Tuesday night, January 29 in McConnellsville, Coach Todd McLoughlin’s Tri-Valley boys basketball used a 16-4 third quarter performance to overtake host Morgan, then hung on in the fourth quarter to take home a key 46-43 Muskingum Valley League win over the host Raiders.
The win improved the Scotties record to 11-5 overall, and more importantly, hiked their conference mark to 9-2 to stay in contention for their third straight league title – a game behind second place Sheridan, and two games back of league-leading and MVL unbeaten John Glenn.
But it wasn’t easy.
The host Raiders jumped out to an 11-9 at the first break, thanks to four counters from Carver Myers, a trey from Josh Wells, and fielders from Chance Myers and Tyler Janes. The visiting Scotties kept it close in the opening minutes of play with five points from junior Jack Lyall, and action shots from classmates Keaton Williams and Skye Bryan.
Tri-Valley inched closer to their hosts in the second stanza, as Bryan hustled for six points, brothers Jack and Luke Lyall combined for eight points, and Williams a two-pointer, as the Dawgs reached the halftime break down just 26-25.
The third quarter was all Tri-Valley however, as Williams erupted for ten points on an array of athletic drives to the rim, while Bryan threw in four more counters for TV, and Luke Lyall a fielder, as the Scotties blitzed the Raiders for a 16-4 third quarter markup, overtaking the silver and blue for a 41-30 lead heading into what would be a wild final eight minutes of regulation play.
Morgan shook off its third quarter blues to claw back in the game, holding the Scotties scoreless for the first four minutes of the fourth quarter until a Keaton Williams lay-up finally looked to have the Dawgs in the driver’s seat at 43-34.
The host Raiders chipped away at TV’s double-digit, late game lead, aided by the fact that the black and gold managed only a Bryan bucket and Williams free throw down the stretch the rest of the way. But the Scotties held on – despite missing three of their only four free throws for the game; surviving the cold-shooting Raiders final few attempts to tie the contest, and boarding the bus with a hard-earned, 46-43 win safely in tow.
Keaton Williams led the winners with 17 points, followed by Bryan’s 14 markers, nine from Jack Lyall, and six points from freshman Luke Lyall as well.
Carver Myers led the host Raiders with 17 points, while Josh Wells chipped in nine.
Tri-Valley won the junior varsity contest as well – 47-27 – and were led by Jakob Frueh’s 12 points, and ten counters each from Luke Hill and Jordan Pantaleo. Landon Pettit’s eight points led the Morgan JVs.
The Scotties step out of conference play on Saturday, February 2, hosting the Westerville Central Warhawks in Dresden at the Dawg House, as part of a rare hoops ‘quintuplet-header’, featuring both Tri-Valley girls and boys basketball teams in action, back-to-back.
TV vs. Morgan girls basketball junior varsity play tips off at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, with the varsity game to follow in a day – and night – of ‘basketball palooza’ at the Dawg House.
The Tri-Valley boys basketballers host visiting Westerville Central for a tripleheader of hoops action on ‘Groundhog Day at the Dawg House’ with the Scottie and Warhawk freshman teams tipping it off immediately following the TV vs Morgan girls varsity contest, followed by an evening of JV and varsity non-conference action as well between TV and Westerville Central.
Tri-Valley High School athletic director Erin Nezbeth states that general admission tickets purchased for the girls games will be honored for the evening of boys basketball action as well. Can you beat that?
Six more weeks of winter – or not – let’s pack ’em in at the Dawg House on Ground Hog Day….see you there!