Friday night, January 4 on the road at Crooksville, Coach Todd McLoughlin’s Tri-Valley Scottie boys varsity team tipped of the new year on a positive note, leading at every break against the host Ceramics, taking home a 65-39 Muskingum Valley League victory, and improving their conference mark to 5-1 on the 2018-19 season, and 6-4 overall.
Tri-Valley junior Jack Lyall paced the Dawgs in a sizzling opening frame, firing in eight points to include a pair of treys, while senior point guard Matt King added five points with a trey, as did freshman guard Ty Smith, as the visiting Scotties built a 20-7 lead by the first break.
Smith threw in five more counters in the second stanza, helping his team to a 20-10 at the intermission. Third quarter action saw Scottie senior Kaden Lawler lead the way with four points, while Smith and junior Keaton Williams added treys, freshman Luke Lyall a three-point missile, and junior Drew Richert a fielder as well, as the black and gold took a commanding 43-26 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.
Tri-Valley junior guard Skye Bryan came off the bench in the final frame to fire in a whopping 16 points to include a pair of long distance treys, as the Scotties won this one going away, by the final 65-39 tally.
Bryan’s 16 points led the winners, with Ty Smith – scoring in all four quarters – right behind with 15 points, and Lyall – who left the contest in the second quarter with an ankle injury – finishing with ten counters.
In the junior varsity contest, Scottie sophomore Jakob Frueh’s 19 points and Jordan Pantaleo’s 10 counters paced Coach Chris Garber’s TV reserve squad to a 57-42 win over the Crooksville JVs. The Scotties also got six points apiece from Kaden Bay and Jalen Goins-Chandler, and five from Luke Hill in the win.
The Scotties jump back into MVL play on Tuesday night, January 8, hosting the Philo Electrics in Dresden at the Dawg House, then board the bus for a big road trip to rival John Glenn on Friday night, January 11.