BIDWELL, Ohio — Eight was enough.
The River Valley boys basketball snapped an eight-game losing skid while also picking up their first league victory of the 2013 season Tuesday night following a 56-51 decision over visiting Rock Hill in an Ohio Valley Conference matchup in Gallia County.
The host Raiders (3-13, 1-6 OVC) shot 42 percent from the field and won each of the first three periods of play to establish a 40-31 advantage headed into the finale. The Redmen (4-10, 1-6) countered with a 20-16 charge down the stretch, but their rally bid ultimately ran out of time — allowing RVHS to secure the five-point decision.
River Valley — which had been plagued by turnovers during its recent skid — committed just 16 miscues total, the same amount surrendered by RHHS in the game — and those equal numbers ultimately proved beneficial to the hosts.
The Raiders jumped out to a 13-9 edge after eight minutes of play, then posted another 13-9 run in the second canto to establish a 26-18 cushion at the break.
The hosts kept that momentum going into the third quarter, using a small 14-13 spurt to establish a nine-point lead headed into the fourth. Rock Hill made its valiant run at the end of regulation, but never led at any point in the final stanza.
RVHS connected on 17-of-40 field goal attempts overall, including a 2-of-9 effort from three-point range for 22 percent. The Raiders were outrebounded by a slim 29-28 overall margin, including 13-7 on the offensive glass.
Tyler Twyman led the hosts with 14 points, followed by Justin Rusk with 10 points and Ethan Dovenbarger with nine markers. Seann Roberts also had eight points for the victors, who were 20-of-37 at the free throw line for 54 percent.
Joseph Loyd and Jonathon Qualls each chipped in six points, while Burnie Stanley rounded out the scoring with three markers. Dovenbarger hauled in a team-high five caroms, while Qualls came up with a team-best three steals.
The Redmen sank 22-of-61 shot attempts for 36 percent overall, including a 5-of-30 effort from three-point range for 17 percent. The guests were also 2-of-6 at the charity stripe for 33 percent.
Jacob Falls paced RHHS with 14 points, followed by Joey Stidham and Austin Collins with 13 markers apiece. Collins also grabbed a game-high seven rebounds in the setback.
River Valley salvaged a season split with the Redmen with this outcome. The Raiders dropped a 53-48 decision in Pedro back on December 11.