ZALMA - The Richland Rebels snapped a five-game losing streak with a 84-64 road win over the Zalma Bulldogs on Friday night.
The Rebels led 55-28 at the half and never looked back.
"I was very pleased with the way the kids came out and played," said Richland head coach Jim Lincoln. "We scored 55 points in the first half and shot the ball well, but I thought we played with a little bit more intensity than what we've played the last couple of weeks. We shot the ball well and when we do that then we can compete with teams. I was happy with our performance tonight with the long bus trip and no school today."
Richland (6-8) got 21 points out of all-state guard Sherome Cole and 20 points out of Josh McMullin. Travis Nelson added 10 points.
The Rebels drained 11 3-pointers in the contest. Richland saw nine different players reach the scoring column.
Zalma was led by Wiseman with 22 and McCain with 20.
"We've lost some close games and it's important for the kids to get to have a little success," said Lincoln. "Any time you get a win it's good. I think our kids had a little different look in their eye at halftime. You need some re-encouragement, and it doesn't matter who you get the win against."
Richland will play Bernie in the Stoddard County Conference Tournament on Tuesday at 5:30 at Bloomfield gymnasium. The Rebels are seeded sixth while Bernie is third.