John D' Abruzzo's feature on the Riverside boys' basketball team:
"The first half of the season wasn't too kind to the Riverside boys basketball team.
Struggling out of the gate in Class AA Section 2, the Panthers were just 1-4 against section opponents and owned a 3-6 overall record by the end of December.
"The start of the season was rough," 6-foot-5 senior forward Tyler Falk said. "There was a point early on when our coach [John Rorick] pulled us aside and told us that we needed to pick it up with defensive pressure and cause more turnovers."