CADIZ -- A wild ending to an otherwise non-eventful game resulted in a big win for Newcomerstown as they downed Harrison Central, 36-33, in non-conference hoop action on Tuesday.
Senior Chase Addy and freshman Matt Ayers each converted two free throws in the final seconds to secure the win for the Trojans.
Trailing the entire game, Harrison Central finally took its first lead with only a minute left in the game after a short jumper by sophomore Kyle Blanchard made it 33-32.
The Huskies then got the ball back, only to lose it at midcourt to a quick-handed Addy, who took his steal and drove to the basket. As he took it to the hoop, Addy banged into the Husky's Ian White.
Two whistles went off simultaneously with one official calling a blocking foul on White and the other a traveling call on Addy.
The blocking foul prevailed, setting up two free throws for Addy. But to confuse things a bit more, both teams walked to the wrong end of the court before righting themselves to the correct side. The misdirection just added to the confusion for the fans watching the game.
Addy nailed both his foul shots to put the Trojans up 34-33 with 23 seconds to go.
The Huskies then missed their next shot and Ayres came down with the rebound. He was fouled with five second remaining and calmly sank his to charity tosses to put the margin at three.
Trojan head coach Dan Weekley said, "That was a rough situation for both Chase and Matt to hit those free throws, but they did the team and fans proud with their composure."
A last second three-point attempt by HC's Jack Graham was partially blocked to bring the exciting finish to a close.
Weekley noted, "It was a great game to come out on top. I feel bad for Harrison Central but we'll take the win. It was a long, cold bus ride for our kids. We're happy to sneak out of here with a victory."
Newcomerstown took a 13-11 first quarter lead and opened the margin slightly to 19-15 by halftime. The Huskies only trailed 26-24 after three frames.
Neither team had a scorer in double digits.
J.C. Rine paced the Trojans (3-8) with nine points while Addy was right behind with eight. The orange and black were 11-of-29 (37 percent) from the floor and committed 20 turnovers.
Ty Kenny had eight points and 10 rebounds to lead Harrison Central (2-10), who were 12-of-44 (27 percent) from the field and made 10 turnovers. Jared Davenport tacked on another seven tallies.
The Trojans won the reserve game, 27-21. Jansen Lenzo and Darian Arnold each scored six points for the Trojans. Serafin Sanchez added four. Matt Barker had 15 points for the Huskies.
Newcomerstown also prevailed in Tuesday's jayvee contest, 27-23.
Rine 4-1-9, Rankin 2-0-6, Addy 2-2-8, Ayers 0-3-3, Snyder 1-0-2, Deal 0-4-4, Miller 2-0-4. Totals: 11-10-36.
Harrison Central 33
Phillips 1-3-5, White 1-0-3, Blanchard 2-2-6, Graham 1-0-2, Kenny 3-2-8, Rankin 1-0-2, Davenport 3-1-7. Totals: 12-8-33.
Newcomerstown 13 6 7 10 - 36
Harrison Central 11 4 9 9 - 33
3-point goals: N - Rankin, Addy 2. HC - White 1.
Ridgewood falls to Central Catholic
NEW PHILADELPHIA -- Central Catholic outscored Ridgewood in every quarter on their way to a 55-38 Inter-Valley Conference win on Tuesday.
Tyler Sunderlin and Sam Fondriest cashed in 12 points apiece to lead the Saints, who led 15-9 after the first quarter and bumped their lead to 25-14 by halftime.
A 13-10 advantage in the third quarter, including a 13-2 run, put the hosts up 38-24 as the fourth quarter began. The Saints (4-5, 4-3 IVC) captured the last frame by a 17-11 count, making 7-of-8 free throws to keep the orange and black at bay.
Senior Jared Kreitzer paced the Generals (4-7, 2-5 IVC) with a game-high 15 points. Kevin Davis and Thomas Ellis came through with seven markers apiece.
Max Tolloti, Carl McGuire, and Brandon Sweet all had eight points to lead a balanced Saint's attack.
The black and gold won the reserve game, 46-44.
Central Catholic 55
Sweet 2-4-8, Fickes 2-2-7, Sunderlin 4-1-12, Fondriest 4-4-12, Jinks 0-0-0, McGuire 3-2-8, Tolloti 4-0-8, Ross 0-0-0, Abbas 0-0-0. Totals: 19-16-55.
Cahill 1-0-2, Davis 2-1-7, Gress 0-0-0, Kreitzer 6-3-15, Marlatt 0-0-0, McCullough 1-1-4, Ellis 3-1-7, Jones 0-1-1, Bradford 1-0-2. Totals: 19-16-55.
Central Catholic 15 10 13 17 - 55
Ridgewood 9 5 10 11 - 35
3-point goals: R - Davis 2, McCullough 1. CC - Fickes 1.
IV beats TV
GNADENHUTTEN -- Indian Valley scored a 48-30 win over Tusky Valley in Principals Athletic Conference action on Tuesday.
The Braves led 11-7 after the first quarter and went on an 18-4 tear in the second frame to go up 29-11 by halftime. A 12-10 third period put the Braves ahead 41-21 as the fourth quarter began. The Trojans won the last round, 9-7, for the final score.
Jordan Frey led the Braves (4-7, 2-5 PAC) with a game high 15 points. Randson Burdette was right behind with 14 while Zach Baker added nine. Eric Gray chipped in another six markers.
Patton and Dozier had eight apiece for Tusky Valley.
Indian Valley 48
Kandray 0-0-0, L. Gray 0-0-0, Baker 4-1-9, Albaugh 0-0-0, E. Gray 1-4-6, Frey 7-1-15, Hall 0-0-0, Mizer 0-4-4, Burdette 6-2-14, Doak 0-0-0. Totals: 18-12-48.
Tusky Valley 30
Shetler 0-0-0, Graham 0-0-0, Patton 3-2-8, Dozier 1-5-8, Norman 1-0-2, Robinson 5-0-10, Myers 1-0-2. Totals: 11-7-30.
Tusky Valley 7 4 10 9 - 30
Indian Valley 11 18 12 7 - 48
3-point goals: T - Dozier 1.
Ridgewood loses heartbreaker
WEST LAFAYETTE -- Strasburg's Tyler Bell scored on a lay-up with 2.2 seconds left in overtime to hand Ridgewood a heartbreaking 72-70 defeat in an Inter-Valley Conference game on Friday.
The game did not start until 9:30 p.m. and did not end until well after 11 due to make up games for the girl's varsity and reserve teams that were squeezed in earlier in the night.
The General's Thomas Ellis tied the game with a 3-pointer with 15 seconds remaining before Bell hit his winning shot. Ellis also made a trey at the 10 second mark of regulation that sent the game into overtime.
Ridgewood opened up the first quarter with a 15-11 lead only to see Strasburg storm back in front to go up 32-26 by halftime. During the second quarter, the Generals could only convert 9-of-19 free throws, severely hampering their ability to hold the lead.
The Tigers led 50-41 as the fourth quarter began. Ridgewood then dominated the final eight minutes, 19-10, to send the game into overtime at 60-60. Ellis had 10 of his team high 22 points in the fourth frame.
Ryan Gress added 19 for Ridgewood (4-8, 2-6 IVC), including 10 in the fourth period, while Jared Kreitzer and Tyler McCullough scored nine apiece. Kreitzer led the team in rebounds with a game high 11.
Craig Swell led the Tigers (8-4, 6-3 IVC) with 22 points, including 11 in the second quarter. Seger Bonifant and Jonathon Shaw both chipped in 12 apiece while Hunter Schneiter added 11. Sewell also had nine rebounds.
Ridgewood converted 25 field shots and was 13-of-27 at the line. Strasburg made 23 field goals and was 21-of-35 from the stripe.
The Generals won the reserve game, 47-44. Trent Lingo had 14 points for hosts.
Kanouff 1-0-3, Bell 2-4-8, Shaw 4-2-12, Bonifant 4-3-12, Sewell 7-8-22, Schneiter 4-2-11, Hostetler 0-1-1, Dreher 1-1-3. Totals: 23-21-72.
Gress 8-3-19, Kreitzer 4-1-9, Marlatt 2-0-5, McCullough 2-3-9, Ellis 7-4-22, Jones 2-2-6. Totals: 25-13-70.
Strasburg 11 21 18 10 12 - 72
Ridgewood 15 11 15 19 10 - 70
3-point goals: R - Ellis 4; McCullough 2; Marlatt 1. S - Shaw 2; Kanouff, Bonifant, Schneiter 1.
Nc'town beats TCC
Newcomerstown picked up its fourth win of the season on Friday night, beating Tuscarawas Central Catholic, 51-39. The win avenged an earlier 48-45 loss to the black and gold in December.
The Trojans (4-7, 2-6 IVC) and Saints went blow for blow for the first three quarters with Newcomerstown leading 10-8 after one quarter, 19-17 at the half, and 27-26 after three rounds.
Trojan head coach Dan Weekley said, "That was a good win against a big league rival. We tried to go more up tempo in the second half without getting into too much foul trouble. The kids did what they could and fought very hard to keep the lead. It was a physical game but our guys fought hard and never gave up. It was good to get the win on them the second time around."
Central Catholic's defense became a little too physical in the fourth, sending the Trojans' Chase Addy to the free throw line 16 times. The senior standout converted an amazing 15 of them to seal the 12-point victory.
Weekley commented, "That had to be a school record. I mean, 15 free throws in one quarter. That was a great performance at the line."
The Trojans ended up outscoring the Saints 24-13 in the decisive fourth quarter
Addy finished with 20 points to lead Newcomerstown. J.C. Rine added 11 points, Caleb Rankin finished with nine and J.P. Snyder had five.
"I thought we got some solid minutes from J.P. and Matt (Ayres)", Weekley noted. "Whenever we have won, we always seem to have different individuals step up and give us quality play in key areas."
Three players finished with nine points to lead the Saints, including Tyler Sunderlin, Max Tolloti and Jimmy Fickes.
The Saints won the reserve game, 48-34. Matt Ayres had eight points for the Trojans while Tyler Craigo cashed in seven. Matt Litty scored nine points for Central Catholic.
Rine 3-5-11, Rankin 3-3-9, Addy 2-15-20, Blind 0-0-0, Ayres 2-0-4, Snyder 2-1-5, Deal 1-0-2. Totals: 13-24-51.
Central Catholic 39
Jinks 2-0-4, Sunderlin 4-1-9, Fondriest 1-2-4, Sweet 1-2-4, Tolloti 2-5-9, Fickes 3-3-9. Totals: 13-13-39.
Central Catholic 8 9 9 13 - 39
Newcomerstown 10 9 8 24 - 51
3-point goals: N - Addy 1.
IV loses to Garaway
GNADENHUTTEN -- Indian Valley led after the first quarter against Garaway but couldn't hang on as they dropped a 57-45 decision to the Pirates on Saturday in non-conference action.
The Braves jumped to a 12-11 first quarter lead but the Pirates came back to post a 15-11 advantage in the second frame for a 26-23 halftime lead.
Garaway led by seven, 40-33, as the fourth quarter began.
Zack Baker and Bobby Hall each had 10 points to pace the Braves (4-9, 2-6 PAC). Randson Burdette led the team with 10 rebounds as the Braves owned a 33-22 advantage on the boards.
Paul Honigford and David Gerber knocked down 11 points each for Garaway (8-5). Honigford also had nine rebounds.
Indian Valley was 21-of-51 from the field and 2-of-6 at the line. The Pirates were 20-of-49 from the field and 12-of-16 from the stripe.
The Pirates came out on top in the reserve contest.
Honigford 4-2-10, Gerber 4-3-11, Hostetler 3-3-9, Mullet 2-2-7, Yoder 3-2-8, Shaw 3-0-9, Troyer 1-0-3. Totals: 20-12-57.
Indian Valley 45
L. Gray 1-0-2, Baker 5-0-10, E. Gray 4-0-9, Frey 3-0-6, Hall 4-2-10, Mizer 1-0-2, Burdette 3-0-6. Totals: 21-2-45.
Garaway 11 15 14 17 - 57
Indian Valley 12 11 10 12 - 45
3-point goals: IV - E. Gray 1. G - Shaw 3; Mullet, Troyer 1.
Trojans fall to Sandy Valley
Newcomerstown kept close in the first half, but fell to Sandy Valley, 53-44, on Saturday night in an Inter-Valley Conference make-up game.
The Trojans (5-8, 2-7 IVC) were down just three points at halftime, 20-17, but the Cardinals put together a strong third quarter to take a 37-29 lead going into the final period. After Newcomerstown junior Caleb Rankin nailed a shot to make it 20-19 to start the second half, the Saints pulled away and never allowed the Trojans to get closer than seven points
Sandy Valley outscored Newcomerstown 16-15 in the fourth to close out the nine-point win.
Trojan head coach Dan Weekley said, "I'm disappointed because I think we had a chance to make a statement tonight. We didn't bring the enthusiasm and intensity you need to win in this league. Its tough because we had a couple wins earlier this week that I thought would carry over to tonight. We get to play them again, so hopefully we'll be better prepared for that game."
Rankin led the Trojans with 15 points, including seven in the fourth period, followed by Chase Addy with 11 points and Josh Miller with six.
Matt Ayres paced the team with six rebounds.
Jordan Tozzi was tops for Sandy Valley (6-6, 3-5 IVC) with 16 points, followed by Zach Ray with 15 and Cody Welker with 10.
Ray pulled down seven rebounds to lead the Cardinals on the boards.
The Trojans won the reserve game, 53-36. Tyler Craigo and Jansen Lenzo led the team with 11 points each while Cameron Wolf added another 10. Travis Noble scored nine for the Cardinals.
Sandy Valley 53
Fisher 2-0-4, Noble 1-0-2, Welker 3-4-10, Hormell 1-0-2, Mozden 1-1-4, Tozzi 6-2-16, Ray 6-3-15. Totals: 20-10-53.
Rine 2-1-5, Rankin 6-3-15, Blind 1-1-3, Ayers 1-0-2, Deal 1-0-2, Addy 3-5-11, Miller 3-0-6. Totals: 17-10-44.
Sandy Valley 11 9 17 16 - 53
Newcomerstown 8 9 12 15 - 44
3-point goals: S - Tozzi 2; Mozden 1.