It just wasn’t in the cards for the TVHS boys basketball freshman, junior varsity, and varsity teams Saturday afternoon and evening, Dec. 29 at Granville, as the host Blue Aces dealt the hoop Scotties a hand they’ve prefer not to see again, defeating the Dawgs in all three games in non-conference holiday hardwood action.
The Licking County League Blue Aces beat the Scotties 53-39 in the varsity contest, as Coach Todd McLoughlin’s Scotties dug themselves a hole early in this one, and never recovered, falling to a 5-4 overall mark as they close out the 2018 calendar year portion of their 2018-19 cage season.
Granville football All-Ohio quarterback Cam Crouch proved his worth on the roundball court for the Blue Aces as well, looping in a pair of long first frame three-pointers to pace the hosts – who had six different players crack the scoring column in a first eight minutes of action that saw the hosts build a 19-2 lead, and eventual 21-7 advantage by the first break.
Tri-Valley scored the game’s first points, on a rebound bucket from junior Keaton Williams, but then the Blue Aces went on a 19-0 tear, and the damage was done. TV freshman Luke Lyall added a trey, while his brother – high-scoring junior Jack Lyall – added a reverse lay-up at the end of the quarter, as the Scotties were staring at a 14-point deficit on the road heading into the second stanza.
Granville continued their dominance to start the second quarter of play, getting back-to-back treys to build a 27-9 lead. But then the Scotties went on a run of their own, as freshman Ty Smith sandwiched a pair of top-of-the-key three-point bombs around an athletic Jack Lyall drive through traffic for two points to cut the Granville lead to 11 at 27-15 with 3:11 left in the half.
But the host Blue Aces closed out the second quarter of action with a 5-1 spurt, and led 32-16 at the halftime intermission.
The Scotties couldn’t cut into the Blue Aces lead in the third quarter, scoring just nine points on a Jack Lyall lay-up, a pair of Ty Smith charity tosses, then five points from Keaton Williams on a drive to the hoop and a long trey, as host Granville owned a 20-point lead – 45-25 – heading into the fourth quarter.
Tri-Valley made a game of it in the final eight minutes of action, as another long three-pointer from Smith, two Keaton Williams free throws, a Jack Lyall trey from deep in the corner, then a pair of swished charity tosses from Kaden Lawler capped a 10-0 run to start the quarter, as the visiting Scotties had sliced the Blue Aces in half, and trailed 45-35 with 4:36 remaining.
After two Granville free throws, Scottie senior guard Matt King was fouled on a three-point attempt, and nailed all three charity tosses, to get the Dawgs within nine points at 47-38 at the 4:02 mark.
But that was as close as the black and gold would get, as the Scotties would net just a single point from the free throw line in their least seven possessions, and the host Blue Aces held on for the 53-39 win.
Ty Smith was the only TV cager in double figures, as the Scottie frosh was a first-time scoring leader for the varsity with 12 points, while Keaton Williams and Jack Lyall each added nine counters apiece for the Dawgs, who were a chilly 11 of 36 from the field.
Coach Chris Garber’s Scottie junior varsity found the lid on the basket as well on the Blue Aces home court, falling to the Granville reserve squad by a 48-28 count, and were led in scoring by Blake Sands, with seven.
The Tri-Valley freshman tipped off the afternoon and evening of hoops on the road at Granville, falling to the Blue Ace ninth grade squad by a 43-28 count. The Scottie frosh were led in scoring by Alex Williams, with 11 points, followed by Luke Hill, with six.
Tri-Valley tips off the new year with a Friday night, January 4 road trip to Crooksville – their fourth straight away game – then finally return to the friendly confines of their home court in Dresden on Tuesday evening January 8, when they welcome the Philo Electrics to the Dawg House.