Galena's 6'4" 245 football linebacker Zack Gougler in a basketball uniform scored 8 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter as the Bulldogs came from behind to defeat Riverton. The Rams entered the match with a perfect 14-0 record.
Galena's coach Matt Meyr said after the game "our goal was to get revenge" referring to the last minute loss against the Rams in January.
The Bulldogs had a six point lead with 1:11 minutes left in that 52-47 comeback by Riverton. Meyr added about the victory
"We fought back being down 8 points," Meyr said. "We were frustrated the first time."
Galena is now 12-3.
The Bulldogs led off the fourth quarter with an 9-0 run to go ahead 45-43. Riverton was unable to score the first three minutes until Chandler Underhill drove the lane and made his plus-one. Quickly, Galena had two baskets by Gougler and one by Chad Shepard for a 51-46 margin.
The Rams' Dylan Weaver converted two free throws. After a two minute stall, Galena's Ray Slimp made two free throws to stay ahead 53-48. Weaver popped a basket to put the Ram's down by three with 51 seconds left.
Galena then iced the game with two free throws each from Gougler and J.J. Helton. Off the bench, the Ram's Troy Eckhoff popped his second three of the night to bring the final score of 58-53. Riverton managed only 2 offensive rebounds for the night.
Underhill and Landon North each finished with 11 points. Weaver had 8, Travis Qualls and Eckhoff 6 each, and Hunter Deckard 5. Additional top scorers for the Bulldogs were Shepard with 14 and Shepard with 11.
With balanced scoring of Weaver with 14 points, Greyson Spriggs and North with 13 each, Riverton logged win No. 14 after defeating Frontenac 50-35 in Riverton last Tuesday night.
This win was different than the first game against the Raiders in the Lancer Classic championship match. In that game Riverton held a slight 25-23 after three quarters before blowing out the Raiders for the first place win. Last Tuesday the Ram's stout defense limited Frontenac to only four, five and six points after three quarters.
Again the Rams came on strong in the fourth with 6 field goals and 12 free throws for 24 scores. Five Riverton players scored in the final frame.
For the game, Weaver grabbed 8 rebounds and North 6. Underhill swatted two blocked shots.
The Rams travel the next two games with contests at Baxter Springs on Friday and Quapaw on Monday.
Lady Rams win one, lose one
The Lady Rams entertained the 13-1 Frontenac Lady Raiders last Tuesday. The Frontenac fans were the ones that were entertained as their girls led 38-21 at the half and finished with a 58-41 victory. As stated before, the Lady Rams returned only one starter this year and only three with varsity experience.
Senior Taylor Price led both teams with scoring with 22.
On Friday, the Lady Rams picked up win number 6 of the season with a fine performance against Galena., 43-25. Riverton's defense allowed only 4,6,8, and 7 points in each quarter.
Again, Price was top scorer with 13. Mattea Cupp chipped in 9, Molly McDonald 8, and Kenzie Dunbar 6.