Riverside hit the road this past weekend for the 41st Annual Gilcrest Tournament to wrap up November play and lead into the beginning of December action. After falling in the first round to Sequoias, the Tigers rattled off three-straight victories leading to a consolation tournament championship victory over Cerritos. The Tigers displayed great poise throughout the entire tournament by winning tight games in crucial moments. In the final three games, RCC saw four starters in double-digits highlighted by the play of freshman point guard Kimari Hollis. Hollis landed in double-digits in each game of the tournament highlighted by a 22-point showing in the first game against Sequoias. Sophomore forward Darricka Hewitt played very well and dominated the paint on defense. She hauled in 35 total rebounds in the tournament with a game-high 14 coming in a victory over Reedley. The Tigers pushed their record to 7-5 on the season and will participate in the Glendale Crossover starting Wednesday, December 20th.
The Tigers stumbled in the 2017 Hemet Valley Kiwanis Hoops Tournament hosted by Mt. San Jacinto by going 1-2. The Tigers started off hot by defeating Bakersfield, 79-72, in the opening round, but dropped two straight to Chaffey (72-62) and Copper Mountain (87-83), respectfully. In a victory over the Renegades, sophomore guard Andre Wilson recorded a team-high 21 points which included a 3-for-5 mark from three-point land. He went a flawless 6-for-6 from the charity stripe as well. Freshman center Jordan Robinson finished with a double-double by scoring 18 points and reeling in 11 boards. Sophomore guard Brae Ivey was a strong offensive threat by finishing with 20 points and now has scored in double-digits in nine-straight games. The Tigers will host the Riverside Holiday Tournament starting this Thursday, December 7th through Saturday, December 9th.
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