McARTHUR, Ohio — Slow starts led to a bad finish for the River Valley boys basketball team Friday night following an 83-56 setback to host Vinton County in a Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division contest in Vinton County.
The visiting Raiders (3-11, 0-5 TVC Ohio) held their own by outscoring VCHS 37-36 during the second and fourth frames, but the Vikings (12-1, 5-0) did their damage in the early parts of each half.
The Maroon and Gray led 23-10 after eight minutes of play before securing a 41-29 cushion at the break, then the hosts made a 24-9 charge during the third canto en route to a sizable 65-38 advantage headed into the finale. Both teams scored 18 points down the stretch to wrap up the 27-point outcome.
Tyler Twyman paced the Raiders with a game-high 22 points, followed by Jacob Dovenbarger with 11 points and Kirk Morrow with six markers. Jarrett McCarley also added five points in the setback.
Tre Craycraft, Hollis Morrison, Wyatt Newman and Dustin Barber rounded out the RVHS tally with three points apiece. The guests — who have dropped two straight decisions — made 10 of their 19 field goals from behind the arc and also went 8-of-14 at the free throw line for 57 percent.
Tristan Bartoe paced VCHS with 21 points, followed by Jordan Albright with 16 points and Derick Jones with 14 markers. Chase Wood and Naylan Yates also chipped in 10 and five points, respectively.
Sean Caudill and Bo McIntire were next with four points each, while Austin Ward and Bryce Damron added three markers apiece. Jake Speakman and Caleb Montgomery rounded out the winning tally with two points and one point.
Vinton County — fresh off its lone loss to Logan last weekend — netted 12 of its 30 field goals from behind the arc and also went 11-of-19 at the charity stripe for 58 percent.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.