South Charleston owned a 48-42 victory over Riverside earlier this month, but the senior-laden Black Eagles weren't about to make the rematch look so close Friday. SC shot 55 percent, owned a 15-5 advantage in turnovers and blew the Warriors out with a 24-5 fourth quarter.
"I thought for two quarters they stayed with us," Herbert said. "They're very good, they're just not as deep as us. We kind of wore them down. Halfway through that third quarter, I thought we got on a little roll there and did a pretty good job defensively and made it hard for them to score. It was over at that point."
A.D. Cunningham led all scorers with 18 points, but the Black Eagles had plenty of contributors: Ra'Shaud Kincaid 10 points, Trevond Reese 10, Tre Clark and Kevin Williams nine each and Hunter Moles eight.
Marcus Reed had 17 points to lead Riverside, hitting three 3-pointers, but the Warriors had trouble with the Eagles' defense.
"We haven't turned it over much," Herbert said. "We were averaging about nine a game until tonight, and we're turning people over about 20 a game. That's giving us 11 or 12 extra possessions, extra shots at the baskets. And that's helping us win games."
SC scored 10 straight points after spotting the Warriors a Nick Light 3-pointer, and never led by less than six the rest of the way. Riverside kept the lead in the low double digits, trailing after three quarters 44-32. SC ran away with a 16-2 run to start the fourth quarter.
A girls game kicks off the action at 3 p.m. today with South Charleston hosting Princeton.
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