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Lions fall to Riverside
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Jeffery Simmons photo Vansh Patel scored 11 points in Friday's loss.

The Covenant Academy Middle School boys team gave Riverside Christian its best shot Friday, but suffered the same fate as three other Covenant teams against the Knights.

Despite getting a standout performance from Vansh Patel, the Lions lost 39-22 at McMinnville Civic Center.
Patel was a bright spot for the Lions, scoring 11 points in the loss. Patel was relentless attacking the rim, showing great patience and athleticism to finish over a big Knight front line.

Patel had five points at the half, when the Lions trailed 28-15, and finished strong with a 3-pointer, layup and free throw in the fourth quarter.

Other scorers for Covenant included 5 points from Smit Patel, 4 points from Collin Panter - including a 3-pointer in the second quarter - and 2 points form Chase Newby.

Riverside post Gus Hill finished with a game-high 14 points. Colby Harmening added 11.