Updated: Feb 24
Painesville, Ohio – On a wintery Wednesday night Riverside looked to defend home court in their first playoff matchup against Twinsburg who came into the matchup 13-10 while Riverside came in at 19-3.
Riverside’s 27 point fourth quarter would be the deciding factor in their 60-52 win.
The game started off very slow for both teams but the Tigers Adam Williams got going pretty early. He matched Riverside’s eight total points with eight of his own about halfway into the period.
A few minutes passed by before Riverside would get going as they knocked down a three pointer tying the game at 13 a piece.
Twinsburg fired back as they hit a three pointer followed by a layup from Williams that would give them a 18-15 lead going into the second.
Williams finished with ten first quarter points.
Twinsburg came out dominating in the second. They came out and went on a 13-0 run causing two Riverside timeouts in the first half of the quarter.
Coming out of the second timeout Austin Lee was huge as he went on a 7-0 run of his own to cut the lead to 31-22 and prompt a timeout from Twinsburg.
Lee came out of the timeout with another basket which would be the last bucket of the half. The half concluded with Twinsburg up 31-24.
Both teams came out of the half trading baskets as an Adam Williams basket would eventually prompt a timeout from Riverside halfway through the quarter.
Charlie Fox came out of the timeout with a dime for a Brady McKnight layup cutting the lead to 37-30.
Unfortunately for Riverside, Twinsburg came right back with a quick five points with about 2:30 left in the period prompting another Riverside timeout.
Taggart would then finish the quarter out with a three point shot which would be the final bucket of the quarter.
The third quarter ended with Twinsburg up nine at 42-33.
After being down the majority of the game Riverside came into the fourth quarter determined not to lose.
They started the quarter out with a 14-2 run thanks to a couple of baskets from Taggart including a huge three point play.
A three pointer from Lee and layups from Charlie Fox and Mikey Maloney would also add to this run.
The explosive run gave Riverside their first lead in a long time going into a timeout called by Twinsburg.
Adams took the lead right back straight out of the timeout as Taggart answered right back with a bucket for Riverside with about 2 minutes to go.
The last minutes went by as the game was eventually sealed with a Fox and one along with two more free throws from Riverside.
Riverside came out victorious with 60-52.
When asked about Taggart’s huge fourth quarter Coach Matt Grendel said,
“No moment is ever too big for Andrew, he has a lot of confidence in himself as do us coaches.”
Andrew’s big fourth quarter helped him lead Riverside with 20 points and Austin Lee contributed with 15. Adam Williams for Twinsburg finished with a game high of 24 points.