Struggles continue for local boys' hoop teams

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Tusky Catholic 52,

Newcomerstown 41

NEWCOMERSTOWN -- When you only score 21 points in three quarters of action, it's likely that the offense is to blame.

Not so, according to Newcomerstown High coach Danny Weekley, who blamed Friday night's 52-41 home loss to Tuscarawas Central Catholic primarily on the defense.

"We didn't defend very well early-on and they outphysicaled us on the glass," related Weekley, whose team dropped to 2-5 overall and 1-4 in the Inter-Valley Conference. "Those two areas really hurt us because when they got the lead, they controlled the tempo.

"Even though we didn't score a lot of points," the Trojans' boss continued, "I don't think offense was our problem....it was more that we didn't defend. We didn't make good reads on their ball screens and we dug ourselves a hole."

After four minutes of slow-paced play which saw only an exchange of free throws on the scoreboard, Tusky Catholic found the range and knocked down 6-of-7 field goal tries the rest of the way to move on top, 15-6, at the first quarter stop.

Newcomerstown's rough start included a 1-of-7 shooting effort and five first period turnovers.

TCC pushed its lead to 22-8 mid way through the second chapter before the Trojans had a 5-1 spurt featuring buckets by Hunter Sneary and Austin Zufelt to get within 10, 23-13, with 2:55 left in the first half.

The Saints closed the round with a six-point run, however, to take command at 29-13 at the intermission.

Things slowed again in the third quarter, with each side adding eight points to its total to send TCC to the fourth frame on top, 37-21.

TCC's lead grew to 21 points three minutes into the fourth quarter (46-25) before Newcomerstown finally came to life at the offensive end and closed the game with a 16-6 surge to pare the final margin to 11.

Senior Andrew Cugliari led TCC (4-5, 3-2 IVC) led TCC's balanced attack with 11 points, followed by sophomore Michael Teater with 10. Ben O'Donnell chipped in eight while Jay O'Donnell and Michael Lawless both had seven.

The Saints were 18-of-35 on action shots (51 percent) and 13-of-25 at the free throw line with 25 rebounds and just seven turnovers. Lawless had five boards and three assists while Cugliari grabbed four stray shots.

For Newcomerstown, junior Austin King tallied 13 and senior Hunter Sneary closed strong with a dozen.

The Trojans hit 13-of-41 field goal tries (32 percent)and 10-of-17 at the charity stripe with 29 caroms and 13 miscues. Sneary snared nine rebounds while junior Chance Bower had five.

"We've got a lot of guys playing for the first time and we're very, very inconsistent," said Weekley. "We don't know what we're going to get from a lot of them on a given night...we're a very streaky team.

"We've got to keep working at improving defensively and on the glass," he added.

Manchester 83,

Indian Valley 77

GNADENHUTTEN -- Visiting Akron Manchester outscored the Indian Valley Braves 10-4 in overtime to escape with a 83-77 Principal's Athletic Conference victory on Friday.

Indian Valley jumped in front 15-11 after one quarter and added to the lead in the second round with a 17-16 scoring advantage to take a 32-27 lead to the locker room at the halftime break.

The Panthers chipped away the third frame with a narrow 25-24 scoring edge, the outscored the Braves 21-17 the final quarter of regulation play to knot the score at 73 and force the extra overtime frame.

Manchester shot 47.4 percent from the field (27-of-57) and added 24-of-37 from the foul line. Jamar Dukes paced the Panthers in scoring with 30 points and was followed by Bryan Daily with 16, Austin Klein with 11 and Nick Peyakow off the bench with 10 counters.

Indian Valley was led by Jamie MacAdam with a game-high 35 points with help from Brett Cox with 18 and Shawn Mills with 10 markers.

Manchester controlled the boards with a 42-30 rebounding advantage led by Dukes with six. Cole Craddoc paced the Braves with five boards.

Malvern 65,

Ridgewood 42

MALVERN -- Host Malvern jumped out to a 11-point opening quarter lead and outscored the visiting Ridgewood Generals in every quarter to post a 65-42 Inter-Valley Conference win Friday.

After the Hornets doubled up on the Generals (22-11) the initial quarter, the hosts added to the margin with a 11-6 scoring edge the second frame for a 33-17 halftime bulge. The hosts then posted a 12-10 scoring advantage the third round and closed it out by out scoring the Generals 20-15 to provide t he 65-42 final.

Zak Keesee was the lone Ridgewood (2-5, 1-3 IVC) scorer in double figures with 21 points, while Dillon McPherson added nine and Ryan Lowe eight points.

Max Kapron paced the Hornets with a game-high 24 points with Trey Tucci following with 16 counters.

Malvern (5-2, 4-2 IVC) also won the battle of the boards with a 34-22 rebounding advantage with Kapron again leading the way with eight boards. Keesee paced Ridgewood on the glass with six caroms.

Indian Valley 63,

Sandy Valley 51

GNADENHUTTEN -- Indian Valley High picked up a 63-51 victory over Sandy Valley on Saturday.

The Braves led 16-15 after one quarter; 29-21 at the half and 49-38 after three periods.

Brady Byers poured in 26 points to lead Indian Valley, with Shawn Mills providing top support with a dozen tallies while Cole Craddoc chipped in nine.

The Braves were 22-of-56 from the field and 12-of-20 at the free throw line with 30 rebounds and just eight turnovers. Mills and Dalton Bolon both had six rebounds for the Braves.

For Sandy Valley, Zach Schlimm netted 20 markers and Nate Shepler had 14.

The Cardinals hit 21-of-48 action shots and 1-of-4 free throws with 33 caroms and 18 miscues. Schlimm's seven rebounds led SV.

Ridgewood 76,

Bellaire St. John 47

BELLAIRE -- With three players scoring in double figures and another close, the Ridgewood Generals went on the road to pocket a 76-47 win over the host Bellaire St. John Central Irish Thursday.

The Generals out scored the hosts in every quarter jumping to a 25-12 lead at the outset and added a 14-8 difference the second stanza to take a 39-20 lead to the locker room at the halftime intermission. Ridgewood added a 18-14 scoring advantage the third round to carry a 57-34 advantage to the final eight minutes, then out scored the hosts 17-13 the final round to provide the 76-47 final.

Ridgewood doubled up on the Irish in number of field goals (30-15) and tacked on 7-of-11 from the foul line. Zak Keesee paced the Generals with 26 points followed by Dillon McPherson with 18, Seth Bergeron with 12 and Ryan Lowe just missed double digits with eight points.

St. John Central was 15-of-23 from the charity stripe to go with the 15 field goals. D.J. Shoemaker was the only player to score in double figures with 22 points with Garrett Holubeck adding eight.

In the preliminary reserve contest, St. John Central prevailed by a 33-28 score.

Canton Timken 70,

Indian Valley 67

GNADENHUTTEN -- Visiting Timken Senior parlayed 17 Indian Valley turnovers into 20 points and also controlled the boards to escape with a 70-67 Principals Athletic Conference win Friday.

It was a close game throughout with the visiting Trojans grabbing a 14-13 lead the opening quarter, but the Braves rebounded for a 17-15 scoring edge the second round to take a one-point lead to the locker room at the intermission.

The third frame proved crucial with Timken out scoring Indian Valley 20-17 to regain the lead 49-47 heading to the final eight minutes, then held off the Braves with a 21-20 scoring difference the last stanza to provide the 70-67 final.

The Trojans made 27-of-54 field shots and added 13-of-22 from the charity stripe. They were paced by Chris Cook who poured in a game-high 30 points and was the only Timken player to score in double figures. Justin William followed with nine off the bench, while Nick Johnson and Charles Lenix tacked on seven points each.

Indian Valley was 21-of-62 from the floor, including 6-of-20 from beyond the arc, and tacked on 19-of-26 from the bonus line. Four players scored in double digits led by Jamie MacAdam with 19 points. Shawn Mills followed with 16 counters, with Brett Cox close behind at 15 and Brady Byers with 12 markers.

Timken also won the battle of the boards by a 38-25 margin with Cook completing the double-double with 18 rebounds. Byers grabbed 10 for the Braves to complete his double-double.

Hiland 39,

Newcomerstown 37

BERLIN -- The homestanding Hiland Hawks outscored visiting Newcomerstown, 13-6, in the fourth quarter to rally for a 39-37 victory over the Trojans in Inter-Valley Conference play on Friday.

Hiland (8-2) trailed 31-26 entering the final quarter, but rallied behind the scoring of Todd Ropp and Jordon Yoder, who finished with 16 and 12 points, respectively. Brady Schlabach and Eric Miller tallied three apiece for the Hawks.

Hiland opened the game with a narrow 11-10 lead after one quarter of play, only to see Newcomerstown take the lead in the second period by outscoring the hosts, 9-3, in the eight-minute stanza for a 19-14 lead at the half.

Both teams tallied 12 points in the third frame before Hiland posted the seven-point advantage in the final frame.

Newcomerstown (2-7) was paced by Hunter Sneary with 12 points followed by nine from Austin King and a half-dozen points apiece by Jacob Rine and Steve Poe.

Both teams converted 13 field goals, with Hiland knocking home two more baskets from beyond the three-point arc. Hiland converted 9-of-18 attempts at the free throw line while Newcomerstown connected on 9-of-16 attempts at the charity stripe.

Tuscarawas Catholic 52,

Ridgewood 39

WEST LAFAYETTE -- After spotting the host Ridgewood Generals a 10-9 opening quarter lead, the visiting Tuscarawas Central Catholic Saints out scored the hosts 33-17 over the middle two quarters en route to a 52-39 Inter-Valley Conference win on Friday.

Taking the 42-27 lead to the final eight minutes, the Saints held off the Generals who posted a narrow 12-10 scoring edge the final eight minutes to provide the 52-39 final.

The Saints were paced by Michael Teater with 21 points.

Dylan McPherson tallied 16 points for the Generals and Zak Keese tallied 11.

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