Newcomerstown 63, Garaway 43

Capitalizing at the foul line, the Newcomerstown Trojans notched their second Inter-Valley Conference victory with a 63-43 win over the visiting Garaway Pirates on Tuesday.

The Trojans jumped out to a 17-12 lead after the initial quarter and added to the margin by outscoring Garaway 18-8 in the second round to take a 35-20 lead to the locker room at halftime.

Newcomerstown won the final two frames with a 14-10 scoring edge the third quarter and a 14-13 advantage the final eight minutes to provide the 20-point win.

Steve Poe led the NHS scoring with 17 points and was followed closely by Josh Green with 16 markers. Austin King chipped in with 10 points while Jibril Dansby followed with six.

The Trojans (2-0, 2-0 IVC) connected on 23 field goals and tacked on 15-of-30 from the foul line.

Newcomerstown pulled down 37 rebounds, with Poe hauling in 11 and Austin Zufelt adding nine. The Trojans committed just eight turnovers.

Sam Gebhardt paced the Pirates with nine points followed by Dallas Foster with eight and Ty Hamsher with seven.

Garaway managed just 17 field goals, including five from beyond the three-point arc, but converted just 4-of-8 from the charity stripe.

Indian Valley 64, Sandy Valley 52

MAGNOLIA -- Better late than never could be the catch-phrase for the Indian Valley Braves' basketball team.

Due to football playoffs and some bad weather, the Braves played their first basketball game of the season Tuesday posting a 64-52 road win over the host Sandy Valley Cardinals.

With eight of the players being on the football team, this was not only the first game, but the first scrimmage and first real action with the team.

The Braves wasted no time taking control as they rolled to a 13-9 opening quarter lead, but the Cardinals battled back behind the play of Chad Neisel to knot the score at 19. However, the comeback bid was short lived with Jared Kerns converting a free throw to give the lead back to Indian Valley who took a 27-13 lead to the locker room at the break.

The Braves (1-0) took advantage of a lack of intensity on the part of the Cardinals to maintain the advantage the third round and steadily built the lead. Sandy Valley got within five, but the Braves kept the pressure on and stretched the lead from five to 15 points (48-33) going to the final eight minutes.

Sandy Valley (1-2) outscored the Braves 19-16 the final quarter, but it was too little, too late as Indian Valley rolled to the 64-52 victory.

Brady Byers paced the Braves with 21 points hitting 7-of-10 from the field, including a trey, and tacking on 6-of-8 from the line. Shawn Mills followed in scoring with 16 points. Dalton Bolon chipped in with 14 points, including a trio of threes.

Corbin Brown led the Cardinals with 11 points and Nate Shepler added 10 with a 8-of-12 effort from the charity stripe.

Sandy Valley won the JV game, 43-39. Jarrett Helter scored 15 for Indian Valley.

Tusky Catholic 67, Indian Valley 46

GNADENHUTTEN -- A disastrous first half start doomed any chance for an Indian Valley home court victory in a Thursday make-up game.

Tusky Catholic posted quarter advantages of 21-9 and 17-8 en route to a 38-17 halftime lead, then cruised to an eventual 67-46 non-league triumph.

The Saints shot well, connecting on 26-of-53 action shots and adding 10-of-13 free throws. Michael Teater and Alex Milleman paced the winners' scoring with 23 and 14, respectively.

Indian Valley's shooting was as cold as the outdoor temps, going just 18-of-44 from the floor. The Braves did get 17 points from Brady Byers and a dozen more from Shawn Mills.

Indian Valley did post a 31-25 rebounding advantage (Byers with a whopping 16), but was ticketed for 17 turnovers, compared to just eight for the winners, who also had 11 steals.

CVCA 64, Indian Valley 50

GNADENHUTTEN -- For the second consecutive night the Indian Valley Braves got off to a slow start the first half and couldn't recover as the visiting Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy Royals built a 34-19 halftime advantage and then held off the Braves for a 64-50 Principal's Athletic Conference victory on Friday.

The Royals jumped out to a 20-8 lead the opening quarter and added a 14-11 scoring edge the second eight minutes to post the 15-point halftime advantage.

Indian Valley (1-2, 0-1 PAC) cut into the deficit the third frame out scoring CVCA 18-16, but it proved to be too littlae, too late as the Royals scored a 14-13 edge the final eight minutes to leave with the 64-50 conference victory.

Cuyahoga Valley CA shot a blistering 52 percent from the field (25-of-48) and added 9-of-11 from the foul line. Marty Lee led the scoring barrage for the Royals with 22 points. Mike Peters followed with 12 points, while Nate Peters chipped in with nine markers.

Indian Valley was 17-of-50 from the field for 34 percent and tacked on 8-of-12 from the bonus line. Dalton Bolon paced the Braves in scoring with 21 points with Caden McGuire following with 11. Shawn Mills just missed double digits with nine points.

Rebounds were nearly even with the Royals pulling down 29 and the Braves 28 boards. Jeff Britton pulled down seven caroms to pace CVCA and Brady Byers hauled in nine to lead the Braves on the glass.

Both teams had 11 assists with Britton and Terry Moorer each dishing out three, while Konner Cool, McGuire and Mills each had three for IV. The Royals were guilty of just nine turnovers, while Indian Valley had 14 miscues.

The Royals made it a clean sweep with a 57-36 win in the preliminary JV contest.

Newcomerstown 62, Ridgewood 29

Round one of the annual Orange and Black backyard rivalry on Friday night was all Newcomerstown High in a convincing 62-29 rout of the visiting Ridgewood Generals in Inter-Valley Conference hardwood action.

The Trojans were in complete control from the opening tip, running their record to a perfect 3-0 overall and 3-0 in IVC action under first-year coach Rod Bonamico, who was all smiles following the contest.

"It's really nice to get off to this good start," Bonamico explained. "Coach (Mark) George and myself have been working the kids pretty hard and thus far it's paying off. The kids have bought into our system and it shows out on the court. Of course, the winning helps them buy in."

The Trojans raced out to a quick 12-2 lead in the early stages of the opening period, thanks to an attacking style which sent them to the charity stripe early and often where they converted.

Seniors Josh Green, Austin King and junior Austin Zufelt each turned in perfect 2-for-2 trips at the foul line to key the early surge.

"I really like our aggressive style that we are playing with," Bonamico said. "That and I really kids the way the kids are sharing the basketball right now. It helps to get everyone involved and that makes a difference."

Senior D.J. Varian drilled a three-pointer to end the NHS run and pull the Generals within 12-5 with 3:11 left in the frame before the Trojans closed strong.

Newcomerstown reeled off a 6-1 run to cap the first quarter to lead 18-6 after one period of play.

Ridgewood started strong to began the second stanza, with junior Matt Saylor sticking back an offensive rebound for a score and senior Ryan Lowe hitting a "trey" to pull the Generals within 18-11 with 5:20 left on the second quarter clock.

"I was fairly pleased with our execution early on," Ridgewood coach Jamie McCrea, also in his first year at the RHS helm said. "We were battling pretty well on the boards as well, but then I felt their experience really began to show up. They really got us playing their game and hit us with that 17-0 run and we were in trouble."

That mini RHS run was one of the few bright spots the rest of the night for the Ridgewood faithful in attendance.

Newcomerstown ran off the next 17 straight points of the half to extend its lead to a comfortable 35-11 at the halftime intermission.

In the third period, it was the veteran King who began to assert himself for the Trojans with nine of his game-high 25 points to lead a 17-5 scoring edge to push the NHS lead out to 52-15 entering the final quarter.

"King (Austin) really sees the floor well and attacks. He's a handful for sure," McCrea said. "I really feel he has improved from last year, he moves much better without the ball which makes him hard to defend. He's a real nice player for them, he was a difference maker for sure tonight."

King not only did damage in the scoring column, he also finished with five rebounds, four assists and three steals in a solid all-around performance.

"Austin is just a very heady player," Bonamico said. "He makes good decisions with the ball and looks to get everybody involved which is a sign of a good leader. He's really playing well right now."

In the fourth quarter, which both coaches going to their benches the Generals were able to post a 14-10 scoring advantage with freshmen Jhett Slusser netting four points and Braeden Smith knocking down a three-pointer.

In addition to King's big night, senior Steve Poe and junior Tyler Wheeler added double figure support with 10 points each, while Green finished with seven.

Ridgewood (0-3, 0-2 IVC) was paced by sophomore Austin Lowery with seven points while Lowe added five.