Rio Tips Off Bevo Francis Invitational Against UC-Clermont

By
Nathan Wiseman

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Updated Fri, Nov 15, 2013 10:00 am

This weekend Rio Grande will play host to the 31st Annual Bevo Francis Invitational Tournament at the Newt Oliver Arena.  The tournament is played in honor of Bevo Francis, the 1950’s Rio Grande basketball phenomenon.

The Rio Grande men’s and women’s basketball teams will host six visiting schools for Homecoming and Hall of Fame weekend. Cincinnati Christian, the University of Cincinnati-Clermont, and Ohio University-Chillicothe join the RedStorm in the men’s bracket. 

The second game of the opening day kicks off the men’s bracket with a matchup between the Cincinnati Christian and Ohio-Chillicothe at 4 p.m.

Head coach Ken French and the RedStorm men (2-0) will conclude Friday’s slate of games as they entertain a Cincinnati-Clermont team that currently sits at 1-1 on the year.  The Cougars, led by head coach Greg Himes, knocked off the Rio Grande junior varsity squad to start the season 1-0 before falling to Milligan 87-74 last Friday night. 

The RedStorm commenced the 2013-14 season in the Saunders Insurance Tipoff Classic last weekend with a convincing 121-72 win over Miami University-Hamilton on Friday night and a close 83-73 victory over Indiana University-Kokomo on Saturday. The Rio Grande men’s squad is off to a 2-0 start on the season with its most recent contest being an 119-77 exhibition loss to Marshall on Tuesday night in Huntington, W.Va.

Marshall’s tough defensive pressure showcased some weaknesses and room for improvement to Rio’s offense. Rio Grande missed 14 of its first 15 shots and went nine minutes without scoring a single basket. The RedStorm also showed that they need a lot of work from the behind the arc after making only 10 of their 35 3-point shots.  

Sophomore guard Phillip Hertz has stepped up and entered a game-changing role for the RedStorm with his Mid-South Conference-leading 24 points per contest. Hertz scored a game high 27 points last Saturday night, which helped lift Rio over Indiana-Kokomo. Freshman forward Jalen Harris leads the team in rebounds and blocks, pulling down 17 rebounds and rejecting five shots in his first two collegiate games.

Senior guard Jermaine Warmack netted 17 points and not turning the ball over. Three games into the season, Warmack leads the RedStorm in the assists category with nine and steals with seven.  

Rio Grande is scheduled to tip off at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov.This weekend Rio Grande will play host to the 31st Annual Bevo Francis Invitational Tournament at the Newt Oliver Arena.  The tournament is played in honor of Bevo Francis, the 1950’s Rio Grande basketball phenomenon.

The Rio Grande men’s and women’s basketball teams will host six visiting schools for Homecoming and Hall of Fame weekend. Cincinnati Christian, the University of Cincinnati-Clermont, and Ohio University-Chillicothe join the RedStorm in the men’s bracket. 

The second game of the opening day kicks off the men’s bracket with a matchup between the Cincinnati Christian and Ohio-Chillicothe at 4 p.m.

Head coach Ken French and the RedStorm men (2-0) will conclude Friday’s slate of games as they entertain a Cincinnati-Clermont team that currently sits at 1-1 on the year. The Cougars, led by head coach Greg Himes, knocked off the Rio Grande junior varsity squad to start the season 1-0 before falling to Milligan 87-74 last Friday night. 

The RedStorm commenced the 2013-14 season in the Saunders Insurance Tipoff Classic last weekend with a convincing 121-72 win over Miami University-Hamilton on Friday night and a close 83-73 victory over Indiana University-Kokomo on Saturday. The Rio Grande men’s squad is off to a 2-0 start on the season with its most recent contest being an 119-77 exhibition loss to Marshall on Tuesday night in Huntington, W.Va.

Marshall’s tough defensive pressure showcased some weaknesses and room for improvement to Rio’s offense. Rio Grande missed 14 of its first 15 shots and went nine minutes without scoring a single basket. The RedStorm also showed that they need a lot of work from the behind the arc after making only 10 of their 35 3-point shots.  

Sophomore guard Phillip Hertz has stepped up and entered a game-changing role for the RedStorm with his Mid-South Conference-leading 24 points per contest. Hertz scored a game high 27 points last Saturday night, which helped lift Rio over Indiana-Kokomo. Freshman forward Jalen Harris leads the team in rebounds and blocks, pulling down 17 rebounds and rejecting five shots in his first two collegiate games.

Senior guard Jermaine Warmack netted 17 points and not turning the ball over. Three games into the season, Warmack leads the RedStorm in the assists category with nine and steals with seven.  

Rio Grande is scheduled to tip off at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15.

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