GNADENHUTTEN -- It was a tale of two halves as the host Indian Valley Braves controlled the second half to post a 72-59 non-league win over the visiting Ridgewood Generals Tuesday.
The free throw line provided the difference as Ridgewood out goaled the visitors 23-21 and both teams connected on six three-pointers, but the Braves cashed in on 24-of-33 at the foul line, while the Generals were 7-of-11.
The game was nip-n-tuck the first half with Indian Valley grabbing a 19-17 lead at the end of the first quarter, but Ridgewood came back the second round to post a 16-14 edge to knot the score at 33 going to the halftime break.
The third frame caused some separation with the Braves out scoring the host 18-10 to carry a 51-43 edge to the final eight minutes and then added to the margin with a 21-17 scoring advantage the final eight minutes to provide the 72-60 final.
Indian Valley (2-0) hit on 21-of-53 field shots for 40 percent, but made up the difference from the foul line shooting 72.7 percent with four players scoring in double figures. Dalton Bolon followed up his 39-point effort in the season opener with 23 points Tuesday to lead the way. Conner Ferguson followed with 14 points with Jarret Helter adding 11 and Brady Cotsmire close behind with 10 counters.
The Braves dished out 15 assists paced by Bolon and Helter with five each and picked off 11 steals with Bolon grabbing four and Cotsmire three. Bolon also swatted three Ridgewood shots and Ferguson and Cotsmire each added a block while Indian Valley was guilty of 18 turnovers.
Ridgewood (0-1) was 23-of-53 from the floor for 43 percent but didn't get as many chances at the foul line. Braden Smith paced the Generals in scoring with 22 points followed by Keith Leindecker with 10, Hunter Mizer with eight and Jhett Slusser with six counters.
The Generals had 12 assists with Mizer dishing out five, Slusser four and Smith three. The visitors had just three steals and two blocked shots with Smith swatting both. Ridgewood committed 24 miscues.
Indian Valley also won the rebounding battle by a 38-32 margin led by Bolon who completed the double-double with 10 boards. Helter and Karson Hartrick added five caroms each. Smith also paced the Generals on the glass with eight rebounds with Tanner Shaw adding four.
Sandy Valley 58, Newcomerstown 33
MAGNOLIA -- A sluggish second half caught up with visiting Newcomerstown High on Tuesday night resulting in a 58-33 loss to Sandy Valley High in Inter-Valley Conference boys hardwood action.
The Trojans trailed by just a 40-32 margin at the halftime intermission before the Cardinals caught fire in the second half.
Sandy Valley used a 20-8 scoring edge in the third period to extend the lead out to 47-28 entering the final quarter with Bryce Offenberger leading the way for the Cardinals with six points in the period.
In the fourth period the Cardinals closed out the win with a 11-5 advantage to open the IVC season with a victory.
Newcomerstown (0-2, 0-1 IVC) was led by sophomore Nick Millender with 15 points with 11 of those coming in the second half of play. NHS junior Bryce Barbera chipped in with 12 for the Trojans.
Sandy Valley dominated the rebounding battle by a 35-16 margin with Darren Finn leading the way with seven while Nelson Mozden and Chad Neisel each pulled down six rebounds. Junior Brandan Septer led the Trojans off the glass with six rebounds in the loss.
Ridgewood 61, East Canton 49
WEST LAFAYETTE -- Evening the record at 1-1, the Ridgewood Generals opened Inter-Valley Conference play Friday with a 61-49 win over the visiting East Canton Hornets.
Ridgewood out goaled the Hornets 22-16, although seven of East Canton's goals were from beyond the three-point arc. The Generals also added 15-of-25 from the foul line, while the Hornets were just 10-of-24.
The teams played even the initial quarter each scoring 15 points before Ridgewood opened up a three-point spread the second round out scoring East Canton 14-11 to take a 29-26 lead to the locker room.
In the second half, the Generals posted a 16-11 scoring advantage the third stanza to widen the gap to 45-37 and then utilized the foul line down the stretch to record the 61-49 victory.
Keith Leindecker paced the Ridgewood (1-1, 1-0 IVC) attack with 24 points, eight coming in the final quarter. Leindecker made eight field goals and was a perfect 8-of-8 from the bonus line. Braeden Smith followed with 15 points, including two triples and Evan Colling was close behind with 14 counters.
Josh Conrad led the Hornets with 22 points hitting four shots from beyond the arc and had assistance from Trey Mallonn with 10 points including two treys and 4-of-7 from the charity stripe.
Tuscarawas CC 67, Newcomerstown 58
NEW PHILADELPHIA -- Homestanding Tuscarawas Central Catholic notched a 67-58 victory over Newcomerstown in Inter-Valley Conference action on Friday.
The Saints (2-0, 2-0 IVC) led 20-14 after the first quarter and pushed the lead to 40-30 at the intermission. An 11-10 edge in the third round extended TCC's lead to 51-40.
Austin Dick and Ty Colombo paced Tusky Catholic with 18 points apiece while ABeau Beamer tallied 14.
Newcomerstown's Bryce Barbera took game scoring honors with a 26-point explosion. Brennan Wilkin and Nick Millender chipped in 13 and 12, respectively, for the Trojans (0-2, 0-1 IVC).