Area Roundup 1-19-18: Riverside Prep knocks off Hesperia Christian in OT
HESPERIA — The Riverside Prep boys basketball team scored a major upset with a 63-59 overtime victory against Hesperia Christian on Friday.
It was the Patriots’ first league loss in six seasons, a streak that dates back to their time in the Agape League. The loss creates a tie atop the CVL with Hesperia Christian and Big Bear. Hesperia Christian beat Riverside Prep 61-52 in the team’s first meeting.
The Patriots went on a 5-0 run to start overtime but could not hold on. Down 59-54 in overtime, Sal Maldonado knocked down a 3 to pull the Silver Knights within two points. Amir Bahar blocked a shot and then scored on a layup to tie the game, before Marques Kernan nailed two free throws to seal Riverside Prep’s victory.
Hunter Dobyns hit a 3 in the final seconds of regulation to force overtime for the Hesperia Christian.
“They went on a big run to force overtime. We got a good look at the end of regulation but Lou Baron wasn’t able to hit the shot,” Riverside Prep coach Chris McIntyre said. “They went up in overtime and then our defense stepped up for us. The boys weathered the storm and held their ground to pull off the win. This was big for us tonight but we still have a lot of business to take care of this season.”
Baron led the Silver Knights with 19 points and eight rebounds; Bahar ended with 17 points and nine rebounds; and Maldonado added 13 points and five rebounds and two steals.
Hesperia Christian coach Scott Dobyns said his team lacked enthusiasm in the first half and spent the rest of the way chasing the game.
Niko Nikolovoski helped the Patriots stay in the game in the first half with four 3-pointers in the second quarter. He finished the night with 12 points. Jeremiah Fredieu finished with 17 points and also hit four 3s to go with his five rebounds. Quentin Wilson had 11 points and eight rebounds.
The Silver Knights (10-8, 5-3 CVL) host CIMS on Tuesday. Hesperia Christian (11-6, 7-1 CVL) travels to play Silver Valley on Tuesday.
Riverside Prep 19 14 11 10 9 — 63
Hesp. Christian 8 20 15 11 5 — 59
Prep Boys Basketball