McARTHUR, Ohio — Unfortunately for River Valley, it couldn’t keep pace with the fast — and good — Vinton County Vikings.
The visiting Raiders trailed just 17-14 following the opening quarter, but undefeated Vinton County blitzed River Valley 57-32 in the middle two periods — en route to the Raiders falling 87-68 on Tuesday night in a Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division boys basketball bout.
The second stanza proved to be the biggest difference, as the Vikings amassed 26 points in the period, including a dozen alone on four three-pointers by Naylen Yates.
In the third quarter, Vinton County collected 31 points — as Yates sank his other three trifectas in the frame.
River Valley, in making 9-of-12 fourth-quarter free throws, outscored the Vikings 22-13 in the period.
In fact, after a 10-point second quarter, the Raiders finished with back-to-back 22-point cantos.
The loss, which was River Valley’s fifth consecutive, dropped the Silver and Black to 1-5 — and 0-4 in the league.
Vinton County remains perfect at 5-0, and an opposite 4-0 and atop the TVC-Ohio with Meigs (3-0 TVC-Ohio).
The Raiders were victimized by 11 Viking threes, as Tristan Bartoe bagged a pair in addition to Yates’ seven.
Derick Jones and Nevan Yates added one three-ball apiece, as the Raiders have now allowed at least eight three-pointers in each of their last four games.
Naylen Yates, who also added a third-quarter two-pointer, poured in 23 points to pace the winners.
Bartoe bucketed five field goals and 4-of-4 free throws for 16 points, while Jones dropped in a dozen on five field goals.
Jake Speakman and Eli Griffith, on five field goals apiece, chipped in 10 points for Vinton County.
Jacob Dovenbarger paced the Raiders with 16 points, canning six total field goals including a pair of threes.
Jarrett McCarley, with three treys and 3-of-5 free throws, followed with 14 points.
Patrick Brown tallied 13 points with five field goals, as Dustin Barber netted three field goals for nine.
Both Brown and Barber buried a triple apiece, as Dovenbarger, Barber and Brown each went 2-of-2 at the line.
Jacob Campbell and Tre Craycraft each added five points, while Ian Polcyn posted a third-quarter basket.
Jordan Burns made two field goals for four points to round out the River Valley scoring.
The Raiders return home, and step out of conference action, on Friday night when they host Point Pleasant.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106
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