(Photos by Charles Lenzo / Lenzo Studio)
BERLIN -- Newcomerstown gave league-leading Hiland all it could handle before finally falling to the Hawks 55-46 in an Inter-Valley Conference battle on Tuesday.
Hiland (11-0, 7-0 IVC) roared out to a 15-6 opening quarter lead, but the Trojans rallied the second frame to post a 22-9 scoring edge and take a 28-24 lead to the locker room at the half-time break. Newcomerstown hung in the contest the third stanza with Hiland grabbing a 20-15 scoring edge through the third to take a narrow 44-43 lead to the final frame.
The last eight minutes proved to be the downfall for the Trojans as they managed just three points in the final eight minutes while Hiland poured in 11.
The foul line ended up being the difference as Newcomerstown (3-6, 1-6 IVC) hit 20-of-45 field shots for 44 percent and 5-of-10 from the foul line. Chase Addy led the offensive charge with 18 points while Curtis Blind added eight and Josh Miller six.
The Hawks made 19-of-49 floor shots for 39 percent, but converted 14-of-22 charity tosses, nine more than the orange and black. Freshman Dylan Kaufman paced Hiland with 19 points followed by Colton Hostetler with 13 and Noah Boyd with nine.
Newcomerstown pulled down 22 rebounds with J.C. Rine and Addy each grabbing four. The Trojans were guilty of seven turnovers.
Hiland won the reserve game, 65-24.
Conn 1-0-2, Troyer 1-4-6, Hostetler 6-0-13, Boyd 3-2-9, Josh Miller 2-2-6, Kaufman 6-6-19. Totals: 19-14-55.
Rine 1-2-4, Rankin 2-0-5, Addy 8-2-18, Blind 4-0-8, Ayres 2-1-5, Miller 3-0-6. Totals: 20-5-46.
Newcomerstown 6 22 15 3 - 46
Hiland 15 9 20 11 - 55
3-point goals: N - Rankin 1. H - Kaufman, Boyd, Hostetler 1.
Generals make nine three-pointers in win
WEST LAFAYETTE -- Ridgewood bombed in nine three-pointers and came away with a 66-56 Inter-Valley Conference win over Conotton Valley on Tuesday.
Jared Kreitzer led the Generals (4-6, 2-4 IVC) with 14 points and seven rebounds. Teammates Kyle Bradford and Tyler McCullough were right behind with 13 points each as part of Ridgewood's balanced attack while Kevin Davis added 10.
Not to be outdone, Conotton Valley (2-6, 0-5 IVC) made seven treys of its own. The Rockets were paced by Nikola Knezevic's 18 points. Austin Caswell came through with 15 and Shawn Ball added 11.
The Generals took an 18-14 lead in the first quarter and extended their lead to 33-23 at the break. The Rockets used an 18-15 run in the third frame to close the gap slightly but Ridgewood came back to post the same totals only this time in their favor in the final eight minutes of play.
Ridgewood's Thomas Ellis hits two threes as part of his eight points while Brett Marlatt added two treys of his own.
Kreitzer 4-6-14, Davis 3-3-10, Cahill 0-2-2, Marlatt 2-0-6, Bradford 4-2-13, McCullough 3-6-13, Ellis 3-0-8. Totals: 19-19-66.
Conotton Valley 56
Knezevic 6-4-18, Ball 5-1-11, Caswell 6-0-15, Dray 0-2-2, Bailey 2-0-6, Moutik 2-0-4. Totals: 21-7-56.
Ridgewood 18 15 15 18 - 66
Conotton Valley 14 9 18 15 - 56
3-point goals: R - Bradford 3; Marlatt, Ellis 2; Davis, McCullough 1. C - Caswell 3; Knezevic, Bailey 2.
Indian Valley snaps losing streak
NEW PHILADELPHIA -- Indian Valley snapped a six game losing streak in dramatic fashion as Eric Gray made a free throw with just under a second remaining in overtime to propel the Braves to a 51-50 win over Tuscarawas Central Catholic on Tuesday.
The Saints had tied the game with a minute left in overtime on a Sam Fondriest free throw. Indian Valley then worked the ball around for a last shot. Gray's last second toss missed the mark but a Saint's defender was called for the foul, giving Gray a chance to be hero of the game. He missed his first attempt but nailed the second for the win.
"Free throws have been our Achilles heal all season", said Indian Valley head coach Andy Dean. "So to get a win on a free throw was nice. It wasn't our best performance but at this point, a win is a win no matter how we get there."
Indian Valley (2-6) took a 12-11 first quarter lead and won the second quarter by a 10-7 count for a 22-18 advantage at the break.
Both teams scored 13 in the third frame while the Saints posted a 14-10 score in the final eight minutes to send the game to overtime.
Gray hit two free throws with 1:24 in regulation to put the Braves up by three, but Mike Sweet sank a three-pointer with a minute left to tie up the scoreboard. A last second shot by Indian Valley's Adam Mizer couldn't find its way into the cylinder.
Indian Valley won the OT with a 6-5 posting.
Baker was top dog for the Braves with 14 points. Jordan Frey added 13 while Gray tacked on nine, including a 7-for-8 performance at the foul line.
Fondriest paced the Saints with 16 points while Tyler Sunderlin scored 11.
Frey had 10 rebounds to lead the red and blue, who posted a 31-27 edge in rebounds for the night. Max Tolloti had nine for the Saints.
The Braves made 17 of 42 from the field and 16-of-25 at the line. The Saints were 20 of 47 from the floor and 7 of 9 from the stripe.
Indian Valley won the reserve game, 42-34.
Indian Valley 51
Baker 6-2-14, Gray 1-7-9, Frey 4-4-13, Mizer 0-2-2, Burdette 4-0-8, Hall 2-1-5, Albaugh 0-0-0. Totals: 17-16-51.
Central Catholic 50
Sunderlin 4-2-11, Fondriest 6-3-16, Sweet 3-0-7, Tolloti 3-1-7, Fickes 3-1-7, Jinks 1-0-2. Totals: 20-7-50.
Indian Valley 12 10 13 10 6 - 51
Central Catholic 11 7 13 14 5 - 50
3-point goals: I - Frey 1. CC - Sunderlin, Fondriest, Sweet 1.
Tuslaw defeats IV
MASSILLON -- Tuslaw came up with an easy 61-33 win over Indian Valley in Principals Athletic Conference action on Friday.
The Mustangs (5-5, 3-3 PAC) jumped out to an 18-7 first quarter lead and bumped that margin to 31-12 by half-time. A 16-10 third quarter advantage for Tuslaw made the game 47-22 as the final period began. The Mustangs held a 14-11 edge in the fourth quarter.
Jordan Frey scored 16 points to pace the Braves (2-7, 1-5 PAC). Nate Getz and Justin Erfurth paced the Mustangs with 12 points apiece.
Tuslaw won the reserve game, 35-33.
Combs 3-1-7, Lamp 3-0-6, Erfurth 5-0-12, Getz 6-0-12, Feichter 3-0-7, Rominger 1-0-2, Todd 3-1-7, Krug 2-0-4. Totals: 28-2-61.
Indian Valley 33
Baker 2-2-6, Gray 0-1-1, Frey 6-3-16, Burdette 2-0-4, Albaugh 1-0-2, Hall 2-0-4. Totals: 13-6-33.
Indian Valley 7 5 10 11 - 33
Tuslaw 18 13 16 14 - 61
3-point goals: I - Frey 1. T - Erfurth 2; Feichter 1.
IV beats Nc'town
GNADENHUTTEN -- Indian Valley used a 17-for-24 overtime performance at the free throw line on Saturday to beat Newcomerstown 50-39 in a game much closer than the final score indicated.
The Braves held a 27-25 lead with 1:02 left in regulation when the Trojan's Chase Addy fired up a three-pointer that rolled around on the rim before deciding to fall through the cylinder.
That put the score at 28-27 in Newcomerstown's favor. Indian Valley's Randsom Burdette then took a pass from Eric Gray for an easy bucket to put the Brave's back on top 29-28 with 15 seconds to play.
Addy quickly took the ball to the hoop on the other end. He missed the shot but got his own rebound and was fouled while going back up to the bucket. Addy missed his first free throw but made the second to tie the game. A Brave's turnover gave the ball back to the Trojans with just five seconds to go but Addy's last second 3-pointer glanced off the glass, just missing going in on the bank.
The Trojans were their own worst enemy in overtime. Three straight turnovers gave the ball right back to the Braves each time. Randsom made two free throws at the 3:05 mark of overtime to begin a parade of trips to the foul line for both teams. After Gray made one of two, Addy came through with four straight free throws for the Trojans.
The score stood 34-33 in the Brave's favor at that point and Indian Valley slowly pulled away from there. Bobby Hall, Gray, Randsom, and Zack Baker each hit two free throws apiece between a lay-up and two more free throws by Addy. By the time Addy made his charity tosses, there were only 28 seconds remaining in the game and the Braves were sitting comfortable with a 45-37 lead.
The Braves ended up outscoring the Trojans 21-10 in the overtime.
Indian Valley head coach Andy Dean said, "Our kids have been told over and over that you don't win games on game night, you win in practice. We've been doing a few things to get these guys going and it's starting to pay off. We've played in close games but haven't been able to finish. Between this game and our last second win against Central Catholic on Tuesday, I'm seeing some good things come together. Its great to finally have our free throws as a strength considering how they won the game for us tonight and on Tuesday."
Both teams couldn't find their offenses in the beginning as the game started off with the Trojans taking a sluggish 5-3 lead after the first quarter. Indian Valley cranked it up a little in the second period, outscoring the Trojans 12-5 for a 15-10 halftime lead. Both teams scored eight in the third frame and Newcomerstown had an 11-8 edge in the final eight minutes to send the game into OT.
Addy led the way for the orange and black with a season high 24 points. That total included all 11 of his team's overtime points. Caleb Rankin scored seven tallies while J.C. Rine tacked on another six.
Burdette led the Braves (3-7) with 13 points. Hall and Eric Gray each contributed nine markers while Bake scored eight. Jordan Frey added six points.
Both teams did well statistically at the line. Indian Valley ended up going a whopping 30-for-45 (66 percent) as four Trojans fouled out as the game winded down. Newcomerstown went 16-for-24 (66 percent) at the stripe.
Indian Valley won the reserve game.
Indian Valley 50
Kandray 0-0-0, L. Gray 0-1-1, Baker 1-6-8, Albaugh 0-0-0, E. Gray 2-5-9, Jones 0-0-0, Frey 1-4-6, Hall 2-5-9, Mizer 0-2-2, Burdette 4-5-13, Doak 0-2-2. Totals: 10-30-50.
Rine 2-2-6, Rankin 3-1-7, Addy 5-13-24, Blind 0-0-0, Jones 0-0-0, Ayers 0-0-0, Snyder 0-0-0, Deal 0-0-0, Wolf 1-0-2. Totals: 11-16-39.
Newcomerstown 5 5 8 11 10 - 39
Indian Valley 3 12 6 8 21 - 50
3-point goals: N - Addy 1.