by Gregg Meadows
The Tri-Valley’s boys basketball team’s season came crashing to a halt Saturday night, March 7 at Muskingum University, as the Meadowbrook Colts dispatched the Dawgs in the D-II District championship game by a convincing 61-28 count.
Despite the disappointing finish, it was a memorable year for the Scottie hoopsters – and their five seniors – as Tri-Valley captured a share of the 2019-20 Muskingum Valley League boys basketball title (with Sheridan), and enjoyed success in the post season as well, with a Sectional title, then a win as well in the district semi-final contest vs St. Clairsville. The Scotties finished with a solid 19-6 record for the season, while landing the school’s 18th conference crown in the school’s 54-year history.
In the Meadowbrook district title final, Tri-Valley actually jumped out to an early 5-2 lead, but the talented Colts – who now take a 23-3 record into Thursday night’s Regional semi-final game vs Logan Elm at Athen’s Convocation Center – took over from there, outscoring the stunned Scotties 9-2 the rest of the first frame for an 11-6 first break lead, then continued their momentum into the second quarter, eventually building a 29-16 lead by halftime.
The decisive third quarter saw the Colts put the game away, padding their cushion to an insurmountable 42-18 lead at one point, then coasting in the fourth quarter for the final 61-28 tally.
Keaton Williams led Tri-Valley in scoring with eight points, with Luke Lyall adding six counters for the Scotties, who connected on just 11 of their 41 attempted action shots, and were just five of 14 from the foul line. Jacob Singleton led four Meadowbrook players in double figures, with 19 points.
Tri-Valley Coach Todd McLoughlin summed the game up – and season – with his post-game comments to the Zanesville Times Recorder’s Brandon Hannahs, stating “’One bad loss doesn’t define this team or season. We came back to win the league and played a tough non-conference schedule. These guys worked their tails off and did everything we asked of them. We were one game away from the regional, and I’m very proud of what this team accomplished,” stated Coach McLoughlin.
Congratulations to the 2019-20 TVHS boys basketball team on another great season!