Rams squeeze past Stags for first league win

Riverside's Mikel Bias tries to ignore the defensive pressure applied by Deer Park's Carter Countryman last night
Staff Writer

No one said the first one was going to be easy.
The Riverside boys basketball team, looking for its first Northeast A League win, saw an 11-point third quarter lead evaporate in less than 4 minutes. The Rams, however, refused to fold and secured a 42-40 win over longtime rival Deer Park last night on the strength of two Jacob Harms free throws with 30 seconds remaining and a frantic defensive stand in the game's final seconds.
The win improved the Rams' NE-A record to 1-7 and 2-11 overall. The Stags fell to 3-5, 5-10.
For a while it looked like Riverside would have to wait a little bit longer for its first league win as the Stags jumped out to an early 9-1 lead. That's before Harms started to make his presence felt. The 6-foot-2 senior scored 11 points in the first half as the Rams went on a 19-9 second quarter run to take a 27-20 halftime lead.
The Riverside surge continued in the third quarter, capped off by a three-point play Harms to extend the Ram lead to 35-24.
The lead, however, did not last long as the Stags, fueled by a pressing defense, closed the quarter on a 12-1 run.
The teams traded the lead for the remaining eight minutes. Deer Park's final lead, 38-37 came on a Carter Countryman basket. The Rams' Thaddeus Trepanier answered with a three-pointer with 2:24 remaining, setting up Harms' last-minute heroics from the free throw line.
Harms led all scorers with 16 points while Austin Wisinger was the only Stag in double-figures with 10 points.
The Rams will now host Newport at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, while the Stags return home to play Colville at the same time.

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