Comeback Central: Vikings and Riverside split showdowns

Mark Martin

It was the tale of two contests.

Ripley and Riverside met in a pair of boys basketball games played out over the course of a three-day period.

The Vikings managed to take the first encounter at the Ripley Health Center Saturday night (March 20).

Then on Monday evening (March 22), Riverside, guided by former Ravenswood Red Devil player Taylor Woods, prevailed on its home floor.

While the games and outcomes were totally different, there was a common theme featured in the two meetings ... a great comeback.

Ripley roared from 14-down in its win on Saturday while Riverside battled back in the fourth quarter at home to send that showdown to overtime which ultimately resulted in a Warrior victory.

Ripley 67-Riverside 57

A sluggish beginning by Ripley caused Viking head coach Luke Parsons to make a gutsy decision.

“We started out slow,” Parsons said. “I emptied my bench in the first half to try to get things going.

“Those guys off the bench gave us a lot of energy going into halftime down 14.”

One of the vital cogs was Virgil Myers, who scored seven points and came away with five steals.

“He played an all-around great game and got us back in the game,” Parsons stated. “In the second half we came out and shut them down and played better offensively. It was a big comeback win.”

Down 54-50 heading into the fourth quarter, Ripley waltzed by the Warriors with a scoring margin of 17-3.

Ripley trailed 28-9 at the end of the first quarter and was behind 43-29 at the break.

Luke Johnson led a trio of double figure scorers for the Vikings with 17. He added 11 rebounds, four steals and four blocks.

Isaiah Casto finished the game with 13 points, three assists and two steals.

Brady Anderson contributed 10 points while Cade Goode produced eight.

Also scoring for the Vikings were Carson Goff with five and Kadin Hall, who delivered three. Joey Ramsey and Logan Hash rounded things out with two each.

Ripley was 25-of-57 shooting from the field with a 5-of-18 performance behind the 3-point line. The Vikings were 12-of-22 at the free throw stripe.

Peyton Foreman had a game-high 34 points for Riverside while Josh Arthur chipped in 12.

Riverside 70-Ripley 68

In the second encounter, Ripley was ahead 48-40 going into the final eight minutes of play.

The fourth quarter allowed Riverside to gain revenge in comeback fashion, outscoring the Vikings, 23-15, to force overtime.

The Warriors managed to outscore Ripley by two in the OT portion of the game to pick up the hard-earned 70-68 win.

Ripley got a 27-point scoring effort from both Johnson and Goode, with each hitting a pair of 3-pointers.

Johnson was 5-of-7 at the line, grabbed 12 rebounds, blocked two shots and came up with two steals. Goode was 5-of-6 in the free throw department while pulling down two rebounds, handing out an assist, blocking a shot and getting a steal.

Isaiah Casto had eight points for Ripley along with five steals and two assists. Kaedon Profitt had four points. Hall scored two points and had three assists.

Arthur scored 25 in the win while Braydin Ward supplied 15 for the Warriors.