Newcomerstown 64, Sandy Valley 40
NEWCOMERSTOWN -- What a difference a week makes.
Last Tuesday, Newcomerstown High had a late-game "meltdown" and the result was a 10-point loss at Sandy Valley.
This time around, the Trojans turned in a solid performance throughout the contest and claimed an easy 64-40 revenge victory over the Cardinals in Inter-Valley Conference play.
"Our kids played well," said first-year NHS coach Rod Bonamico. "I think our defensive pressure on the ball and our rebounding were key, and we got out in transition on them, too.
"We pretty much knew what they were going to do," he said. "We had a four-hour practice yesterday, including watching film (of the first game) for two hours, and it just goes to show you what you can do.
"Last week, we were down with one with three minutes and we had a meltdown," he said of the Trojans' 47-37 loss at Sandy Valley." We let it get away from us."
Leading the way for the Trojans (7-6, 6-4 IVC) was senior Austin King. The slick southpaw enjoyed a fine all-around game with 19 points, six assists, three rebounds, three steals and two blocks, hitting 7-of-11 field goal attempts including several nifty spin moves into the lane.
"He's doing what we're asking him to do," Bonamico said of King, "and he played well tonight."
King's top support came from junior Bril Dansby, who tossed in 13 points and grabbed a game-high seven rebounds. Junior Austin Zufelt chipped in six tallies, six boards and three assists.
Newcomerstown opened fast, vaulting to a 19-8 lead after one quarter as seven players got into the scoring column led by six from senior Steven Poe.
The Trojans used a 13-9 edge in the second period, led by five from Dansby, to open a 32-17 halftime lead, with their only lull of the night coming in the final three minutes of the half when Sandy Valley gained a 7-2 edge to cut into a big deficit.
With King tossing in eight points and Dansby scoring six, NHS pretty much turned out the lights with a 19-11 run in the third chapter to extend the lead to 51-28.
The lead increased to 30, at 62-32, with 2:42 to play before the Cardinals got eight of the final 10 points for the final 24-point margin.
NHS finished the night a solid 59 percent from the field (24-of-41) compared to just 34 percent (13-of-38) by the visitors. The Trojans controlled the glass, 29-19, and had a dozen turnovers to 15 for the Cardinals.
Freshman Darren Finn led Sandy Valley with eight points while Nate Shepler, Bryce Offenberger, Corbin Brown and Chad Neisel each had six. Brown also collected five rebounds while Neisel and Luke Sommer both had four.
"I think come tournament time we'll be a tough out," Bonamico said. "We just need to keep growing."
River View 63, Ridgewood 35
WARSAW --Host River View pinned a 63-35 loss on Ridgewood on Tuesday.
Ridgewood led 14-9 after one quarter, but River View gained a 17-5 surge in the second period to move in front, 26-19, at the half. A 19-11 edge in the third period pushed the Black Bears' lead to 45-30.
Corey Miller paced River View with 20 points, followed by Matt Brillhart with 14 and Angelo Burns with 10.
For Ridgewood, Ryan Lowe tallied nine points, Austin lowery netted seven and Rayden Davidson and Keith Leindecker both had six.
Tuscarawas Central Catholic 57, Ridgewood 44
WEST LAFAYETTE -- Visiting Tuscarawas Central Catholic started quickly Friday and returned home with a 57-44 win over the Ridgewood High Generals in Inter-Valley Conference boys' hardwood action.
The Saints jumped out to a quick 19-9 advantage after one quarter of play, and would hold on for the IVC victory.
Mitch Herron pumped in a game-high 17 points to pace TCC, while Max Fragasse added 11 and Ben O'Donnell tallied 10 for the Saints.
The Generals were led in scoring by a pair of freshmen with Keith Leindecker finishing with 12 points and Braeden Smith right behind with 11, including a trio of three-pointers. Sophomore Austin Lowery added eight points and freshman Jhett Slusser tallied seven.
Leindecker pulled down 10 rebounds to lead RHS off the glass, with senior Ryan Lowe and freshman Rayven Davidson each collecting four boards.
Timken 66, Indian Valley 56
GNADENHUTTEN -- Indian Valley High suffered a 66-56 home setback to the Timken High Trojans on Friday in a PAC-7 match-up.
Sloppy play proved to hurt the Braves' chances, with a total of 23 turnovers in the loss while Timken just committed 12 in the contest.
LePear Toles tallied a game-high 20 points to pace Timken, including a sizzling 11-of-14 performance at the foul line. Terrel Lipkins chipped in with 12 and Darryl Straughter finished with eight markers.
Indian Valley was paced by Shawn Mills with 16 points, Brady Byers added 13 and Dalton Bolon chipping in with 12 for the Braves.
Mills also pulled down seven rebounds to lead the Braves off the glass, with Byers adding five caroms for IV.
Garaway 55, Newcomerstown 40
SUGARCREEK -- Homestanding Garaway avenged an earlier loss to Newcomerstown High by scoring a 55-40 Inter-Valley Conference victory on Friday.
The Pirates vaulted to an 18-9 lead after one quarter and the Trojans never recovered.
Newcomerstown did pare the gap to 26-23 by halftime thanks to a 14-8 edge in the second period, but Garaway countered with a 16-12 nod in the third period to extend the lead to 42-35 heading to the final frame where a 13-5 finish turned out the lights.
Josh Werker poured in 23 points to lead Garaway, wiht Dallas Foster contributing 14 tallies and Joel Honigford adding eight.
For Newcomerstown (7-7, 6-5 IVC), Steve Poe led the way with 17 tallies and eight rebounds. Josh Green and Austin King both scored six, with Green and Austin Zufelt both collecting four rebounds.
NHS was 18-of-40 from the field and 2-of-8 at the free throw line with 20 rebounds and 10 turnovers.