CHEROKEE - After a three-game sweep, the Riverton Rams became the tournament champions in the 21st Lancer Classic held last week in Cherokee. As their season low scores indicate, the Rams who play a slow, methodical, patient game are now 11-0.
In their first game, Riverton defeated Baxter Springs 41-29, then Columbus 47-41, and Frontenac in the championship match 47-29.
Against the Lions, Riverton led only 31-26 after three quarters. As in most games this season, the Rams played a swarming defense and held Baxter Springs to three points in the fourth.
Landon North led the Rams in scoring with 14 points on 6-11 shooting including a 3 point shot.. North also had 3 steals. Greyson Spriggs had 9 rebounds to go along with his 6-8 free throws for 8 points total. Dylan Weaver had 6 boards and 7 points. Eight Rams counted in the scoring column.
Austin Karnes led the Lions in balanced scoring with 8 points followed by Kasey Elias 7, and Zak Himes with 5.
Down 38-25 after three quarters, the Columbus Titans fought back in the fourth. With .54 seconds left the Titans Colten Stanley drained a three to bring Columbus within two - 41-39. The Rams were in a shooting funk scoring only three points in the final stanza until Spriggs made two free throws with 11 seconds remaining. At the .023 mark Andrew Teel brought Columbus back within 2 43-41 with a sharp field goal. To stop the clock Columbus fouled Spriggs who made his two free shots to seal the win.
North again was the scoring leader for the Rams with 15 points. Consistent Spriggs had 11 points with 7 free throws and 8 rebounds. Jacob Qualls scored 6 and Chandler Underhill grabbed 6 boards. Stanley led the Titans with 12.
In the championship game against Frontenac both teams started with the idea that neither team were allowed to shoot the ball, Frontenac broke the ice with their attempt two minutes into the match and scored first with almost three minutes gone.
The Raider's defense didn't allow the selective Rams a shot until 4 minutes had elapsed. Final first quarter score was 7-4 in favor of Riverton. It was 16-16 at the half.
The two teams tight defenses held each other in check throughout the third. The Rams headed into the fourth quarter with a two point lead 25-23.
Riverton just flat blew out the Raiders in the fourth scoring 22 points verses just 6 for Frontenac. North scored 11 of his 17 points and Weaver 6 of his 8 in the fourth. Sophomore Qualls playing an impressive inside game was 6-6 shooting for 12 points. North and Spriggs were selected for the All-Tournament team.
Riverton entertains Chetopa this Friday with the Rams homecoming celebration.