Pulaski's Eli Olson tries to grab the ball away from
Riverton's Vince Lanier Friday night. The Toppers had a
battle on their hands all evening. The Hawks finally
pulled away with a big lead midway through the second
half, winning by a final score of 53-34.
Mount Pulaski falls to Riverton in Friday
night basketball action 53-34
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[January 30, 2016]
Mount Pulaski's entered battle at Riverton on Friday night. Mount
Pulaski had not played since last Friday night and the time off was not
beneficial for the team.
The Toppers started the game a little rusty and unfortunately just could
not catch any break in this one. It did not help that as a team the
Toppers shot a dismal 17 percent from the three-point range.
The only lead the Toppers could muster in this one was 2-0 to start on a
bucket by Peyton Taylor.
After that opening basket, Riverton's Anthony Frank nailed a three to
put the home team in the lead for good. Frank would go on to lead all
scorers with 18 points.
Mount Pulaski did manage to pull within 7-6 early but back to back
baskets by Lanier stretched the lead to 11-6. Taylor scored off the
offensive rebound with :34 seconds left in the first quarter to make
the score 11-8 but then it was a nice lob into Lanier as time was
expiring and he gently laid it in for a 13-8 Riverton lead at the
end of one quarter of play.
The second quarter began with Riverton's Ryan Roscetti dodging
traffic thru the lane and getting the bucket to fall, 15-8 the lead
now. A minute later Jordan Fisher knocked down a three for Riverton
and the Hawks held a ten point lead over the Toppers, 18-8 the
Meanwhile the Toppers struggled shooting from the field until Caleb
Przykopanski came in off the bench and immediately launched a three
that was good, cutting the Riverton lead to 22-14. That was the lone
bright spot for Mount Pulaski in the second quarter, and as noted
earlier the Toppers could not catch a break in this one. Even what
looked like a clean block by Taylor turned out to be a foul.
Nonetheless the boys hung in there and they only trailed 24-15 at
The third quarter saw the Toppers break out of the slump for a spell
as Lukas Aylesworth got a couple baskets to fall and then Brett Huff
finally broke his dry spell and hit a trey to pull Mount Pulaski to
within six points, 28-22. Then it was Aylesworth's turn again to
bank one in and close the gap some more, 28-24 the score with 5:15
left to play in the third quarter.
Here is where the tide turned though and it was quick and rather
rough. It all started with the alley-oop to Frank. That started a
scoring run that included baskets by Roscetti and Zak Merchant as
well. Then it was Josh Gabriel scoring to give Riverton a 36-25
Brett Huff finally connected from the field around the 3:00 mark and
the Hawks lead was 38-27.
Following a basket by Taylor to make the score 40-29, the big man
for the Toppers had to take a seat on the bench with his fourth foul
as the clock showed 1:07 in the third quarter. Taylor came back in
just before the end of the quarter, long enough to get elbowed and
knocked to the ground as Frank made his way to the basket and scored
to make it 43-29 at the buzzer.
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Riverton just padded the lead in the fourth quarter and the Toppers
could only get one basket from the field to go along with three free
throws. A dismal five-point performance by the Toppers in that final
quarter and a ten-point quarter by the Hawks was the grand finale as
the Toppers dropped this one, 53-34.
Taylor led the Toppers with 10 points and 8 rebounds.
Mount Pulaski falls to 10-10 on the season.
The Mount Pulaski Junior Varsity also fell to Riverton by a score of
46-42. Eli Griesheim led the JV with 25 points.
Mount Pulaski plays at home next Tuesday versus Tri-City. The
Toppers last home game will be Friday night versus Springfield
Toppers varsity scoring
Brett Huff 7
Brandon Huff 1
Riverton varsity scoring