The Oakland Patriots and Riverdale Warriors split games in District 7-AAA basketball action at Oakland Friday night.
The Oakland boys remain unbeaten in district play and on a collision course with also undefeated Blackman for Tuesday night with a 59-40 win over crosstown rival Riverdale.
“Just to play with so many alumni here from both schools and being able to show out in front of them is big,” Oakland senior De’Arre McDonald said. “We came out a little flat but we worked the kinks out and then showed that we’re the team in Rutherford County and we have to take over like we know we can.”
McDonald led all scorers with 17 points on the night with teammate MJ Grant close behind with 16. DD Anderson turned in a 12-rebound performance. The multi-sport duo of Anderson and McDonald gives Oakland a distinct advantage in the athleticism aspect, with Friday's game being of no exception.
“There is more jumping and cutting and moving on the (football) field,” McDonald said. “It’s ten times easier on the court so (DD Anderson) and me have an advantage because that’s how we play.”
After a tight first period Oakland went on a 14-2 run in the second which provided a lead that would not be squandered, despite strong nights from Warriors Santonio McDaniel and Javon Nelson. McDaniel led Riverdale with 12 points and Nelson went for nine with seven rebounds.
The young Riverdale team for the most part played well defensively, but at times struggled on offense adjusting to Oakland’s multi-look defense, especially Patriot coach Troy Bond’s signature zone defense. Oakland allowed the Warriors just six field goals over the second and third periods combined.
Oakland(59): De’Arre McDonald 17, MJ Grant 16, Price Tramel 10, DD Anderson 8, Antonio Patterson 3, Carrington Allen 3, Josh Edmundson 2
Riverdale(40): Santonio McDaniel 12, Javon Nelson 9, Preston Whittington 6, Tommorius Smith 4, Damon Fann 3, Kade Hewitt 2, Marj Watson 2, CJ Johnson 2
Riverdale 56, Oakland 37
Three Lady Warriors were in double figures, including 24 for senior Alasia Hayes as Riverdale cruised by the Lady Pats. The Warriors continue to improve after losing three starters for the season, and are 8-2 in the last 10 games after starting 1-4.
“It’s a next man up mentality with these kids,” Riverdale coach Amy Josephson said. “Everyone’s doing a great job with it. TK Goff played her best game of the year tonight and I hope she piggy backs off that tomorrow.”
Goff (13 points) and Katelyn Worely (11) were the other two Warriors in double figures and played big roles in holding Oakland standout Claira McGowan and post threat Nicole Egeruoh at bay.
Riverdale(56): Alasia Hayes 24, TK Goff 13, Katelyn Worely 11, Ella Haney 4, Myajae Eubanks 4
Oakland(37): Claira McGowan 13, Nicole Egeruoh 9, Myah Sutton 8, Nikiah Chesterfield 2