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Pilots Stay Unbeaten

BRIDGEPORT — Unbeaten River traveled to Bridgeport for a boys’ basketball game Tuesday night only to have a track meet break out as coach Mark Romick’s Pilots raced up and down the court all night long with the Bulldogs trying to keep pace to no avail.

River collected six double-figure scorers while the defense created 18 turnovers, most of which turned into easy layups on the other end, and the Pilots used six scoring runs of nine points or more to cruise to an easy 90-43, running clock, victory over Bridgeport on John J. Havlicek Court at Bridgeport High School.

In all the 4-0 Pilots held a whopping 40-16 advantage in field goals and grabbed a 26-11 edge off the glass. The two teams combined for just 13 free throw attempts.

“We like to play at a pretty quick pace,” Romick admitted. “And we play opportunistic defensively. When someone picks the ball we like to get it down the court quick. But the biggest thing with this team is that they share the ball, and at times may even be a little bit too unselfish.”

Coach Donnie Cash’s ‘Dogs (1-3) managed to hang around early, trailing just 13-10 with 3:51 to play in the opening quarter before River, thanks in large part to turnovers and fast-break points, closed the frame on a 16-5 run and led 29-15 heading to the second. River Thompson came off the bench to score 10 of his 16 points in the quarter.

Things only got worse for Bridgeport in the second as runs of 8-0 and later 10-0 to close the half all but put the Bulldogs away with a 51-23 halftime deficit. The visitors opened up a 35-point lead late in the third quarter that provided the running clock.

“We were able to hit a couple of threes early to open things up and then we took over the pace of the game,” Romick added. “We have seven or eight guys that we rely on heavily and we are working on developing even more depth and chemistry. We have a freshman and sophomore that are both seeing a lot of playing time.

“Bridgeport will be alright, they have some shooters and hit some shots (Tuesday). Coach Cash does a great job with those kids.”

Kabel Isaly and Thompson shared team scoring honors with 16 each while Brody Lollathin added 14, Kam Potts 11 and Austin Creamer and Brody Longwell each scored 10 for the winners. Thompson added a team-high seven rebounds for the Pilots. Lamar Kendricks equaled Isaly and Thompson with 16 for the Bulldogs while Colin Jackson tallied 13. Gary Widmor pulled down a game-high eight missed shots.

“I was pleased with our offense in the first quarter, but we didn’t guard anyone on the other end,” Cash admitted. “We are just looking to make strides in a positive way and to get better every time we are on the court. But we need everyone contributing and that has to start at practice where we need to take everything seriously.

“We only have two seniors, and this is not a one-year plan, it is a two or three year plan, but we are definitely working towards the future.”

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