Strasburg 53, Ridgewood 39
STRASBURG -- Utilizing the foul line, the host Strasburg Tigers slipped past the visiting Ridgewood Generals 53-39 Tuesday in Inter-Valley Conference play.
The Tigers canned three treys to grab a 15-7 lead the opening quarter and then added a 15-11 scoring advantage the second round to build a 30-18 lead by the halftime break.
Ridgewood won the third round by a 11-10 score to shave one off the deficit, but Strasburg tallied a 13-11 scoring edge the final eight minutes to provide the 53-39 final.
Ridgewood made 17 field goals, two from three-point range, but were just 3-of-3 from the foul line. Jhett Slusser led the Generals with 13 points with Keith Leindecker adding 11. Tanner Shaw chipped in with eight points and Braeden Smith added five.
Strasburg converted on 19 floor shots, including five triples, and made up more distance by canning 10-of-12 from the bonus line. Shevin Javersak led three Tigers in double digits with 18 points with Henry Malcuit following with 15 and Jared Burnworth with 12, while Clarence Sward chipped in with five points.
East Canton 73, Newcomerstown 53
EAST CANTON -- Despite a career-high 44 points from Nick Millender, the Newcomerstown Trojans fell victim to some long-distance shooting by the host East Canton Hornets, who buried 11 three-pointers, to sting the visiting Newcomerstown Trojans 73-53 Tuesday in Inter-Valley Conference play.
Millender bucketed 14 goals and added 16-of-19 from the foul line to account for his career night.
The Hornets wasted no time in setting the tone with a 25-13 scoring advantage the initial quarter and then added to the advantage the second round out scoring the Trojans 16-12 to take a 41-25 lead to the locker room at the halftime intermission.
Behind the play of Millender, the Trojans hung closer the second half with East Canton posting a 13-11 edge the third frame and a 19-17 difference the final eight minutes to provide the 20-point (73-53) final spread.
Both Newcomerstown and East Canton made 17 field goals, but 11 of the Hornets were from beyond the arc. The Trojans added 19-of-25 from the foul line, while the Hornets were 6-of-7 on bonus shots.
Millender paced the Trojans (2-14, 2-12 IVC) with Brandon Septer adding five points and Joe Kyle three.
Chris Boyle and Mitch Mitchell led the Hornets in scoring with 14 points each and Trey Mallonn added 13 counters. Brandon Ralston finished with nine points and Matt Gothard and Cody Johnson chipped in with six each.
Indian Valley 50, Wooster Triway 36
GNADENHUTTEN -- A strong third quarter snapped a halftime tie and propelled the host Indian Valley Braves into a lead they would never relinquish as they claimed a 56-49 Principals Athletic Conference win over the visiting Wooster Triway Titans Friday.
The Braves opened by building a 14-11 lead the opening quarter, but the Titans responded the second round with a 12-9 scoring edge to knot the score at 23 going to halftime.
Following the break, Indian Valley poured in 19 third-quarter points, while limiting Triway to just six to build a 42-29 lead going to the final eight minutes and then held off a late charge by the Titans who out scored the Braves 20-14 last stanza but fell short by the seven points.
The Braves were 22-of-57 from the floor for 39 percent and added 8-of-10 from the foul line. Once again Dalton Bolon paced the Braves with a "double-double" of 22 points and 10 rebounds followed by freshman Karson Hartrick with 13 points. Conner Ferguson and Cade Williams chipped in with eight points each.
Indian Valley (9-10, 4-6 PAC) handed out nine assists led by Tobie Myers and Jarret Helter with two each. Bolon also collected three of the four steals. The Braves were guilty of 12 miscues.
Triway (11-9, 6-5 PAC) connected on 18-of-46 field shots also for 39 percent and tacked on 9-of-14 from the charity stripe. Logan Garrett led the Titans with 17 points followed by Nick Sparr with 11 counters. Isaiah Schafrath chipped in with eight points and Gabe Walker finished with five.
The Titans had 14 assists with Schafrath dishing out seven, but the visitors only recorded three steals while turning the ball over eight times.
Indian Valley controlled the boards with a 38-27 rebounding advantage led by Bolon. Hartrick added eight caroms and Williams collected four. Walker paced the Titans on the glass with seven boards with Garrett adding six and Sparr four.
Ridgewood 58, Newcomerstown 43
WEST LAFAYETTE -- Ridgewood High used a strong third quarter and solid defense to turn in a 58-43 Inter-Valley Conference victory over visiting Newcomerstown on Friday.
Defense was the story of the first quarte,r with Ridgewood (3-13, 3-10 IVC) holding the hosts to just three points, to snag a 7-3 lead.
Keith Leindecker poured in six counters in the initial frame for RHS.
The offenses kicked it in gear in the second round as the Generals posted a 14-12 period to secure a 21-15 halftime advantage.
The Trojans' Nick Millender bucketed seven points in the second period and he Generals' Braeden Smith accounted for six.
The beginning of the second half was all Ridgewood as the Generals went on a 22-10 run in the frame, with Jhett Slusser delivering three "treys" and 11 points in the round and RHS took a 43-25 edge into the final period.
Newcomerstown (2-17, 2-13 IVC) attempted to rally with an 18-15 fourth period edge, but the margin was just too much to overcome and Ridgewood held on for the win.
Leindecker paced the Generals with 18 points followed by Slusser with 11 counters.
Leading the Trojans in scoring was Millender with 26 tallies while teammate Levi Kilpatrick added seven markers.
NEXT-- Newcomerstown entertains Claymont on Tuesday, with the reserve game starting at 6 p.m.
Indian Valley 62, Claymont 45
GNADENHUTTEN -- Host Indian Valley slipped past Claymont by a 62-45 final score in non-league boys basketball action on Saturday night.
The Braves led by a 24-20 margin at the halftime break before taking control in the third quarter with a 18-7 scoring edge to lead 42-27 entering the fourth period.
Senior Dalton Bolon led Indian Valley with a game-high 22 point effort with Cade Williams adding double figure support with 12. Brady Cotsmire and Jarret Helter each finished with seven points for the Braves.
Logan Potopsky tallied 17 points to pace the Mustangs, while Collin Whitman chipped in with eight and Brian Ruffni finished with six.