Indian Valley 65,
Tusky Valley 59
GNADENHUTTEN It was a big night for the Braves as the team came out of a 28 game cold spell to knock off the Trojans 69-59 in a PAC-7 match-up on Friday.
While other schools were cancelling games due to the cold, snowy weather, Indian Valley played like a team on fire to capture its first win since knocking off Claymont in December 2010.
It also marked the first win for first year coach James Herman.
The Braves (1-10, 1-5 PAC) took command in the first quarter 23-15 and used a 14-13 second quarter to lead at halftime, 37-28. Tusky Valley came back in the third period with a 14-11 run to close the gap to 48-42 as the fourth stanza began. But Indian Valley held tough, capturing the final eight minutes 21-17 to close the game.
Jamie MacAdam led the Braves attack with 26 points. Shawn Mills fired in 20 points while Brett Cox kicked in a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Alex Krocker scored 18 points for Tusky Valley (3-6, 1-5 PAC) while Tyler Dozier finished with 16 points.
Tusky Valley 15 13 14 17 - 59
Indian Valley 23 14 11 21 - 69
Newcomerstown 45, Caldwell 43
CALDWELL Late game execution lifted the visiting Trojans to a thrilling 45-43 victory over the Redskins on Tuesday night in a non-league match-up.
The contest appeared headed to an extra session before Newcomerstown converted an out-of-bounds play into the winning bucket for the hard fought victory.
That was a good game, Trojan coach Dan Weekley said. I felt good coming into tonight. We played hard against Hiland the other night, the number one team in the state. We didnt back down and I feel like we just continued to play with that same intensity tonight and we were able to pull out a win.
Newcomerstowns victory came to a perfectly-executed inbounds play under its own basket with just 2.5 seconds left on the clock, with the game deadlocked at 43-43. With no time-outs left to plot strategy, the Trojans went back to a play they ran earlier in the night.
Senior Paul Matthews took the ball out for NHS and found a wide-open Austin King curling down the lane. Matthews made the pass to King and the sophomore guard kissed the ball off the backboard for the lay-up and a 45-43 lead. King also drew a foul on the play for a potential three-point play.
King went to the foul line with .7 seconds left trying to convert the conventional three-point play, however Kings the shot was off the mark and Caldwell senior Darren Hesson grabbed the rebound and heaved a desperation full court prayer that went unanswered to end the game.
We ran that same play at the end of the second quarter and got a good look at the basket, Weekley said, so without any time-outs to set up a last shot, we just went back to the play figuring we would get a good shot. Austin made a good cut and was able to get the ball into the basket.
On the other bench, Caldwell coach Clint Crane was left to scratch his head about the late defensive lapse that resulted in the Trojans winning bucket.
It was just a defensive breakdown, Crane said. We told them in the time-out, to pinch the middle and take the middle away, but somebody didnt do their job and it cost us big-time.
Newcomerstown was able to hold on for the win despite missing a chance to open up the contest late in the fourth quarter.
A lay-up by King gave the Trojans a 37-33 lead with 5:33 left, but then NHS was guilty of three straight turnovers and Caldwell reeled off a quick six-point run, with Hesson scoring followed by a pair of hoops from sophomore guard Jonathon Wiechman, the final one giving the Redskins a 39-37 lead with 3:12 left.
Newcomerstown junior Chris Poe then tallied back-to-back buckets to retake a 41-39 lead before Wiechman answered with 2:49 remaining to tie the contest at 41-41.
An offensive rebound stick-back by senior Cody Sproat gave the Trojans the lead back at 43-41, but once again the Redskins responded with a big offensive rebound as Jensen Croucher followed up a Wiechman miss with the offensive rebound score to once again tie the game at 43-43, setting the stage for the decisive inbounds play by the Trojans.
Senior Caleb Fenton paced Newcomerstown (3-7) scoring with a game-high 15 points while Poe finished with 13 and King checked in with eight.
Hesson and Wiechman each tallied 10 points for Caldwell (3-8), while senior Bryan Sawyer just missed double figures with nine and Croucher added six.
Newcomerstown 9 14 10 12 45
Caldwell 8 16 7 12 - 43
Indian Valley 61
SUGARCREEK The Braves dropped a non-conference game to the Pirates on Tuesday, 75-61, to remain winless at 0-10.
Garaway led at halftime 43-20 while Indian Valley won the second half to the tune of 41-32.
Brett Cox led three Indian Valley players in double digits with 22 points. Jamie MacAdam scored 16 while Ian Kandray added 12. Cox also led the team in rebounds with six.
Garaway (5-3) was led by Duane Troyers 25 points.
Indian Valley 8 12 18 23 61
Garaway 23 20 14 18 - 75