Jordan Andrews gets the dunk for Riverside Academy (Rick Hickman / American Press)
Last Modified: Monday, March 17, 2014 12:12 PMRiverside Academy pulled away in the fourth quarter of a 88-75 win over Lakeview in the Top 28 Class 2A championship game Saturday at Burton Coliseum.
Riverside (36-3) won its second consecutive title and fourth in five years.
Game MVP Malik Crowfield scored 33 to lead the Rebels. Herb McGee added 18 and Cavron Julien scored 17.
Lakeview (28-5) was led by Tay Hardy’s 15. Jerald Bush and Tray Kirkendoll scored 13 each.
Riverside went on a 10-2 run early in the fourth quarter to take a 75-68 lead after Lakeview briefly led 66-65 on a three point play by Brent Toussaint.
“Thirty-four rebounds for us, 30 for them,” said Riverside head coach Timmy Byrd. “I told the team if we matched them in rebounds or beat them, we would win the game. We would not have to shoot it the best or play a perfect game.
“Of course, Malik was terrific. He and McGee carried us in the first half when we could not get the offense going.”
Lakeview built an early double-digit lead by scoring 12 unanswered points in the first quarter while forcing eight Riverside turnovers.
Riverside closed the half with a 9-1 run to take a 35-33 lead into halftime. Crowfield scored 10 of Riverside’s first 12 points and added 12 more in the second quarter, including five during the late run to put the Rebels ahead.
Riverside retained its two-point lead after the third quarter, when Crowfield scored nine more points and Bush scored eight off the bench for Lakeview.
“We lost to a very good team,” said Lakeview head coach Joshua Hancock. “Down the stretch they executed offensively. We lost some assignments defensively. Malik was unbelievable, he shot the lights out.”