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Riverview puts King away early

Getting ready to move back into district play, Riverview regained some of its confidence with a 79-56 victory against King on Wednesday.

"We needed this win," Sharks coach Mike Baker said. "After the 7-1 run we had to start the season, we are now 3-3 in the district with two tough games coming up against Sarasota and Sarasota Riverview in the next week."

Riverview (10-5) opened the game with an 11-0 run. Richard Touissant, who scored five points during the quarter, ended the drought, but the Lions trailed 24-8 after the quarter. Jeff Kovacs scored 15 of his game-high 25 points during the quarter.

"I've had fairly good luck this year, shooting about 45 percent on 3-pointers," said Kovacs, who made all four of his 3-pointers. "But my guys were really getting me good reads all night."

Leading 39-18 during the second quarter, Baker put in his second unit.

"A couple of times this year, I've done the same thing when we have gotten big leads," he said. "Once, it backfired on us. But I wanted to get some of the younger guys game experience, and it worked out fine."

Leading 46-25 at halftime, Riverview pulled away further with a 10-2 run that gave it a 68-40 lead after three.

Steve Walker scored 14 for the Sharks, Nolan Ward and Jonathan White 13 and Patrick Wonsey 10.

"We got a lot of our confidence back," Kovacs said. "We hustled on defense and got the open shots. I know we are ready for the big districts games coming up."

Senior Cleve Michener made three 3-pointers to lead King (4-12) with 14 points.

"We're struggling a bit this year," Lions coach Sam Lanier said. "But we are young, starting two sophomores and a junior. We're learning, and we'll get better."

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