Saturday afternoon, Feb. 17 in Dresden at The Dawg House, Coach Todd McLoughlin’s Scottie boys basketball team wrapped up the regular season portion of their 2018-19 schedule, welcoming the Crooksville Ceramics to town in a game that was originally slated for February 1, but postponed due to inclement winter weather, and rescheduled.
Understandably still deflated from their heartbreaking loss to now, – the MVL champ – John Glenn Muskies the night before at the Dawg House, the Scottie nonetheless regrouped and put their best foot forward to end the regular season on a positive note, (heading into the tough Div. I post season) and send their three seniors – Matt King, Kaden Lawler, and Garrett French – out in good fashion in the final home game with a win – defeating a competitive Ceramic squad, 77-51.
Tri-Valley finished the regular season with an overall mark of 14-7 and a solid, runnerup 12-3 record in conference action.
All 12 Scotties who suited up for the varsity game, cracked the scoring column for the home team in the victory, as the black and gold led at every break against a sound Travis German coached Crooksville team that could very well make some noise in the Division IV OHSAA roundball post season.
TV senior guard Matt King had a home finale – and first quarter – to remember for the Scotties, pouring in 12 first frame points on the strength of a pair of treys and three lay-ups, as the hosts jumped out to a 24-8 lead at the first break.
Scottie junior scoring standout Keaton Williams heated up in the second stanza, leading the charge with six counters, helping the black and gold to a 45-28 lead at the halftime break. Crooksville got their offense going in the second quarter as well, scoring 20 points in the eight minute session, led by a pair of entertaining and talented guards – Michael Baughman and Colt White – who struck for six points apiece.
TV’s Keaton Williams stayed hot in the third quarter for the home team, striking for eight more counters, as the Dawgs took a 62-43 lead into the fourth quarter.
The final eight minute period saw seven different Scotties crack the scoring column, but the highlight was the three separate good-byes to Tri-Valley seniors King, Lawler, and French, who received heartfelt ovations with their final departures from the home hardwood with the 77-51 win safely in tow.
Williams led Tri-Valley in scoring with 18 points (on nine fielders), followed closely by King’s 15 first half points, nine from Skye Bryan, eight by freshman Ty Smith, seven from Jack Lyall, five from Luke Lyall, four from Dylan Williams, three points from senior Garrett French, and a deuce apiece from senior Kaden Lawler, sophomore Jakob Frueh, and two each from juniors Evan Arnold and Drew Richet as well.
The Crooksville guard tandem of Michael Baughman and Colt White led the Ceramics in scoring with 13 counters apiece, with Caden Sparks adding eight, and Tyler Rambo seven points for the Ceramics.
Coach Chris Garber’s Tri-Valley junior varsity completed its season with a sterling 18-4 overall mark and even better 15-1 MVL-best record by virtue of their 67-34 win over the Crooksville Ceramic JV squad in their season finale reserve contest. (Sheridan’s JVs have just one loss as well, and have a game to play with John Glenn this week to complete their regular season.) TV freshman Luke Hill and Jalen Goins-Chandler led the Scottie JVs in scoring with 11 points each, followed by Trevor Yoder and Jordan Pantaleo with eight points apiece, seven counters from Blake Sands, six points by Dalton Hazen, five points each from Kaden Bay and Jakob Frueh, four points from Dylan Richardson, and two points by Caden King. Crooksville’s Brayden Cavinee led the Ceramic JVs with 13 points.
The Scotties will get a bit of a break before they hop on the OHSAA post season tournament trail, getting a first round bye as the 25th seed in the Division I, Central District ‘Columbus 1’ bracket for Sectional and District post season play.
On Friday night, March 1, at 7:00 p.m., the Scotties will travel to play the winner of the Feb. 23 Canal Winchester (a 10th seed) vs Dublin Jerome (an 18th seed) game on the winner’s home court.