Despite Kenneth Tyree’s 30 point performance for Friendship Tech, Riverdale Baptist went on a big run in the second half to win 84-63 on Thursday night.
The Crusaders senior guard Deion Hammond, who is signed to play for Monmouth University next season, finished the game with a double-double 27 points and 11 rebounds.
Kenneth Tyree had a big showing early on in the first half with a variety of moves getting to the rim and capping it off with a tough step-back three pointer in the first quarter. Riverdale Baptist led the whole game no matter how many runs Tech went on.
Hammond had a good game knocking down several three pointers which is his specialty. He also had some highlight plays with his big handed dunk in the second half and a nice lefty layup.
Donovann Toatley had the crowd buzzing with a half court buzzer beater that gave Riverdale Baptist a 39-28 lead at halftime. Toatley, who tallied 13 points and six assists, had 11 points in the half. Hammond had 13 points, and Tyree registered 14 points for Tech.
Riverdale Baptist came out of the break and went on a 12-9 run. The Crusaders bench was making early production starting with Charles Creek. Creek is a big body forward, who is excellent in transition. He connected on some tough layups in the second half and finished the game with 10 points.
Tyree was still making plays to keep Tech in the game. Malik Miller, who scored 17 points, and Nathan Lemons tried to help Tech make a run late in the game.
The Crusaders ran away with the game when Ayan Teel and Wayne Bristol. Teel knocked down back to back three pointers. Bristol followed with a one handed throw down in transition to put the Crusaders up by 21.
Riverdale Baptist next game will be on the road against Douglass on Saturday.