A blazing start turned into a lopsided win for Triad on Friday as the Cardinals jolted Riverside 68-35 in the opening round of the Benjamin Logan Tip-Off Classic.
Triad’s Briley Harlan goes to the basket in front of Riverside’s Kyle Knight during Friday’s Tip-Off Classic game at Benjamin Logan. (EXAMINER PHOTO | AARON LaBATT)
The Cardinals advance to tonight’s championship game against North Union at 8 p.m. The Pirates face Ben Logan in the consolation game at 6 p.m.
Triad shot 70 percent from the field and made 15 three-pointers.
“We shot incredibly well,” said Triad head coach Jason Malone. “That’s as good as I’ve ever seen us shoot the ball.
“We only had three varsity guys back so everyone did really well.”
The Cardinals raced out to a 19-3 lead. They continued to dominate in the second quarter, outscoring the Pirates 26-15 to build a 45-18 halftime cushion.
“I figured we would be nervous,” said Riverside head coach Seth Bodenmiller. “Triad got off to a great start and shot incredibly well. We just lacked confidence at the start. We had a lot of young guys in their first varsity game and it showed.”