The Tri-Valley’s boys basketball team’s stay in Central District, Division I post season play was a short one, as Coach Todd McLoughlin’s Scottie hoopsters were bumped off the tournament trail Friday night, March 1, 75-48 by Canal Winchester, on the Indian’s home floor.
The loss in the post season opener left the Scotties with a 15-8 overall record for the 2018-19 season.
The host Indians jumped out to a 10-3 lead midway through the opening quarter, and never looked back, leading by big margins at each break to record the win to advance in D-I Central District boys basketball tournament action.
Tri-Valley had no answer for Canal Winchester big man, Bilal Sow, who scorched the visiting Scotties for 32 points – in just three quarters of play – accounting for nine points to lead the hosts to a 16-9 lead at the first break, eight more counters in the second stanza to help the Indians to a big 34-17 lead at intermission, then poured 15 more points through the nets in the third quarter, as the Indians took a commanding 62-30 lead into the fourth quarter.
Scottie junior scoring leader Keaton Williams led Tri-Valley with a solid 18 point effort as the lone double figure scorer, followed by Jakob Frueh and Luke Lyall with six points a apiece, four points from Matt King, three counters from junior Drew Richert on a traditional three-point play, a third quarter trey from junior Jack Lyall, and two points each from Skye Bryan, Ty Smith, Kaden Lawler, and Dylan Williams. The Scotties were 19 of 47 from the floor, and made eight of their attempted 16 free throws.
In addition to Sow’s 32 points, Cole Metzger also added 18 counters for the Indians, while high-scoring Canal Winchester senior guard Brady Snyder was held to a lone third period, three-point jumper – thanks to some great defense from Scottie junior Skye Bryan.
With just a trio of departing seniors – Matt King, Kaden Lawler, and Garrett French – and nearly the entire starting line-up set to return, Tri-Valley is already looking forward to next season, with an outside chance as well of sliding down to Division II play. (Tri-Valley is currently one of the smallest ‘big-school’ Division I teams in the state of Ohio.)
Congratulations to Coach Todd McLoughlin and the 15-8 Tri-Valley boys basketball team, on another solid season!