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River takes down rival Shadyside

HANNIBAL — River High’s Kabel Isaly put on a spectacular 47-point performance Friday night with an assortment of moves around the paint and uncanny accuracy from 3-point land in a double-overtime thriller at the R.L. Potts gym.

The do-it-all senior’s career-high effort helped coach Mark Romick’s 2-0 record Pilots put away a determined rival Shadyside, 74-65, before a packed and noisy house which grew louder in the extra sessions with each bucket.

Coach Ed Andes’ 1-2 record Tigers rallied from nine down in the fourth quarter to force OT behind senior leader Ben Wach, who had 28 points, but after cutting the lead to 63-62 in the second OT, the hosts went on nine-point run to put it away.

“We made some adjustments on the defensive side in our comeback,” said Andes, “as far as boxing out on the glass, but we had some tired players in the second OT.”

Isaly’s 12 first quarter points included a ‘3’ at :01 to produce a 14-all deadlock while Wach’s seven points and Karl Tsoras’ ‘3’ led the visitors.

Nathan Booth’s layup off a Wach feed gave the Tigers their only second quarter lead at 16-14, before Isaly hit two ‘treys’ and Reed Willis drilled a bonus bomb for a 23-18 Pilot upperhand.

Tyler Stottlemyer 3-pointed for Shadyside to slice it to 25-23, but a Finn Bowers rebound helped the hosts to a 29-23 lead at the break.

“(Kabel’s) been a distributor for most of his career, but we asked him to the ‘the guy’ this season,” said Romick. “We received great efforts from (Lucas) Dennis, (Kaden) Johnson, and Bowers on the glass.”

“Those three gave us extra possessions with their work inside.” Romick shoot his head when he said he’d “never seen a 40-plus point effort when a player (Isaly) doesn’t score in one quarter.”

Three-point plays from Bowers and Johnson pushed River up 35-27, but a Luke Bell ‘3’ a drive from Tsoras and a free throw from Bell had the Tigers close at 37-34. Dennis, however, raised the decibel level at the gym with a huge putback at the horn to keep River up 39-34.

Midway through the fourth and down 47-38, Wach led a rally with seven points, Tsoras hit two from the stripe, and when Stottlemyer swished a ‘3’ for a 52-51 lead the Tiger contingent erupted. Two Nathan Booth fouls made it 54-51, but Isaly twisted his way inside for a layup and a 54-all at :09 as Wach’s 25-footer at the buzzer missed.

Wach scored twice and fed Colton Gorby for a 60-57 lead in OT. Isaly cut it to one with a drive, but Wach could only nail 1-of-2 at the line while Isaly sent it to a second OT at :35.

In the second OT, the Pilots needed Isaly’s touch once again as he rebounded his own miss for a 65-62 lead, before Dennis’ drive cushioned the lead to five. Isaly hit five-of-six from the line, before Wach canned a ‘3’ for a 72-65 difference with 1:15 left.

Willis’ pair from the line wrapped it up with :58 left.

River hit 25-of-58, while the Tigers hit 25-of-51. The Tigers led in turnovers 14-11.

Dennis backed Isaly with eight points, while Willis and Bowers each added seven. Nathan Booth and Tsoras each chipped in nine to back Wach, while Stottlemyer added eight.

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