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Redstone’s Japhet Rivera singlehandedly outscored the opposing 10-and-under basketball team.

The point guard finished with 16 points, 16 rebounds and two steals as the Warriors beat Lakewood 27-15 on Jan. 19 at the Youth Center. Rivera scored the first four points and Redstone never trailed against the shorthanded Kings.

“He’s a beast,” Warriors coach Greg Knight said.

Benjamin Rodriguez added nine points and six rebounds for Redstone (2-1). Isiah Gilbert grabbed seven rebounds.

“We played good defense,” Knight said. “We were aggressive, pushed the ball up the floor. Just overall good game. They played team basketball. I’m proud of them.”

Rivera stole the ball defensively and he stole the show.

“We worked together as a team,” Rivera, 11, said. “I played really good this game.”

Jaydan Jackson had four points, seven rebounds and two steals for Lakewood (1-2). Thaddius Pruitt Jr. had four points and eight rebounds. Joshua Scott added six rebounds and six steals.

“I’m proud that they kept fighting,” Kings coach Thaddius Pruitt said. “They kept fighting, they kept shooting, overcoming adversity. I’ll take this level of effort any day of the week.”

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