OBU can’t solve a ‘Riddle’

Reddies’ Newcomers rise to the occasion in runaway win over Ravine rival

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Hunter Lively, David Salley

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Donovan Lee, Sports Editor

ARKADELPHIA, AR- In certain games, there is an expected amount of energy to be in the arena. Even without fans in attendance, just in warm ups, the intensity was high for the first meeting of 2021 between Ouachita Baptist (1-3 GAC) and Henderson State (3-4 GAC) on the hardwood Monday night.

Out of the tip-off, it was off to the races as Ouachita fired the first successful shot of the game. After an answer from senior forward Raekwon Rogers down in the post and an OBU response at the other end, the Tigers’ lead would reach its peak at 5-2, only to disappear at the hands of HSU.

Henderson would protect their lead on the defensive end as Ouachita could not connect on a shot for over two minutes. With a sigh of relief for OBU as they ended their drought, the Reddies continued to produce and improve on their lead. Henderson went on a 39-11 run to end the half. 

Although Reddies’ junior guard Damian Dear would end the first half with a deep triple at the buzzer, HSU transfer and junior guard Riddle was the topic of discussion. He was responsible for 17 of the Reddies’ 46 points at the half, thanks to his hot hand from beyond the arc (5-6 3-pt FG). He almost outscored Ouachita himself by halftime, since the Tigers only scored 18 points by the intermission. Riddle was the only HSU player in double figures heading into the locker room.

Despite the Reddies’ continuing their scoring showcase both from the field and at the free throw line as Riddle’s roll continued into the second half, a 16-6 run by the Tigers made it a less discouraging margin to overcome, 52-34, with just under 16 minutes to play.

Foul accumulation and an unexpected amount of turnovers seemed to be the only flaws in the Reddies’ game on the night. However, Riddle’s performance overshadowed the inconsistencies of the HSU stat sheet. After surpassing the 30-point mark for the night, Riddle’s performance concluded at 32 points and 9 rebounds.

Raekwon Rogers tallied 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds of his own. Henderson’s bench would close out the victory while the starters took a seat for the night and cheered on their teammates. Each active HSU player touched the court and scored a bucket by the end of the night.

HSU defeated Ouachita Baptist, 96-67, for their fifth straight victory over the Tigers and the largest since the GAC era began. On Saturday, the Reddies travel to Arkansas-Monticello to face the Boll Weevils.