Indian Valley 67, Tusky Valley 66
Erupting for a big fourth quarter, the host Indian Valley Braves squeezed out a come-from-behind 67-66 win over the visiting Tusky Valley Trojans Friday in a non-conference matchup.
Tusky Valley jumped in front early with a 16-7 scoring advantage the initial quarter and added to the difference out scoring the Braves 14-11 the second frame to take a 30-18 lead to the locker room at the halftime intermission.
The teams played even the third round with each scoring 17 points before the Braves went off for 32 points in the final eight minutes, while limiting the Trojans to 19 to complete the comeback and claim the 67-66 victory.
Indian Valley shot just 34.5 percent from the field (19-of-55), but were a perfect 19-of-19 from the foul line.
Dalton Bolon led the scoring parade with game-high honors of 29 points.
Shawn Mills followed with 17 and Bailey McBeth chipped in with eight markers.
The Braves won the rebounding battle 33-27 paced by Brady Byers with nine boards. Bolon added seven caroms and Mills was close behind with six. Mills also dished out five of the 12 assists with McBeth adding three and Bolon grabbed half of the six steals.
Tusky Valley hit 21-of-43 floor shots for 48.8 percent and tacked on 21-of-33 from the charity stripe with three players scoring in double figures.
Jordan Felgenhauer led the way with 18 points followed by Charles Ackerman with 12, Nicholas Gauding with 10, while Derk Hortsman added nine and Tyler McCaulley eight counters. Ackerman led the Trojans on the glass with five rebounds, while Hortsman handed out four of the 13 assists and grabbed three of the eight steals.
The Tusky Valley JVs managed a split on the night with a 49-47 win over the young Braves. D. Locker led the Trojans with 14 points, while Brandon Anderson scored 13 for Indian Valley.
East Canton 48, Ridgewood 46
EAST CANTON -- Despite their early lead the visiting Ridgewood Generals fell to host East Canton by a 48-46 margin in Inter-Valley League boys' basketball action Friday evening.
The Generals jumped ahead by a 13-10 margin after the initial quarter, however, a 13-11 second period scoring advantage by the Hornets trimmed Ridgewood's advantage to a single point, setting the score at 24-23 going into the half.
East Canton grabbed their first lead of the game in the third stanza out scoring the Generals by a 15-9 mark, sending the teams into the final period with Ridgewood trailing by a 38-33 margin.
Ridgwood attempted a late comeback as they notched a 13-10 scoring advantage in the final frame, however, the host's were able to squeak out a two point victory.
Ridgewood placed two players in double figures with Seth Bergeron leading the way with 14, followed by Austin Lowery who chipped in 10 in a losing effort.
Hayden Miller led the way for the Hornets with a game high 17 points as Bryce Moldown chipped in 11.
Newcomerstown 56, Kidron Christian 41
NEWCOMERSTOWN -- Outscoring the visiting Kidron Central Christian Comets in three of the four quarters, the host Newcomerstown Trojans rolled to a 56-41 non-conference win on Friday.
Newcomerstown (5-2) jumped in front 12-8 after the initial quarter and followed up with a 15-5 scoring edge in the second frame to build a 27-13 halftime advantage. Central Christian rallied the third stanza, outscoring the host Trojans 17-12 to cut the deficit to 39-30 going to the final eight minutes. The hosts then poured in 21 fourth-quarter points while limiting the Comets to just 11 to provide the final margin.
The Trojans shot 47.7 percent from the field (21-of-44) and tacked on 12-of-22 from the bonus line. Austin King paced Newcomerstown scorers with 20 points and was followed closely by Steve Poe with 19. Austin Zufelt and Jibril Dansby chipped in with eight and seven points, respectively.
The Comets made 19 floor shots, but were just 2-of-5 from the charity stripe. Josh Woodrich paced Kidron Christian with 17 points followed by Nate Otto with 14 markers with Weston Bontrager adding seven points.
Newcomerstown collected 27 rebounds, with Poe and Josh Green hauling down 10 each, and the Trojans were guilty of 10 turnovers.
Ridgewood 63, Bellaire St. John 40
WEST LAFAYETTE -- Ridgewood High opened the new year with a 63-40 home court victory over Bellaire St. John on Saturday night.
The Generals broke the game open with a huge 26-10 scoring edge in the second quarter to lead 35-25 at the halftime break.
Seth Bergeron led RHS with 13 points while senor Ryan Lowe and freshman Keith Leindecker each tallied 10 and freshmen Braeden Smith and Jhett Slusser each just missed double figures with eight markers for the winners.