Coach Todd McLoughlin’s Tri-Valley varsity boys basketball team welcomed McLoughlin’s former team (and alma mater) West Muskingum to the Dawg House Tuesday night, Dec. 4, in the Muskingum Valley League opener for the Scotties.
The visiting Tornadoes are coached by 1974 TVHS alum and former hoops standout Jeff Butler, who is assisted by his brother Ed, a 1982 TVHS alum and standout guard on the Scottie’s only Final Four team – the Coach Rich Longaberger-coached 1980-81 squad. Both Butlers are also former TV Schools cage coaches as well.
The Scotties were looking to rebound from the season-opening 56-30 loss to non-conference foe Columbus Desales – and rebound they did, handling the visiting Tornadoes by a 54-36 count.
Tri-Valley led at every break in this one, taking a 15-4 lead at the first break, and a 26-16 advantage by intermission; it was a double-digit lead they would maintain and build on in the second half, picking up the win in their first conference action of the 2018-19 season.
Five different Scotties cracked the scoring column in the first eight minutes of action, including Scottie freshman standout Ty Smith, who looped in a long trey for his first varsity points, five counters from junior regular Keaton Williams (including trey), and four points from junior starter Jack Lyall.
Lyall added six more points in the second stanza, and Smith five more as well that included another three-point missile, as the host Scotties took their double-digit lead to the halftime lockerroom, and cruised in the second half for the win.
Lyall’s 16 points led the winners, with Smith and Williams joining him in double figures with 11 and 10 points respectively.
West Muskingum’s Jaren Garber’s 11 points led the Tornadoes.
The Tri-Valley freshman tipped off the evening with a 59-13 win – Coach Jeff Nezbeth’s first as Scottie coach – over the visiting West Muskingum Tornado frosh, and were led by Drew Burkhart’s 15 counters, and 13 points apiece from Luke Hill and Alex Williams.
In the junior varsity contest, Coach Chris Garber saw all nine members of his reserve squad crack the scoring column, led by Jakob Frueh’s 13 points, 11 from Kaden Bay (including a trio of treys), and nine from post player Caden King.
Landon Murray’s nine points paced the Tornadoes JV’s.
The Scotties hit the road this Friday, December 7, when they travel to Thornville to battle a tall and talented Sheridan General squad.
It’s another tripleheader of basketball action, with the freshman game tipping off at 5:00 p.m.