ZANESVILLE -- A disastrous third quarter led to a 68-53 New Philadelphia win over Indian Valley High in boys' Division II Sectional play at Zanesville High on Wednesday.
For the first 16 minutes, the Braves and Quakers played a back-and-forth game. Indian Valley held an 11-7 lead by the midway point of the opening frame, only to see New Philly finish the quarter off with an 11-4 run to surge into the second stanza up 18-15.
After a relatively-even second period, the Quakers went into intermission with a small 27-23 lead. Then the roof fell in.
Tenacious defensive pressure applied by New Philly helped create seven Indian Valley turnovers in the third period and led to a 12-0 Quaker run to begin the period. Indian Valley's first points came at the quarter's mid-way point when Shawn Mills scored.
"The start of the third was the key," admitted IV coach James Herman. "We turned it over way too often and they would not give up any second shot opportunities. Their size inside hurt us a lot."
A 24-11 domination in the third period sent Philly to the final frame up 51-34. In the fourth, the Braves fought back to within nine on two occasions, but could not get any closer.
The Quakers posted a 46-29 rebounding edge in the game, supporting Herman's assertion. Marco Colombo and Ethan Boose grabbed 12 and 10, respectively.
That pair also paced the winners in scoring, with Boose tallying 20 and Colombo netting 18. Teammate Dylan Hagan added a dozen. Philly finished 26-of-64 from the floor but just 14-of-27 from the stripe.
Indian Valley (16-8) was 18-of-48 from the floor and 12-of-16 from the foul line. Jamie MacAdam led the Braves with 16 points, including four 'treys.' Shawn Mills added 13. Brady Byers pulled down eight rebounds.
Philly (16-7) finished with just five turnovers, while the Braves were guilty of 15.
Though disappointed with his team's tourney exit, Herman expressed satisfaction with the direction the program is heading.
"We accomplished a lot this season and laid the foundation for continued improvement,'' he said. "We won more games since any Indian Valley team since '94 and improved from five wins last season to 16 this season. Our seniors - MacAdam, Brett Cox, Bryce Allensworth and Cole Craddoc - have had a major impact on our improvement. They had to make lots of adjustments to a new coach and system, but they have been great leaders in our improvement."