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Knights crush Lions
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Jeffery Simmons photo Covenant's Daniel Young rises for a layup in Friday's matchup with Riverside Christian. The Lions fell 65-25 to the visiting Knights.

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.