With unbeaten Riverside trailing Baton Rouge University High at halftime and its offense out of sync, standout guard Jared Butler said Rebels coach Timmy Byrd put the blame squarely on him.

“He got on my butt, was really in my face,” said Butler, an Alabama signee. “He said I was stinking it up. I had to pick it up. I had to play in attack mode, play like I want to win.”

That he did. Butler scored 22 of his 26 points in the second half, and Riverside held on to beat University 74-70 on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic at the Alario Center.

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