Wild ride for Wildcats ends in 4A Semi-State for Riley

The Wild Wildcat Ride ended in the 4A Semi-State for South Bend Riley.

NC State bound forward Julius Mays scored 28 points to lead the Marion Giants past Riley 64-52 at Lafayette Jefferson High School on Saturday.

Mays will be joined at NC State but teammate Scott Wood, who scored 13 points for the Giants.

Riley was shooting to reach the state championship for the second time in school history. The Wildcats lost in the State finals in their only apperance back in 1945.

JT Breveard led Riley with 12 points, Larry King scored 10 and Lee Ross added 9.

Marion led 10-7 after the 1st quarter and extended the lead to 11 by halftime.

Mays found Jay Edwards for an alley oop in the 3rd to extend Marion's lead to 16.

In the 4th, Riley junior Larry King scored with four minutes left in the game to pull the Wildcats within 7.

But Riley could not get any closer the rest of the way.

The Wildcats had a tremendous post-season run, winning their previous three games heading into Semi-State by a combined six points.

Junior Cody Henson was the hero twice, hit a game-winning bucket with eight seconds left to lift Riley past SB Washington for the South Bend Sectional Championship.

Last Saturday, Henson scored at the buzzer to lift Riley past defending 4A State Champion East Chicago Central 61-60. Henson's bucket capped off a 14-0 run to close out the game for the Wildcats.

It was Riley's first apperance in Semi-State since 1990.

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