Indian Valley, Ridgewood boys gain two victories

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Indian Valley 62,

Triway 54

GNADENHUTTEN -- Indian Valley senior Jamie MacAdam came out on fire to jumpstart the Braves to a 62-54 victory over visiting Triway on Tuesday in PAC-7 action.

MacAdam pumped in 16 first half points. including a 4-of-5 effort from beyond the three-point arc to give the Braves a 36-21 halftime lead.

MacAdam would finish with 18 points to lead Indian Valley (12-6, 4-5 PAC-7), while junior Shawn Mills chipped in with 15 and senior Brett Cox added 12. Junior Brady Byers just missed double figures with nine markers for the Braves.

Triway (4-13, 4-7 PAC) was paced by Jordon Miller with 17, with Nathaniel Kinney added 15 and Kyle Kearney contributed 10.

Tuscarawas CC 35,

Newcomerstown 33

NEW PHILADELPHIA -- Newcomerstown High dropped a 35-33 decision to host Tuscarawas Central Catholic on Tuesday in Inter-Valley Conference action.

The Saints used a balanced attack with Andrew Cugliari, Michael Teater and Alex Milleman each scoring eight points for the winners.

Senior Hunter Snearey tallied a game-high 10 points to pace the Trojans (6-12).

Ridgewood 52,

Newcomerstown 30

NEWCOMERSTOWN -- Ridgewood High completed a regular season sweep of neighboring rival Newcomerstown with a 52-30 triumph in a boys' Inter-Valley Conference make-up game on Thursday.

The Generals, who beat the Trojans by a 49-33 count in the earlier meeting, found themselves on the short end of an 11-7 score after one quarter.

An 11-4 surge in the second period pushed Ridgewood (7-10) in front for good by halftime, 18-15.

The visitors continued to build their lead with an 18-9 edge in round three, boosting the lead to 36-24, and then a 16-6 margin in the final frame finished off the 22-point victory.

Zak Keese led a quartet of double figure scorers for Ridgewood with 14 points. Christian Grove tallied 12; Ryan Lowe netted 11 and Joey Raach added 10.

For Newcomerstown (6-13), Hunter Snearey led the way with a dozen tallies, with Jacob Rine as his top support with nine.

Ridgewood 46

Tuscarawas CC 40

NEW PHILADELPHIA -- Ridgewood picked up its second consecutive Inter-Valley Conference win in a row with a 46-40 overtime win over the host Tuscarawas Central Catholic Saints Friday.

The Saints were holding a 27-16 lead heading into the final quarter when the Generals staged a huge comeback out scoring the hosts 20-9 to knot the score at 36 as regulation time expired.

Most of the points in the extra four-minute extra frame came from the charity stripe with Ridgewood out scoring the Saints 10-4 to claim the 46-40 overtime win.

Zak Keesee paced the Generals with 20 points with Joey Raach adding 15 while Christian Grove chipped in with nine points in the winning effort.

Andrew Cughari led the Saints in scoring with 15 points followed by Michael Teeter with 10. Doug Ross and Mitch Herron added six and five points, respectively.

Hiland 54,

Newcomerstown 37

NEWCOMERSTOWN -- Visiting Hiland High rolled to a 54-37 victory over Newcomerstown High in Inter-Valley Conference boys action on Friday night.

Lucas Mast tallied 12 points to lead the Hawks, while Jordan Yoder and Todd Ropp each added nine for the winners.

Senior Hunter Snearey paced the Trojans with 10 points and Chris Poe finished with nine.

Hiland improves to 16-4 overall and 11-2 in IVC play, while with loss Newcomerstown slips to 6-14 and 2-11 in IVC action.

Indian Valley 80,

Buckeye Trail 68

GNADENHUTTEN -- A pair of fourth quarter obstacles, coupled with a late charge by host Indian Valley High sent the Buckeye Trail Warriors reeling to a 80-68 setback in non-league action on Friday.

"I thought we played some great basketball for three quarters," Buckeye Trail coach Rod Gray said, "but then in the fourth, we had a couple of problems, they got hot and things quickly got away from us."

Entering the fourth quarter, the visiting Warriors had a slim 52-51 lead over the Braves and that was the case most of the night, with Trail staying in front but never quite able to shake the Braves.

Trail junior sharpshooter Tyler Starr opened the fourth quarter by drilling his third three-pointer of the night to push the lead out to 55-51, but Starr's "trey" was quickly answered on the other end by Jamie MacAdam of Indian Valley to reduce Trail's lead to 55-54 with 6:28 left in the game.

Over the next few minutes, the teams battled back-and-forth with ties at 57-57 and 59-59 before Indian Valley ran off a 4-0 run to jump in front at 63-59 on a three-pointer from junior Shawn Mills at the 3:58 mark. Trail's CJ Beaver responded with a "trey" to pull the Warriors within 63-62 with 3:12 left before things started to head south for Trail.

It was at this point in the festivities that the Warriors endured a couple of tough breaks.

First, junior post Josh Toland was whistled with his fourth personal foul and forced to the bench and, minutes later, junior Lane Starr was sent tumbling down after a drive to the bucket. Starr needed to be helped off the court and missed the rest of the contest with an injured knee.

And as luck would have it, the Braves picked this moment to heat up from beyond the three-point arc. Indian Valley knocked down consecutive three-pointers from Mills and junior Brady Byers to push the lead to 69-62 with 2:23 showing on the clock. Sophomore Caden McGuire then rebounded a missed "trey" and scored to complete a 10-0 run that put the game away for the Braves with 1:48 left to go.

Indian Valley closed out the win with a efficient 8-of-10 performance from the charity stripe down the stretch with Trail forced to foul. The Braves closed the final stanza with a 29-16 scoring edge, hitting on 6-of-10 shots from the field in the period.

"I tell you what, give them credit," Indian Valley coach James Herman said. "The came into our house and punched us right in the mouth early. They really shot the ball well early. We knew they were capable of shooting the ball like that."

Trail did have a hot shooting touch early, jumping out to a 27-16 lead after the opening quarter led by Tyler Starr who connected on 5-of-6 shots for 10 points including a pair of three-pointers. As a team, the Warriors hit on a sizzling 11-of-14 shots from the field.

"We shot the ball really well early and got up on them," Gray related, "but we knew they wouldn't go away. They are a real nice team. They have some good size and are athletic as well, they took advantage of their size edge real well also."

In the second quarter, it was Indian Valley which grabbed the advantage by using some of that size, mainly 6-4 senior Brett Cox to chalk up a 18-11 points edge to pull with 38-34 at the halftime intermission.

Cox who finished with a monster game of 24 points, 14 rebounds and a pair of blocked shots, dumped in 10 markers in the quarter to lead the Braves.

Indian Valley then used a 17-14 edge in the third period to set up the final push in the fourth.

"I'm proud of our kids' effort tonight," Gray said. "That is a really good team they have and it was a battle all night. They just got hot there in the fourth quarter and we helped them out some with some poor shot selection on our part, but I can't fault the effort we gave."

With the victory, Indian Valley improves to 13-6 on the season, a mark Herman feels his team can be proud of reaching.

"With us getting our 13th win, that's the most for an Indian Valley team since 1994," Herman said, "and that's a big deal for us. We're trying to get this program back to a level they expect around here. That shows we are will on our way to getting things turned around and headed in the right direction."

With the defeat, Buckeye Trail slips to 12-5.

Tyler Starr finished with 16 points to lead the Trail attack, while senior Zach Roe chipped in with 15. Junior Caleb Gray provided a big spark off the bench with 12 points and five rebounds; Beaver closed his night with 11 points and Toland added seven.

In addition to Cox's big night, MacAdam tallied 17 points for the Braves while Brady Byers added 16 and Mills finished with 13 for Indian Valley.

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