ZANESVILLE --- The Indian Valley High Braves boys' basketball team survived an aggressive bunch of Maysville Panthers in Division III Sectional Tournament play on Saturday at Zanesville High and earned a 67-47 triumph, propelling them into the next round.
Maysville began the contest with an "in-your-face" man-to-man defense which caused the Braves lots of trouble. The result was an early 11-2 lead for the Panthers before Indian Valley settled down and closed out the opening frame with a 10-0 run to claim a slim 12-11 lead heading into the second period.
"We sure didn't begin the game well," grimaced Indian Valley coach James Herman. "Maysville is quick and they did a nice job of trapping our guards. We helped them by dribbling at times with our heads down."
Each squad committed five turnovers in the first stanza, but Maysville's aggressiveness began to lead to foul trouble for the Panthers.
The result was a second period much like the first with Maysville posting leads of 18-14 and 22-15 before a Bailey McBeth bonus goal followed by five charity tosses pulled the Braves within a bucket at intermission, 25-23.
Maysville (14-9) edged out to a 31-27 lead in the still-aggressive third period. The game turned at the 1:39 of the third when the Braves' Bryce Allensworth was fouled while making a bucket in the lane. Additionally, the offending Maysville player was tagged for a technical foul. After Allensworth converted his old-fashioned three point play, IV's Jamie McAdam stepped to the line and swished a pair of free throws for the tech foul.
The gift allowed the Braves to claim a 32-31 lead and seemed to cause a loss of composure by Maysville. Indian Valley was not reluctant to take advantage, going on a 12-0 run to close out the third. Included in that spree were more free throws awarded due to a second Maysville technical foul. By quarter's conclusion, Indian Valley was up 44-31 and headed for a game this week.
In the final period, Maysville made a final push to overtake, closing to 46-39 by the 5:00 minute mark. Despite five more turnovers, Indian Valley was able to keep the Panthers at arms' length. Also helping was yet another Maysville technical foul, their third of the game.
From a 54-47 lead, the winners closed the contest out with a decisive 13-0 run to provide the exclamation point.
"It was certainly a physical game," admitted Herman as part of his post-game comments, "but we've had more games like this than not like this. I thought our kids battled. We had too many turnovers and that will need to be addressed prior to our next game."
Indian Valley finished 18-of-42 from the floor and a decisive 27-of-34 from the stripe. McAdam paced the Brave scoring with 18. Brady Byers added 15 and pulled down a game high 13 rebounds as IV finished with a 37-27 board advantage. Brett Cox added a dozen points for the winners and had five steals.
Maysville was just 18-of-55 from the floor and 7-of-12 from the line. Marcus Cox and Justin Wilson tallied 14 and 11, respectively.
Maysville took better care of the ball, recording just 14 turnovers.
They also had eight steals. The Braves survived 21 turnovers and had 10 swipes.
Indian Valley (16-7) will face New Philadelphia in the D-II Sectional's next round, slated for Wednesday at 8 p.m., also at Zanesville.