The 2018-19 edition of Tri-Valley boys basketball tipped off the season Friday night, November 30 in Dresden at The Dawg House with a triple header (freshman, JV and varsity) of action versus non-conference foe – and very talented – Columbus Desales.
A good-sized crowd witnessed legendary Scottie – and Jefferson Jayhawk – former boys basketball coach Rich Longaberger honored in a moving pre-game ceremony ahead of the varsity game tip-off, that saw the TVHS gymnasium floor dedicated and designated forever as ‘Coach Rich Longaberger Court.’
The evening started with the freshman game, as first-year Scottie boys frosh skipper Jeff Nezbeth cut his teeth at the Dawg House hosting a most capable collection of ninth grade hoopsters from Desales. The Stallions shot out to leads of 12-3, then 31-7 by halftime, rolling to the 56-30 win. Alex Williams netted 12 points to pace the Scotties, who also got double figure scoring from Luke Hill, with 10 counters. Jason Pletcher added seven second half points for the TV freshman.
In the junior varsity game, Coach Chris Garber’s reserve cage squad ran into the same brick wall that their freshman counterparts hit, as the visiting Stallions jumped out to a 13-5 lead at the first break, then added to their advantage and led 21-10 by intermission. The Scotties played better in the second half, but still dropped their season opener as well, 52-29. Seven different players cracked the junior varsity scoring book for the Dawgs, led by eight points apiece by Jalen-Goins-Chandler and Jakob Frueh.
The night cap and main event of the evening got off to a rocky start as well, as veteran Coach Todd Mcloughlin’s varsity cagers found the going rough against Coach Pat Murphy’s Desales Stallions, who blanked the host Scotties on the scoreboard 13-0 in the first eight minutes of action.
TV junior point guard and first-year varsity starter Skye Bryan got his team’s first points of the 2018-19 season, looping in a long three-pointer, then added five more points in the second stanza as well, as the host Scotties inched closer to the Stallions, who scored 20 more points in the second quarter, and led 33-12 at halftime.
Bryan added his third trey of the game, and classmate Jack Lyall dropped in four third quarter counters, but Tri-Valley trailed 48-23 headed into a fourth period that saw both teams score six points apiece for the final 54-29 Desales win.
Bryan’s 11 points was the only Scottie in double figures, while the Lyall brothers – Jack, and his freshman brother Luke – added six points apiece for the black and gold.
The Scotties welcome Muskingum Valley League foe West Muskingum to the Dawg House this Tuesday evening, December 4, for the conference opener.
Triple-header hoops action tips-off at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday night in Dresden, with the freshman TV vs WM boys basketball contest.