SOUTH POINT, Ohio — It’s tough to when games when you turn the ball over.
The River Valley boys basketball team fell victim to South Point Tuesday night by a count of 66-56 in the Ohio Valley Conference finale, a game in with the Raiders committed 24 turnovers.
South Point (9-12, 4-6 OVC) jumped out to an early lead after out scoring RVHS (3-18, 1-9) 20-to-12 in the opening canto. SPHS expanded its lead to nine points at halftime with a 20-to-17 spurt in the second period.
The Pointers lead grew to double-digits after a 17-to-15 third period run. River Valley scored 12 points in the finale but South Point marked 11 to seal the 66-56 victory.
The Raiders were paced by Seann Roberts with 14 points and Ethan Dovenbarger with 13. Jonathan Qualls chipped in with seven points, while Joseph Loyd and Tyler Twyman both contributed six points. Jacob Gilmore notched five points, Justin Rusk added three, and Kyle Bays rounded out the RVHS scoring with two points.
Roberts led the Raiders and completed his double-double with 13 rebounds, followed by Dovenbarger with six. Twyman and Rusk each had three assists to pace River Valley, while Qualls had a team-high three steals. Dovenbarger had River Valley’s lone block.
As a team RVHS had 36 rebounds, three steals, 15 assists, and one block. The Raiders committed 24 turnovers while forcing 10.
The Raiders shot 12-of-23 (52.2 percent) from the charity stripe and 23-of-51 (45.1 percent) including 7-of-16 (43.8 percent) from beyond the arc. Loyd and Twyman each had two triples for RVHS, while Gilmore, Dovenbarger and Rusk each hit one.
Brandon Barnes led the South Point with 40 points, including 20 in each half. Brandon Boggs had 12 points and 12 rebounds, for the victors, followed by Payne Meadows with five points. Brady Rickard marked four points, John Johnson added three and Nathan White rounded out the SPHS scoring with two points.
The Pointers shot 3-of-7 (42.9 percent) from the line and 24-of-54 (44.4 percent) from the field, including 6-of-24 (25 percent) from three.Barnes accounted for all six Pointer three’s.
South Point also defeated River Valley on January 11th in Bidwell by a count of 63-50.
The Raiders have now lost five consecutive games.