Riverside and Curtis had played a pair of three point games this season, each team winning one.
On Lundi Gras, the third meeting was a classic.
Riverside’s Herb McGee hit two free throws with 4.3 seconds remaining as the Rebels stormed back from 13 points down to beat Curtis Monday night 62-60. Riverside won the district championship.
A three point heave from 30 feet at the horn from Curtis’ Raekwon James hit the backboard, went in and came out.
Riverside took a 12-6 lead in the first quarter on a jumper by Malik Crowfield. Curtis stormed back to take a 28-26 halftime lead.
The Patriots went on a 16-5 run to start the third quarter. Raekwon James hit a three pointer from the left side to give Curtis a 44-31 lead. Riverside stormed back behind Corey Costanza who hit four second half three pointers. His three in the 4th quarter gave Riverside a 50-49 lead.
Riverside led by as many as seven before Curtis tied the game at 60 on a steal and layup by Prine Lewis with 30.4 seconds to play.
“You have to expect to play a fourth game. They are just so talented and have so many athletes. and they keep running people at you,” said Timmy Byrd. “You have to expect to play em. I am sure neither one wants to play in the playoffs, but you have to expect it.”
Constanza led Riverside with 18, all on threes. Herb McGee had 14 points.
Isaac Banks led Curtis with 10 points.