By Jonathan Hemmingway
For The Times
Riverside Military’s basketball program was on a roll in winning the Region 8-A tournament. That momentum ceased after a first-round bye and second-round loss 84-44 against North Cobb Christian in the Class A private schools state tournament on Wednesday in Gainesville.
With the loss, the Eagles finished the season with a 15-12 mark.
Riverside Military junior point guard Shad Dabney led its effort with 12 points. However, it was an uphill climb most of the game after North Cobb Christian jumped to a 13-2 early lead.
Riverside Military’s Areeb Ahmad and junior forward Adriel Clark both chipped in eight points in the loss.
A strong inside-out attack of senior post Caleb Crumly (17 points) and sophomore guard Mekhi Mawdesley (24 points) paced coach Aric Mawsley’s group from North Cobb Christian. Crumly, a 6-foot-9 center, is signed to play at the University of Chicago next fall.
Despite the loss, the future looks bright with Dabney and Clark both expected to return for their senior year.
This year, Dabney has already passed 1,000 career points.