by Gregg Meadows
Coach Todd McLoughlin’s Tri-Valley boys basketball team used a 17-9 third-quarter spurt to break open a close game and pick up a hard-earned 56-38 win Wednesday night, Feb. 10 over visiting John Glenn in Dresden at The Dawg House.
The key conference win kept the Scotties tied for first place in the Muskingum Valley League ‘Big School’ division with Sheridan, with just a Friday night, Feb. 12 regular-season ending trip to Philo left for Tri-Valley before the postseason. (Sheridan plays at John Glenn Friday night, Feb. 12 in their conference and regular season closer.) The Scotties improved to 10-6 overall for the 2020-21 season, and 10-3 in overall conference play.
TV junior guard Luke Lyall’s five first frame points in the JG win helped the host Scotties take a slim 10-9 lead at the first break, then classmate and backcourt companion Ty Smith got into the scoring act, looping in a pair of long three-point swishers and a fielder for eight second stanza counters. All of that was needed, because the Muskies – under former Scottie hoops great Eric Sheck – got 14 first-half points from Nathan Walker (including four treys), as the two long-time MVL cage combatants jogged to the halftime locker-room tied at 22-22.
But a big third quarter for the host Scotties – including a pair of treys from Smith, four more points from Lyall, and a big three-point bomb from the corner from sophomore Aaron Frueh ahead of the buzzer, had the Dawgs up 39-31 heading into the fourth quarter.
Tri-Valley senior standout Jakob Frueh owned the fourth frame for the Scotties, pouring 10 points through the nets as the hosts pulled away from the Muskies for the eventual 56-38 win.
Smith’s 17 points led the winners, who also got 16 from Jakob Frueh and 11 from Luke Lyall. Walker’s 14 first-half points were tops for John Glenn, followed by Avery Parmer with eight counters, and Collin Campbell with six.
John Glenn (coached by former Scottie three-sporter Brian Fulks) won the junior varsity contest by a 45-39 count over Chris Garber’s TV reserves and were led in scoring by Aaron Hall’s 10 points, and six counters apiece from Tyler Steinhoff and Noah Winland. Jayden Walker’s eight points, seven apiece from Ashton Sensibaugh and Terrell Darden, and Chase Cameron’s six markers led the Scotties. John Glenn also won the freshman contest 35-30. Caleb Larrick led the winners with 20 points, while Ashton Sensibaugh and Terrell Darden’s seven points each, and six from a gutsy Ethan McClellan were tops for Coach Davis Keel’s Scottie frosh.
On Friday, Feb. 12, the Scotties put the lid on the regular season with a trip to Philo. The Scotties defeated the Electrics 59-28 back on Jan. 23 in Dresden in ‘Round One.’
The OHSAA boys basketball postseason is right around the corner, as the Scotties jump on the tourney trail on Wednesday, Feb. 24 as the D-II, East District, No. 6 seed and will host the John Glenn Muskies (No. 14 seed) in Dresden at The Dawg House with a 7:00 p.m. tip-off. The TV vs JG winner will play the winner of the third-seeded West Holmes vs. 11th seeded Maysville game on Saturday, Feb. 27 on the higher seed’s home court.