STRASBURG Trailing 37-28 at halftime, the Trojans came roaring out in the third quarter to outscore the Tigers 18-6 for a 46-43 lead heading into the final period. But Newcomerstown suddenly went from red-hot to ice-cold as Strasburg racked up a 16-1 advantage in the final eight minutes to win the Friday night IVC contest, 59-47.
Newcomerstown, which has lost three straight since its opening season win, fell behind in the first quarter 18-9. The Trojans (1-3, 0-3 IVC) held their own in the second stanza as both teams poured in 19 points during that stretch.
It was all NHS in the third period as much as it was all SHS in the fourth though. Much of the difference for the game was at the foul line as Strasburg finished 19-of-29 while Newcomerstown was just 6-of-12.
Kristopher Wolf topped the Trojan offense with 13 points. Joey Raach and Hunter Snearey, who came off the bench, scored 10 apiece. Cody Sproat added seven points.
Caden Bonar paced the Tigers with a game-high 22 points while Kooper Dessecker scored 13. Andrew Clough collected a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Newcomerstown hammered Strasburg in the JV game, 55-18. Chance Bower led the Trojans (2-2, 2-1 IVC) with 14 points while Brett Burrier burned the nets for 11.
Newcomerstown 9 19 18 1 - 47
Strasburg 18 19 6 16 - 59
Hiland 58, Ridgewood 31
BERLIN The defending Diviison IV state champions show they are still the team to beat as the Hawks drilled the Generals 58-31 on Friday night in an Inter-Valley Conference game. It was Ridgewoods first loss on the season.
Using a fast tempo, Hiland blew out to a 41-17 halftime lead and were never threatened. Dylan Kaufman had the hot hand for the Hawks as he lit up the scoreboard for 13 points in the first period alone to help his team go up 24-13. He eventually finished with a game-high 17.
A dreadful second period of scoring did in the Generals as they were outgunned 17-4.
Neil Gingerich added 12 points for Hiland while Seger Bonifant had nine for the Hawks, who had six three-pointers for the game.
Christian Grove led the Generals (3-1, 2-1 IVC) with 11 points and Zac Keesse had 10. Tanner Stoffer came through with seven.
Ridgewood dropped the reserve game, 53-19. Josh King had six points for the Generals.
Triway 72, Indian Valley 59
GNADENHUTTEN - The Braves could not hold onto a 34-31 halftime lead and eventually fell to Triway 72-59 in a PAC-7 match-up on Friday.
The Titans used a 19-9 advantage in the third quarter to put some distance between them and their hosts. The score stood 50-43 heading into the fourth quarter, which Triway won 22-16.
Brennan Rentsch had 12 points to lead Indian Valley scoring.
Triway 15 16 19 22 - 72
Indian Valley 16 18 9 16 - 59
Ridgewood 60, Newcomerstown 42
In the annual Orange and Black backyard battle, it was visiting Ridgewood taking round one on the hardwood by a 60-42 final count over the Trojans in Inter-Valley Conference action on Tuesday.
Ridgewood jumped out to a 17-10 lead after the opening quarter with Christian Grove and Tanner Stoffer scoring all of the Generals points. But the Trojans trimmed the lead to 27-24 at the halftime break with a 14-10 edge in the second stanza as Cody Sproat and Caleb Fenton each put up four points.
In the third quarter, the Generals blitzed their hosts by an 18-6 count to grab a 45-30 lead, with Grove putting up eight of his game high 22 points in the period. Ridgewood closed out the win in the final quarter with a 15-10 edge to stay unbeaten at 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the IVC.
The Generals owned the foul line as they converted 12-of-19 shots while the Trojans only made 3-of-10.
In addition to Groves big night, Ridgewood got an 18-point effort from Stoffer, including three three-pointers, while Zak Keesee just missed double figures with nine. Dillion McPherson added six points.
Newcomerstown (1-2, 0-2 IVC) was led by Sproat with 18 markers. Fenton closed with eight and Joey Raach chipped in six points. Austin King added five.
The Trojans blew out the Generals in the reserve game, 53-19. Hunter Snearey led Newcomerstown (1-2, 1-1 IVC) with 13 points while Brett Burrier cashed in nine. Bril Dansby tacked on another seven points. Josh King and Alex Croston had eight each for Ridgewood.
Ridgewood 17 10 18 15 - 60
Newcomerstown 10 14 6 12 - 42
Indian Valley 38
GNADENHUTTEN The Braves lost their third straight on Friday as they fell to the Mustangs 58-38 in a non-conference game.
Claymont, who improved to 4-0, raced out to a 16-7 lead and stretched it to 31-16 by halftime. A 15-10 advantage in the third frame put the Mustangs up 46-26 headed into the fourth quarter. Both teams scored 12 during the final eight minutes.
Brennan Rentsch led Indian Valley with eight points while Chris Martin and Ian Kandray scored seven apiece.
Blake Albaugh had a game-high 19 points to lead Claymont, and also had seven rebounds. Nick Merrick added 11 points and eight caroms.
Indian Valley converted 15-of-40 shots and 7-of-14 free throws while Claymont made 18-of-45 shots and 19-of-31 free throws. The Braves were guilty of 21 turnovers and lost the rebound war, 35-25.
The Mustangs won the reserve game, 65-59.
Claymont 16 15 15 12 - 58
Indian Valley 7 9 10 12 - 38
WEST LAFAYETTE Ridgewood came away with a 53-51 non-conference win over Carrollton last Saturday.
The Generals (2-0) led 17-16 after the first quarter, but both teams cooled down in the second period with the Warriors winning the frame 10-9 as they headed into the locker rooms tied at 26.
Ridgewood captured the third quarter, 13-12, to go up 39-38 as the fourth quarter began. The Generals won the final eight minutes, 14-13.
Tanner Stoffer scored a game-high 21 points to pace Ridgewood. Christian Grove came through with 17 while Zak Keesee added eight points.
Carrollton was led by Stephen Ericksens 19 points.
Carrollton won the reserve game, 47-34. Ryan Lowe scored 14 points for Ridgewood while Josh King had 10.
Malvern 83, Newcomerstown 48
MALVERN The Hornets took off from the opening tip-off and never looked back en route to an 83-48 romp over Newcomerstown in Inter-Valley Conference action on Tuesday.
The Hornets leaped out to a 22-10 advantage after the first period, but the squads played to a 16-16 draw in the second stanza resulting in a 38-26 Malvern lead at the halftime break.
In the second half it was all Malvern, as the Hornets posted a 45-22 scoring edge to roll to the IVC victory.
Malvern (5-1, 4-1 IVC) was led by the one-two punch of Travis Tucci and Matt Kapron, with Tucci putting up a game-high 23 points and Kapron right behind with 22 markers. Shawn Ball added double figure help with 13 points and Trey Tucci finished with eight.
Junior Hunter Snearey came off the bench in the second half to lead Newcomerstown (1-4, 0-4 IVC) with 15 points, while seniors Cody Sproat and Kristopher Wolf each tallied eight. Junior Joey Raach and senior Caleb Fenton each finished with six points for the Trojans.
Malvern enjoyed a 33-19 edge in the rebounding battle, with Kapron pulling down eight. Kristopher Wolf led the Trojans with six caroms while Sproat, Fenton and Austin King reeled in four apiece.
The Hornets won the reserve game, 36-32. Snearey also led Trojan scoring in that game with 13 while Bret Burrier nailed six points.
Newcomerstown 22 16 21 24 - 83
Malvern 10 16 14 8 - 48
Ridgewood 71, Indian Valley 56
GNADENHUTTEN The Generals led from start to finish as they cruised to a 71-56 non-conference win over the Braves on Tuesday.
Ridgewood assumed a 15-9 first quarter lead and bumped it to 31-23 by halftime. A 24-17 third quarter put the Generals in solid command at 55-40. Both teams scored 16 in the final frame.
Tanner Stoffer fired in a game-high 24 points, including 10 in the third quarter, to lead Ridgewood (4-1). Zac Keesee pumped in 15 while Christian Grove finished with 14.
Brett Cox led Indian Valley (0-5, 0-2 PAC) with 10 points while Jamie McAdam and Ian Kandray had nine apiece.
Indian Valley ruled the junior varsity game, 42-24. D.J. Varian had seven for the Generals.
Ridgewood 15 16 24 16 71
Indian Valley 9 14 17 16 - 56