The Riverside Panthers used a balance scoring attack Friday night in their 66-51 rivalry victory over Ellwood City.
Riverside was led by three players in double digits including Justin Baust who finished with a game-high 15 points. Baust was joined in double figures by Gunnar Boehm (14 points) and Jesse Fornataro (11 points).
Ellwood City used home court momentum early and jumped out to a 7-0 lead minutes into the contest, but the Panthers collected themselves and used their balance scoring attack to overcome the deficit and pull away by halftime. The Panthers led 17-12 after one quarter and 38-22 at halftime. The game remained a double-digit deficit for the Wolverines for most of the second half only able to get within 11 points late the third quarter.
In addition to the balanced scoring attack, the Panthers were aided by strong free throw shooting that helped keep the Wolverines at bay in the second half. Riverside finished the game 21-27 at the charity stripe. Dylan Spiecher finished 7-8 from the free throw line to boost his nine point scoring output.
Ethan Fotia led the Wolverines with 12 points while Anthony Roth and Broc Boariu finished nine points each in defeat. The Wolverines travel next to play Mohawk on Tuesday.
Riverside also secured a 74-62 victory over Neshannock on Saturday, improving their season record to 7-4 overall. The Panthers will host New Brighton in section play Tuesday night.