Newcomerstown, Indian Valley boys post two wins each; Ridgewood splits

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NEWCOMERSTOWN -- After scoring just 15 points in the first half, Newcomerstown High decided to stop settling for outside shots and started taking the ball at visiting Caldwell.

That proved to be a good move on the Trojans' part as the hosts erupted for 44 points in the second half -- including 30 in the fourth period -- to claim a 59-41 victory over the young Redskins on Tuesday.

Newcomerstown (3-7) found itself down 21-15 at the intermission as both sides struggled offensively, and when Caldwell's Tanner Baker knocked down a three-pointer, the Trojans were down by seven, 24-17.

Fueled by three buckets from Austin King, however, NHS came alive and outscored the 'Skins 12-8 the rest of the way to get within 32-29 heading to the fourth round.

Two more King tallies; consecutive "triples" from Austin Zufelt and Josh Green and a rebound hoop by Steve Poe resulted in a 12-0 run which pushed Newcomerstown into the lead for good, 41-32, with 4:43 remaining.

A lay-in by Tanner Harding stopped the bleeding temporarily to pull Caldwell back within seven, 41-34, but Newcomertown remain on the attack and got several easy buckets and drained 14-of-21 fourth quarter free throw attempts to win going away.

"We were just to complacent in the first half," offered Newcomerstown coach Danny Weekley. "We had 10 turnovers early and that potentially 20 points yet we were only down six.

"We played more aggressively in the second half and took the ball at them," the Trojans' boss continued. "Fortunately, we were able to turn it up a notch and play well down the stretch."

Of his team's 30-point fourth quarter, Weekley said its typical of his team's up-and-down play.

"That (scoring 30) shows you the streakiness of our team right now," he said.

For Caldwell (2-7), it was a case of not being able to remain steady for the entire contest.

"When things are going go for us, they go really good, but when they start going bad, it really snowballs on us," lamented Caldwell coach Clint Crane, "but that's a result of us being so young. We just don't have the mental toughness yet to be able to stop it when it goes bad.

"They beat us on the boards..they beat us to the loose balls....all the little stuff you need to do," the Redskins' coach added. "We have to be able to do them, but that's all part of growing up."

King's strong second half led to a team-high 17 points for the Trojans, with Zufelt collecting 11 while Hunter Sneary and Green each had eight. Sneary led the NHS rebounders with 11 while Zufelt grabbed seven; Jacob Rine landed six and Jordan Wharff had five. Zufelt also dished out three assists.

Newcomerstown was 20-of-42 from the field (47.6 percent) and 17-of-29 at the line (58.6 percent) compared to Caldwell's 15-of-42 on action shots (34.9 percent) and 7-of-12 (58.3) on charity tosses. The Trojans' aggressiveness led to a big 38-21 rebounding edge and the hosts finished with 14 turnovers, one more than the 'Skins.

For Caldwell, Wiechman tallied 17 (two below his season average) and Baker canned 11. Wiechman and Baker also led the Redskins off the glass with five each while Tanner Clark handed out four assists.

Wiechman scored the first six points of the night for Caldwell, and combined with "treys" from Harding and Baker staked the 'Skins to a 14-6 lead at the first quarter break.

Neither side made much noise in the second chapter, with the Trojans gaining a 9-7 edge to send the teams to the lockerroom with CHS on top, 21-15.

"We've taken several steps forward over the last couple of weeks," said Newcomerstown's Weekley. "I'm excited to see what happens in the second half."

Newcomerstown's JVs also won, 49-41.

Indian Valley 58,

Claymont 56 (OT)

Uhrichsville -- It was Shawn Mills' night as he sparked the visiting Indian Valley Braves with a 24 point effort to lead the visitors to a 58-56 win over the host Claymont Mustangs in overtime Tuesday.

In overtime, Claymont was nursing a 55-54 lead when Mills was fouled on a three-point attempt and converted two of the three charity tosses to put the visiting Braves up 56-55. Claymont's Dylan Sterling hit a free throw with 27 ticks left to knot the score at 56, but put the ball back in Indian Valley's hands.

Mills took the ball and drove the baseline to put up a eight-footer which went through to give the Braves a 58-56 lead with just three seconds showing. A Claymont turnover ended any hopes the Mustangs had of coming back.

Claymont (6-5) forged a 12-8 lead the opening quarter, but Indian Valley responded with a 14-11 scoring advantage the second to narrow the deficit to 23-22 going to the locker room at the half. The Braves posted a three-point scoring advantage the third round, but Claymont out scored the visitors 17-15, including a trey by Blake Albaugh with 12 seconds to go in the final round to knot the score at 53 and force the extra frame.

Besides the 24 points, Mills added nine rebounds and four assists. Brett Cox chipped in with 10 points and nine boards for the Braves that connected on 20-of-43 field shots and added 14-of-24 from the foul line.

Claymont hit 21 field goals and were 8-of-14 from the charity stripe. Albaugh and Kohltin Miles led the way for the Mustangs with 17 points each and Albaugh also added eight rebounds.

Claymont won the junior varsity contest by a 62-35 score.

Ridgewood 57,

Strasburg 48

WEST LAFAYETTE -- Zak Keesee drilled five three-pointers and finished with a game-high 27 points as the Ridgewood High Generals beat the visiting Tigers 57-48 in the Inter-Valley Conference boys action on Tuesday.

Keesee tallied seven points in the opening quarter, while both Dillion McPherson and Seth Bergeron each drained treys as Ridgewood built a 15-8 lead after one quarter.

The cushion grew to 36-19 at halftime as Keesee had 11 in the second, including a trio of three-point makes.

Strasburg pulled within 42-37 after three after Austin Eckhardt scored six of his 11 points, but the Generals connected on 11-of-18 free throws in the fourth stanza to hold on for the victory.

McPherson finished with 11 points and Bergeron chipped in with seven in the victory.

Marek Walczak had 14 of his team-high 23 points in the second half for the Tigers.

Newcomerstown 58,

Sandy Valley 52

NEWCOMERSTOWN -- Capitalizing at the foul line, the host Newcomerstown Trojans won their second in a row with a 58-52 Inter-Valley Conference victory over the Sandy Valley Cardinals on Friday.

Although the Cardinals had five more field goals than the hosts, Newcomerstown converted 25-of-39 from the foul line, while Sandy Valley was 8-of-13.

The Cardinals (2-11, 1-6 IVC) jumped out to a 15-10 after the initial quarter, but Newcomerstown posted a 18-8 scoring advantage in the second round to take a 28-23 lead to the locker room at the halftime intermission. Seven of those second quarter Newcomerstown points came from the charity stripe as the host were 7-of-10 through the eight-minute span.

Sandy Valley rebounded following the break to cut two off the difference, outscoring the Trojans 13-11 to pull within six (39-36) heading into the final eight minutes.

Newcomerstown again used the foul line the final stanza, hitting 13-of-21 chances to outscore the visitors 17-16 and nab the conference win.

The Trojans (4-6, 2-5 IVC) had balanced scoring with four players reaching double digits led by Austin King with 14, including a trio of threes. Hunter Sneary and Jacob Rine tacked on 11 points each, with Jordan Wharff following with 10 counters. Bril Dansby chipped in six points in the winning effort.

Sandy Valley hit on 19 field shots, including six from beyond the arc, with Zach Schlimm pacing the Cardinals with 18 points. Nate Shepler followed with 13 before fouling out and Austin Neisel rounded out the double figure scorers with 10 markers. Tyler Hunter chipped in with six points.

Indian Valley 66,

Tusky Valley 57

GNADENHUTTEN -- Host Indian Valley utilized a 40-29 second half scoring surge to blow open what had been a close game and recorded a 66-57 Principals Athletic Conference win over the visiting Tuscarawas Valley Trojans Friday.

Both teams scored 15 points the opening quarter and Tusky Valley jumped to a two-point lead at the halftime break with a 13-11 scoring edge the second round.

Following the intermission, the Braves poured in 22 third quarter points while limiting the Trojans to 14 to grab a 48-42 lead going to the final round. Indian Valley added a 18-15 scoring difference the final stanza to provide the 66-57 conference win.

The Braves shot 48.9 percent from the floor (23-of-47) including a 9-of-20 effort from three-point range and added 11-of-13 from the foul line with four players scoring in double figures. Shawn Mills led the way with 21 points followed by Brady Byers with 13, Brett Cox with 12 and Jamie MacAdam with 11 markers.

Indian Valley dished out 12 assists led by Mills and Byers with three each and collected five steals with Mills and Byers each picking off two.

Tusky Valley connected on 20-fo49 field shots for 40.8 percent and tacked on 8-of-11 from the bonus line. Charles Ackerman came off the bench to lead the Trojans in scoring with 13 points followed by Jordan Felgenhauer with 11 and Derek Horstman with 10 counters.

Indian Valley also controlled the glass with 31 rebounds to 22 for the Trojans. MacAdam paced the Braves with eight boards and Byers added six. Horstman pulled down seven for Tusky Valley.

Tusky Valley won the preliminary reserve contest 68-60 with Bryan Lewis scoring 23 points. The young Braves were led by Caden McGuire and Dalton Bolon with 15 points each.

Garaway 68,

Ridgewood 39

SUGARCREEK -- The Garaway boys' basketball team overcame a sluggish start Friday night and rallied in the second half to defeat the Ridgewood Generals, 68-39, in Inter-Valley Conference action on the Pirates home court.

Trailing 26-25 after two quarters of play, Garaway outscored the Generals 21-8 in the third frame to post a 12-point advantage heading into the final frame.

The Pirates also outscored Ridgewood, 22-5, in the final quarter of play to secure the 29-point victory.

Tyler Walter paced Garaway with a game-high 23 points including a trio of three-point bombs. Other leading scorers for the Pirates included Duane Troyer with 13 points, Colt Kiser with eight and Ben Breva with a half-dozen markers.

As a team, Garaway converted 25 field goal attempts including four three-point buckets and 14-of-20 attempts at the free throw line.

For the Generals, Zak Keesee paced the offense with 14 points followed by Joey Raach and Dillion McPherson with eight apiece while Seth Bergeron chipped in five points.

Ridgewood converted just 15 field goal attempts including four treys and 5-of-12 attempts at the charity stripe.

In the opening half, Ridgewood captured the first quarter, 11-9, while Garaway won the second frame, 16-15.

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