Defensively, the Black Eagles switched defenses from man-to-man to 1-2-2 and an extended 2-3. They didn't allow a second-half 3-pointer until Butcher hit one with 1 second left.
"We started in man but they were driving it on us," said Herbert, whose team watched Riverside hit seven of its nine shots in the first quarter. "We went back to man, because we had to get back in the game after being down 13. We started getting in the seams and stopping them from driving. That first quarter they just drove at will. They got all their points 3 feet from the basket."
In the second half, South Charleston forced eight turnovers and limited Riverside to 6-of-20 shooting after seeing the hosts shoot 60 percent (12-of-20) in the first half. Riverside finished with 18 turnovers, compared to only seven for SC.
"When we got down, we said, 'Hey, we better start defending or we're going to get beat,'" he said. "That's about as good as it gets defensively. In a half court man situation, you're not going to see it much better than that."
South Charleston created problems early, but failed to convert enough of them to points, scoring the game's first five but getting outscored 10-0 the final 3 minutes of the first quarter.
Butcher led Riverside with 12 points, hitting 4-of-6 3-pointers. Tyus Wood came off the bench to contribute 10 points.
Point guard Marcus Reed had eight points for Riverside, but had a game-high six assists and tied for the game-high in rebounds with seven.
The teams meet again on Dec. 28 in the Chick-fil-A Holiday Classic at the South Charleston Community Center.
Riverside's next contest is tonight at 8 against Capital at the Charleston Civic Center.
South Charleston waits until 7 p.m. Saturday when it plays University in the Black Eagles' second game of the season on the Civic Center floor.
Contact Assistant Sports Editor Rich Stevens at richstev...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4837.