High School Sports

Riverside hammer Admirals to close HoopsFest

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 Gulfport head coach Owen Miller encourages his team during the second quarter of their game against Harrison Central at Bert Jenkins gym in Gulfport on Friday Jan. 29, 2016.
JOHN FITZHUGH/SUN HERALD Gulfport head coach Owen Miller encourages his team during the second quarter of their game against Harrison Central at Bert Jenkins gym in Gulfport on Friday Jan. 29, 2016. SUN HERALD

BILOXI - Riverside didn't miss deep Saturday against Biloxi, hitting 16 3-pointers, including their first six baskets of the game, as they beat Gulfport 76-54 at HoopsFest on Saturday night at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.

Gulfport (15-9) has lost consecutive games, starting Friday night against Harrison Central at Bert Jenkins Gymnasium.

Riverside's 3-point assault was led by Garland Robertson and Jared Bulter. Robertson connected on seven downtown shots, scoring 23 points. Butler was good on six treys and scored a game-high 27 points.

Carl Terrell tried to respond for Gulfport with five 3-pointers, but it wasn't enough. Gulfport had seven treys in the game.

"It's demoralizing," said Gulfport coach Owen Miller. "The 3-point shot is the biggest demoralizer in basketball."

"That's our game," said Riverside coach Tim Byrd. "We open up the floor and put five shooters out there. It's rare that we don't get 10-to-12 3-pointers in a game."

"They really share the ball," Miller said. "They don't stop and they get good lights. It's tough to defend them. When a team makes 16 3-pointers, it's really difficult to overcome that."

VCU commit Malik Crowfield added 14 points for the New Orleans-based Rebels (17-5). Herb McGee scored eight points.

Terrell was the only Admiral in double figures, finishing with 19 points. Keevon Oney added eight points in the closing game at HoopsFest.

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