BIDWELL, Ohio — Can’t stop the skid.
The River Valley boys basketball team dropped its seventh consecutive contest Friday night after falling to Ohio Valley Conference leading Fairland by a count of 63-44 in Gallia County.
The Raiders (2-12, 0-5 OVC) held with FHS (11-4, 7-0) over the first period and trailed 10-7. The Dragons pulled away River Valley in the second stanza with a 25-to-7 run and led by 21 at halftime.
The Dragon offense kept it up in the second half, scoring 22 points in the third period. The Raiders cranked out 16 points in the third and trailed 57-30. As Fairland’s second unit entered the game RVHS went on a 14-to-6 run over the final eight minutes. The Dragons remain unbeaten in the OVC with a 63-44 victory over the Silver and Black.
Tyler Twyman paced the Raider offense with 15 points, including River Valley’s only two three-pointers. Ethan Dovenbarger finished with eight points, Justin Rusk marked seven, while Seann Roberts, Burnie Stanley and Joseph Loyd each notched four points. Kyle Bays added two points, rounding out the RVHS scoring.
Dovenbarger and Twyman led the Raiders with six rebounds each, while Twyman finished with a team-high three assists and Doverbarger finished with River Valleys only two blocked shots. As a team RVHS had 26 rebounds, five assists and two steals. The Raiders shot 12-of-17 (70.6 percent) from the free throw line and 15-of-41 (36.6 percent) from the field, including 2-of-12 (16.7 percent) from three-point range.
The Dragons were led by Evan Maddox with team-highs in points with 17, rebounds with eight and assists with five. Dionte Braye chipped in with 12 points, followed by Cody Midkiff with eight, Kyle Raines with seven, Luke Phillips with six, Thayer Flynn with five and Nathan Campbell with four. Chance Short added three points, while Tyler Campbell had one to round out the FHS total.
Phillips had three steals to lead the Dragons, while Raines had the only two rejections for the victors. As a team Fairland had 34 rebounds, 10 assists and 12 steals. The Green and White shot 9-of-16 (56.3 percent) and 25-of-68 (36.8 percent) from the field, including 4-of-21 (19 percent) from beyond the arc.
Fairland completes the season sweep of the Raiders, as the Dragons also defeated RVHS on December 14th in Proctorville by a score of 68-46.