Newcomerstown falls to Garaway
SUGARCREEK — A little quicker and a little more efficient.
That summed up the difference between Inter-Valley Conference leader Garaway and a scrappy Newcomerstown High bunch on Friday as the host Pirates turned away the Trojans by a 63-48 score to stay spotless in league play.
Garaway (11-1, 9-0 IVC) used its quickness at both ends of the floor to full advantage, delivering some nice passes which led to some close-range goals on the offensive end while quick hands on defense resulted in several easy buckets off turnovers, adding up to nearly 60 percent shooting efficiency for the Pirates.
After Garaway jumped out to an 8-2 lead, Newcomerstown got a “three” from junior Eric Rose and two free throws by junior Cody Sproat to pull within 8-7 with 3:17 remaining in the first quarter.
The Pirates, however, closed the round with a 7-0 run, including five points by sophomore Duane Troyer, to claim a 15-7 edge at the first break.
The Trojans were down five, 16-11, two minutes into the second period before a rebound hoop by 6-8 senior Paul Honigford and back-to-back buckets by Gabe Elmore pushed Garaway’s lead to 22-11 at the 4:41 mark.
Each team dropped a pair of “treys” over the final four minutes, including a buzzer-beater by Garaway junior Ryan Troyer, and the Pirates took a 31-21 lead to the locker room.
A three-pointer by Ryan Troyer extended Garaway’s lead to 14, 39-25, with under five minutes to play in round three, but again the Trojans refused to go away and cut the margin back to 11, 44-33, entering the fourth.
Garaway scored the first seven tallies of the final frame, however, with two hoops from Duane Troyer sandwiching a “triple” by Honigford, and the lead was up to an insurmountable 18 points (51-33) with five minutes to play.
“We had a stretch in the second quarter where we had three missed lay-ups in a row and then at the end of the half, we don’t get a shot and they bury a ‘three’ to make it a 10-point game,” related Newcomerstown coach Danny Weekley. “Little things like that make it hard in a tough environment like this.
“Every time we took it to 10, we just couldn’t get it any closer,” the Trojans’ coach added.
Despite the loss, which halted a three-game NHS winning streak, Weekley felt his team continued to improve.
“It was a great effort by our kids,” he related. “I thought we did some good things tonight, and that’s a good sign. We’re a program trying to take steps to get to where they are as far as experience and tradition, and we’re not going to hang our heads with how we played against a quality program like Garaway.”
Duane Troyer topped Garaway with 15 points, followed by Ryan Troyer with 12; Honigford with 10 and senior Hunter Shaw with nine.
Honigford also collected seven rebounds; senior Tanner Klein had four boards and three assists; and Shaw dished out six assists and had three steals.
Garaway hit 26-of-44 field goal attempts for 59 percent; had 21 rebounds and just six turnovers.
For Newcomerstown (4-8, 2-7 IVC), Sproat led a trio of double-digit scorers with 16 points. Senior Darian Arnold tallied a dozen and senior Bubba Harris had 10 points and eight rebounds.
The Trojans canned 17-of-36 for 47.2 percent efficiency; landed 18 rebounds and were charted with 14 miscues.
Garaway 45, Ridgewood 32
SUGARCREEK — The Generals gave Garaway everything it could handle but a big Pirate run late in the game put the contest out of reach as Ridgewood fell to their hosts 45-32 on Tuesday. A win would have allowed the Generals to tie for first place in the IVC but instead they slipped to 6-2 in league play and 9-2 overall.
Garaway (10-1, 8-0 IVC) led by three points but a 12-0 burst midway through the final period left the Generals in the dust.
The Pirates maintained a 16-13 lead at halftime as neither team could find its groove on offense. The Generals rattled off the first six points of the third period for a 19-16 advantage but Garaway came back and led 32-27 as the final frame began. The fourth quarter went to the Pirates, 13-5.
Junior Evan Jones led Ridgewood with a double-double of 12 rebounds and 12 points, including 10 in the third quarter. Tanner Stoffer drained 10 points and Thomas Ellis had seven. The Generals managed 28 percent shooting on 13-of-47 shots at the basket while making 3-of-4 free throws.
Paul Honigford led all scorers with 20 points, including 14 in the second half, and pulled in 11 caroms. Duane Troyer knocked down 12 with nine of those coming on free throws in the final eight minutes. Garaway was not much better from the field as they made 13-of-35 for 37 percent, but came through strong at the foul line by going 17-of-18.
Christian Grove had 10 points as the Generals won the junior varsity game 31-24.
Newcomerstown 49,
Sandy Valley 48
Running its winning streak to three games behind a 21-point performance by Cody Sproat, host Newcomerstown High slipped past Sandy Valley, 49-48, in Inter-Valley Conference action on Tuesday.
Newcomerstown (4-7, 2-6 IVC) posted a 16-14 edge at the close of the opening round and that would come down to be big at the end of the contest. Both teams scored 13 points the second eight minutes as the Trojans took the two-point spread to the locker room, 29-27.
The teams played even again in the third frame, with each scoring nine points and went to the final round with Newcomerstown clinging to the two-point advantage, 38-36. The Cardinals outscored the hosts 12-11 the final stanza, but came up just one point short.
The difference was at the foul line as Sandy Valley (2-9, 1-7 IVC) outgoaled the Trojans, 17-15, with two more three-pointers. NHS converted 17-of-26 bonus tosses while the Cardinals hit just 10-of-13 free throws.
Sproat got help from Darian Arnold with 15 points.
Zach Mozden led the Cardinals with 16 points while Zach Schlinem added 12.
Central Catholic 60,
Indian Valley 37
NEW PHILADELPHIA — The Braves were no match for the Saints in a non-conference game on Tuesday, as they fell 60-37.
Central Catholic rolled out to a 19-7 first quarter lead but had it narrowed to 31-22 by halftime. The Saints led 47-37 at the end of three periods and captured the final stanza 13-7.
Jamie MacAdam led Indian Valley (2-8) with 15 points while Brennan Rentsch added five.
Central Catholic (6-5) was paced by Jimmy Fickes, who had a game high 24 points.
Indian Valley won the reserve game, 54-47, behind Nolan Rennicker’s 11 points.
Ridgewood 61, Strasburg 56
WEST LAFAYETTE — The Generals knocked off the scrappy Tigers 61-56 in a key IVC battle last Friday.
Strasburg led 12-7 after the first quarter thanks to a 10-0 run marked by two three-pointers. In the second quarter both teams traded scoring streaks after the Generals tied the game. First the Tigers went on a 9-0 tear to take the lead at 23-14, followed by Ridgewood, who turned on its own 13-0 blast that put them up 27-23. The Generals finished out the half leading 31-26.
Ridgewood maintained some separation throughout the third quarter and led 47-41 as the final period began. A 10-of-11 performance at the free throw line in the fourth quarter ensured the Tigers did not complete any comebacks.
Thomas Ellis finished with 17 points, including nine in the third quarter, and had seven rebounds to lead the Generals (9-1). Tanner Stoffer came through with 12 points while Evan Jones was right behind with 11 to go with seven caroms. Richard Hawthorne scored nine while Davis contributed eight.
Drew Kuecher had a game high 26 points for the Tigers with 18 coming in the second half. Hunter Schneiter scored 13.
The Generals ruled the reserve game with a 44-24 win. Chris Saylor scored 11 points to lead Ridgewood as teammates Ryan Cunningham Dillion McPherson finished with 10 and nine points, respectively.
Tuslaw, 64,
Indian Valley 38
MASSILLON — The Mustangs knocked off the Braves 64-38 last Friday in a PAC matchup.
Tuslaw (4-4, 2-3 PAC) was ahead 20-14 after the first period and increased their lead to 36-18 by halftime. The hosts commanded a 57-27 lead as the fourth quarter started.
Chase Gibson used four three-pointers to lead the Braves (2-7, 0-5 PAC) with 18 points. Tyler Combs, Jake Warth, and Nate Getz each had 16 for the Mustangs.