For a quiet youngster, Coolidge guard Anthony Riley has a way of scoring in a way that attracts a lot of attention. Riley has been making the crowd and his teammates roar by hitting three-point shot after three-point shot all season. And Riley has been the kind of outside threat the Colts have needed for a few years, said Coach Leonard Farello.

"If we'd have used Riley more last season, there is a possiblity that we may have won the league," said Farello, a 16-year Colts assistant who succeeded the late Frank Williams this season.

Riley was the first substitute off the bench last season as a sophomore, averaging seven points a game. This season, the 6-foot-3, 178-pound guard has been economical with his shot selection, averaging just eight a game. Thus far, he's averaging 13 points.

"I've tried not to shoot too much because we have {preseason all-America center} Don {Hodge} and he's so tough to stop," said Riley. "But I'll shoot when I think they're packing it in on him."

Riley spent most of the offseason working on his outside shot knowing that he could be the difference between a third-place finish in the league like last season and a run at the Interhigh title. This season, the Colts won 11 of their first 13 games and earned an early first-place tie in the Interhigh with Dunbar.

"I worked hard to become a better shooter," he said. "And I think it has paid off."

In a 79-56 win over Spingarn two weeks ago, Riley scored 21 points -- all on three-point shots.

"He's really such a help to our big guys down low," said Farello. "He's helped Hodge score points this season. He loosens up those defenses with that long shot."

But it's not just the coach who is appreciative.

"If he weren't there taking those shots, it would be harder for me to score," said Hodge, who has signed with Temple.

"They {opponents} can't double-team like they want to because he's big and he can drive inside. And of course they all know that he can shoot. He'll be even better next season."