Ever since the rivalry began, the Boys Basketball game between John Adams and SB Riley has been a game that attracts crowds, brings out the intensity and emotion of the game, and is always sure to be a not to miss game. This match up, the 171st meeting between the two schools also awarded the winning team the traveling Goldsberry Trophy.
When the two teams met on Friday night, the Eagles traveled to SB Riley in the important Northern Indiana Conference matchup.
Adams got out to a lead through the first quarter as the two crosstown foes looked to get the early momentum in the game. Through the first half, both teams continued to play with high temp, energy, and emotion. The Eagles played a balanced game both on offense and defense, taking the 32-24 lead into the locker rooms at halftime.
After the half, Adams was happy to control the pace of the game, looking for the Wildcats to make mistakes as they got desperate. The emotion of the game began to get the best of Riley as Adams kept its composure, holding on to the lead, even as the Wildcats tried to have a last ditch effort to stay in it in the final minutes. A pair of free throws at the end of the game iced it for Adams, and the Eagles won the game 61-55.
Quentez Columbus was the leading scorer for Adams in the game. Columbus finished the night with 23 points and he also finished an impressive 6 for 6 from the free throw line, including the two at the end of the game to seal the win.
Sydney Jefferies was 9 for 10 on free throws and ended the night with 16 points. Brayden Saxton scored 12 points, Lynn King made 8 points, and Kyrin McClatchey scored 2 points.
The win has several important effects on the season as well. With the victory, Adams will have at least a share of the NIC title, and a win next Friday will give Adams the outright title. Adams also retains the Goldsberry Trophy.
Coach Chad Johnston earned win 240, tying him with retired Coach Bob Berger from Riley at #3 all time for South Bend coaches.
Adams is 11-0 in the NIC and closes the season and conference play out next Friday night at New Prairie. Adams defeated SB Riley twice this season and improves to 19-3 overall.