Tusky Catholic 62, Newcomerstown 43

NEW PHILADELPHIA -- Host Tuscarawas Central Catholic out scored the visiting Newcomerstown Trojans 21-5 the third quarter to blow open what had been a relatively close game as the Saints rolled to a 62-43 Inter-Valley Conference win Tuesday.

The host Saints had built a 19-14 lead the initial quarter, but Newcomerstown came back with a 11-10 scoring edge the second round to cut the deficit to 29-25 going to the halftime intermission.

TCC then erupted for the 21 points the third frame while limiting the Trojans to just the five points to balloon the difference to 50-30 going to the final stanza. Newcomerstown posted a narrow 13-12 scoring advantage the final eight minutes, but couldn't complete a comeback as the Saints claimed the 62-43 final.

Newcomerstown (2-10, 1-8 IVC) connected on 17 floor shots, three from beyond the arc, and added 6-of-7 from the charity stripe. Bryce Barbera led the Trojan offense with 15 points and was followed closely by Brennan Wilkin with 14, while George Brode finished with 11 points.

Tuscarawas Central Catholic (6-7, 4-5 IVC) made 24 field shots, nine of them three pointers, and tacked on 5-of-9 from the bonus line. Austin Dick paced the Saints with 14 points with Beau Beamer following closely with 13. Dean Green added 10 points and Alex Selinsky had seven for the winners.

Hiland 68,Newcomerstown 54

NEWCOMERSTOWN -- Visiting Hiland High pulled away from Newcomerstown in the second half to score a 68-54 Inter-Valley Conference victory on Friday.

The Hawks (11-2, 7-1 IVC) and Trojans (2-11, 1-9 IVC) were tied at 13-all after one quarter and Newcomerstown was still within striking range at 30-27 at the intermission.

Hiland posted a 20-14 edge in the third period, fueled by a 16-point eruption by Turner Horn, to push the lead to 50-41 and then used an 18-13 fourth quarter edge to finish it off.

Horn poured in 26 points to lead the Hawks. Kobe Troyer tallied 14 and Andy Miller had 11 in supporting roles.

For the Trojans, the one-two punch of Bryce Barbera and Brennan Wilkin again carried the scoring load, with Barbera scoring 22 and Wilking netting 18. Branden Septer chipped in nine markers.

Indian Valley 60, Tusky Valley 55

BOLIVAR -- Visiting Indian Valley High used a big first half to slip past Tusky Valley 60-55 in boys basketball action on Friday night.

The Braves got out to a hot start outscoring the Trojans 13-8 in the opening quarter and added a 21-16 scoring edge in the second round to take a comfortable 34-24 lead into the halftime break.

Both teams put up 12 spots in the third stanza but Tusky Valley came close to making a comeback in the final eight minutes with a 19-14 scoring run but it was not enough to avoid the setback.

Leading the way for the Braves' offense was Connor McGuire with a game-high 18 points including a pair of makes from behind the arc while Cade Williams added 14 markers in the victory.

Dylan Vaughan led the Trojans offensive attack with a team-high 14 points followed by Brenton Franks and Nate Lewis with eight points each while Matt Solvo added seven and Landon Thompson tacked on six counters.

Malvern 68, Ridgewood 54

WEST LAFAYETTE -- Host Ridgewood fell short to Inter-Valley Conference foe Malvern on Friday night by a final score of 68-54.

The Hornets took command of the game quickly with a 20-9 scoring edge in the first quarter but the Generals sliced some of their deficit away outscoring the Hornets 15-12 in the second round but still trailed 32-24 after the first half.

Malvern cushioned its lead in the third stanza outscoring Ridgewood 18-11 and sealed the deal in the fourth quarter.

Pacing the Generals was Chase Griffith with a team-high 17 points while Keith Leindecker scored 10 points and Braeden Smith added nine points in the loss.

A trio of scorers reached double digits for the Hornets including Mack Mayle with a game-high 22 points followed by Jaret Majestic with 20 points and Drew Hutchison with 15 counters.