Friday night, January 31 in Dresden, Coach Todd McLoughlin’s Tri-Valley boys basketball team welcomed a talented Morgan hoops squad to the Dawg House and Rich Longaberger Court for a key Muskingum Valley League hardwood battle.
When the two teams met in Round One of conference play back in December in McConnellsville, the Scotties and Raiders played to a 10-10 tie at the first break, the Scotties edged ahead by halftime, then hung on the second half for a hard-earned 51-42 win.
This time around was a near mirror image for the two MVL cage clubs, as a good-sized Friday night Dawg House crowd saw Coach McLoughlin’s host black and gold and the visiting Raiders battle to a 13-13 tie at the first break, cheered as the Scotties edged ahead to a 31-23 lead at the halftime break, then held on – again – in the second half for a hard-earned 64-57 victory.
The win improved the Scotties record to 13-5 overall and more importantly, 10-2 in MVL play, as the Dawgs remain just a game behind league-leading Sheridan in the loss column.
Senior starters Keaton Williams and Jack Lyall combined for eight first frame points with two fielders apiece, classmate Skye Bryan drained a trey, and junior Jakob Frueh added a counter to account for the home team’s 13 points.
Williams put the Scotties on his shoulders on the offensive end in the second stanza, working hard around the rim for eight points, while Bryan added four more points, and Dylan Williams and Luke Lyall contributed hustling three-point plays the old-fashioned way – as the home team built a 31-23 lead over the Raiders by the halftime break.
Six different Scotties cracked the scoring column in the third quarter, as the balanced scoring act for the Dawgs was quite the opposite of what the Raiders produced in the third frame, as Morgan’s talented Carver Myers scored 15 of his team’s 17 points in the period; by the end of the wild third quarter, Tri-Valley still led, but just by a 44-40 count, heading into the fourth quarter.
Tri-Valley’s Skye Bryan played a big role in helping the Dawgs hold off Morgan, hitting an array of shots from the field and adding a charity toss for nine fourth frame counters, with Jack Lyall adding five points, and Luke Lyall, Keaton Williams and Ty Smith adding two points each to help the home team stave off the Raiders by the final 64-57 tally.
Bryan’s 18 points topped Scottie scorers, who also got double figure scoring from Williams with 16 points, 11 from Jack Lyall and nine from Luke Lyall. Carver Myers’ 31 points were a thing of beauty for the Raiders, but the next Morgan player was Josh Wells with nine.
Coach Chris Garber’s Scottie junior varsity lost 33-32 to Morgan, thanks to a near 30 foot buzzer beater from the Raider’s Jordan Raines. Jordan Pantaleo’s 10 points, and seven from Aaron Frueh, led the Scottie JVs in scoring. In the freshman game, Coach Davis Keel’s Scottie frosh walloped Morgan by a 43-15 count, thanks to 12 from Bennett Baker, 11 from Chase Cameron, and eight counters from David Huffman.
On Tuesday night, February 4, the Scotties welcome Maysville to the Dawg House and Rich Longaberger Court. The last time the two MVL hoop rivals hooked up – back on January 10 in South Zanesville – the fired-up host Panthers parlayed a career-high 27-point night from Mason Swauger to a 53-46 upset win over the visiting Scotties. Freshman action tips off the tripleheader night of hoops at The Dawg House at 5:00 p.m.