Cruising past the Civic Center Friday night, people may have caught a glimpse of a charter bus and thought a professional basketball team had arrived.
Riverside Christian may not be ready for the pro level, but the Knights were more than ready to take over McMinnville Civic Center for a single night.
Led by 19 points from Eli Wright and 16 points from Will Eldridge, Riverside Christian topped the Covenant Academy Lions 65-25.
Riverside Christian looked comfortable at the local venue, perhaps because the Knights made the trip just a week ago when they beat Boyd 74-49. Covenant was the latest local team to feel the Knights' wrath.
With Wright controlling the paint and Eldridge filling it up from the perimeter, Riverside built a 29-point lead in the first half.
A late 3-pointer from David Netherton and two layup from Terry Hines helped Covenant cut the lead to 40-23 by halftime.
The Knights quickly enacted the mercy rule after the break, and the second half was mostly played with a running clock.
Jackson Smith was able to score five points for the Lions in the fourth quarter, part of a team-high 13 points for the sophomore. Hines finished with 6, while Elijah Smith scored 2 and Noel Patel tallied 1.