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Riverside boys basketball rallies past Orange in nonconference action

Jordon Riley, center, of Riverside drives to the basket against Daniel Mulligam (13) and Logan Vosburg (22) of Orange. The Orange Panthers played the Riverside Pirates in Hillsborough, N.C. on Tuesday, December 15, 2015. Riverside won 72-64.
Jordon Riley, center, of Riverside drives to the basket against Daniel Mulligam (13) and Logan Vosburg (22) of Orange. The Orange Panthers played the Riverside Pirates in Hillsborough, N.C. on Tuesday, December 15, 2015. Riverside won 72-64. newsobserver.com

Andrew Freeman scored seven points for Riverside on Tuesday night, but they were the biggest ones in the game.

Freeman’s 3-pointer with 3:43 remaining gave Riverside the lead for good as the Pirates rallied past Orange 72-64. The Pirates (8-2), who lost to Panther Creek on Monday night, received 20 points from Jordon Riley. A.J. Davis came off the bench for 14.

Orange, which led 55-48 with 6:25 remaining, was led by Logan Vosburg, who scored 24 points. Connor Crabtree, coming off a 32-point game on Friday against Cedar Ridge, scored 16.

Riverside’s Justin Johnson started the rally with a 3-pointer with 5:38 remaining. After Riley scored on a short hook, Freeman scored his first points of the game with a 20-footer to give Riverside a 59-58 lead with 4:43 remaining.

In the final four minutes, Orange (2-4) was held to one field goal and three free throws. The Panthers lost starting point guard Demares Drummond with a shoulder injury when he collided with teammate Daniel Mulligan.

Turning point

Freeman took over the game with a 3-pointer to put the Pirates ahead for the first time since it was 4-3. He went on a personal 7-0 run, which included recovering an errant rebound that ended in a double-clutch reverse layup. He also assisted on a field goal by Riley in that stretch.

They said it

“He came up big for us in the second half. He slowed down a little bit and found our shots within the offense. That’s kind of how our team has been working. It can be a different guy every night that steps up for us,” Riverside coach Brian Strickland.

By the Numbers

2: Number of point guard injuries for Orange this season. Eryk Brandon-Dean was knocked out for the season in September with a torn ACL suffered in a football game against Southern Durham.

8-1: Riverside’s record since a season-opening loss to Durham Academy.

11: Number of Pirates who played. They have 12 on their roster.

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