SHOALS — Rivet's promising start was swallowed up by turnovers Friday at Shoals.

Levi Pendley scored 19 points, and the pressing Jug Rox forced 26 turnovers in taking out the Patriots, 57-45, in a Blue Chip Conference boys basketball game.

Austin Finch and Tre'von Taylor scored 15 apiece for Rivet (5-12, 2-4 BCC), which had a second quarter lead before miscues turned the game. Reece Sherrill was the other double-figure scorer for Shoals (9-11, 4-4) with 16 points.

"We were the bigger team, but we were intimidated by them being physical," Patriots coach Mark Bezy said. "They jumped and pressed in their 1-2-2 trap, and we looked good in the first quarter against it. I was impressed with our guards running right to their spots. But then we stopped doing what was working, which was confusing to me.

"It's a little late in the (season), but we have to get mentally tougher and just try to figure some things out."

Finch had eight first-quarter points in giving Rivet a 12-10 lead. Shoals took the lead at the quarter stop, 15-14, but the Patriots claimed 16-15 and 18-17 advantages before the Jug Rox took over.

Pendley had three 3-pointers and 11 points in the second quarter, and Sherrill added six as Shoals scored the final eight points of the stanza to build a 35-21 advantage.

The lead swelled to 20 in the third quarter and the Jug Rox took a 53-35 margin into the final quarter. Rivet's defense stiffened in the final quarter, but couldn't get closer than 12 points. Tommy Herman was next behind Finch and Taylor with six points as all eight players in uniform tallied.

The junior varsity Patriots (3-12) lost, 79-22. Tommy Herman had 10 points, and Seth Farris and Drake Dunn added five.

Rivet hosts South Knox at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

SHOALS 57, RIVET 45

BOYS-FRIDAY

RIVET

Finch (f) 3 7-8 15, Herman (f) 3 0-0 6, Taylor (c) 6 3-6 15, Schleiss (g) 0 1-4 1, Niehaus (g) 0 1-2 1, Hinkle 1 1-4 3, Dunn 1 0-0 2, Catt 0 2-2 2. Totals: 14 15-26 45.

SHOALS

Souerdike (f) 0 0-0 0, Wright (f) 2 0-0 5, Sullivan (c) 2 0-0 5, Baker (g) 0 0-0 0, Fischer (g) 1 3-4 5, B.Perry 1 0-0 2, Sukup 2 0-0 5, Lents 0 0-0 0, R.Perry 0 0-0 0, Cooper 0 0-0 0, Roush 0 0-0 0, Brett 0 0-0 0, Pendley 7 0-0 19, Sherrill 5 6-6 16. Totals: 20 9-10 57.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Rivet |14-7-14-10 — 45

Shoals|15-20-18-4 — 57

3-pointers: Rivet 2 (Finch 2), Shoals 8 (Pendley 5, Sukup, Wright, Sullivan). Fouls: Rivet 13, Shoals 27. Fouled out: Wright, Roush, Pendley. Technical fouls: Taylor, Wright. JV: Shoals 79-22.

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