It's been an extremely trying week for River head coach Mark Romick.
The veteran Pilots' coach watched his team score a solid road victory at Bridgeport on Tuesday and was then involved in a serious automobile accident on his way home from practice Wednesday.
After missing practice Thursday, Romick returned to the bench - in noticeable discomfort and his hand significantly bandaged - Friday night when his Pilots hosted Shadyside inside the R.L. Potts Gymnasium in Hannibal.
"I was pretty fortunate the other night, and I have to say a good word to the Guy upstairs because He took care of me," Romick said. "Whether I was (at practice) or not, I trust my assistants and they took care of everything, but it would have had to be something a lot more fierce to keep me away from the game tonight."
After his previous 48 hours, Romick's pre-game message to his players came across loud and clear as River didn't allow Shadyside to score for the first 6 minutes and never looked back en route to a 64-42 victory.
"I told the kids I didn't want to have to yell tonight, and they told me they'd come out focused," Romick said. "I didn't have to worry. We've got the capability to score points in bunches and all seven guys are willing to share the wealth and don't care who scores."
RIVER’S Evan Eggleston shoots over Shadyside’s Ryan Richardson during the second half of Friday’s game in Hannibal. Eggleston scored 12 points as the Pilots prevailed by a 64-42 score. Additional images may be found at cu.timesleaderonline.com
While the Pilots had three players - Matt Marconi (20), Jordan Indermuhle (14) and Evan Eggleston (12) - in double figures, Shadyside head coach Ed Andes watched his team struggle mightily to find the bottom of the net in what's becoming a re-occurring theme.
"I thought our effort was a lot better tonight than it's been in a few previous games, but we just had a tough time scoring," Andes said. "No one was really hitting from the outside."
Shadyside, which dropped to 3-8 on the season, has lost five straight and will return to the Tigers' Den on Tuesday to meet Bridgeport, which it topped in early December.
"I thought we'd be like this in the beginning (of the season) and then get better," Andes said. "We actually had a better start than we thought. We had the effort, but we have to relax and make some shots and score."
After racing out to a 10-0 lead, River eventually led 15-8 after one and upped the margin to 36-18 at the intermission.
Marconi got free for three triples during the second quarter. All told, he scored 14 of his points in the first half.
Indermuhle scored eight points in the second quarter and Eggleston had netted six in the first half.
"We lost sight of Marconi several times and he made us pay," Andes said.
Shadyside, which was led in the scoring column by junior Adam Stupak, got no closer than 13 in the second half and never made a true run as the Pilots' inside game with Eggleston and Indermuhle just proved to be too much especially after freshman Austin Dorris, who scored eight points for the Tigers, was saddled with foul trouble.
"We're back to playing the way we were early in the season, which is a good thing," Romick said. "We didn't play well against Shenandoah for two quarters and we just stunk the court up against Magnolia. Bridgeport jumped on us in the first half, but we came out more focused and got the win. Each night out, these kids are going to the other team's best shot. We're all juniors and we have to learn to deal with those things because the intensity level will be a little higher each night out."
The victory improves the Pilots to 9-3 entering this evening's road trip to Frontier.
Indermuhle finished with a double-double, snagging 16 rebounds. Stupak had eight boards to pace the Tigers'
River overcame 12 turnovers, which was two more than the visitors.
The Pilots made it a clean sweep by capturing the reserve game.
SHADYSIDE (42) - Gibson 3, 0-0 7; Dorris 4, 0-0 8; Stupak 3, 6-8 13; Richardson 2, 1-2 5; Ramsey 1, 0-0 2; Shoemaker 2, 3-4 7; Howell 0, 0-0 0; Nardo 0, 0-0 0; Frizzi 0, 0-0 0; Dalton 0, 0-0 0; Totals: 15, 10-14 42. RIVER (64) - Price 4, 0-0 8; Marconi 8, 0-0 20; Isaly 0, 0-0 0; Dierkes 1, 0-0 2; Brown 2, 0-2 4; Indermuhle 5, 4-8 14; Gauding 0, 0-0 0; Caldwell 2, 0-0 4; Eggleston 6, 0-1 12; Ludolph 0, 0-0 0; Totals: 28, 4-11 64.
Three-Point Goals: S - Gibson, Stupak. R - Marconi (4).
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