Buckeyes bully River Valley, 65-31

By Alex Hawley - ahawley@civitasmedia.com

NELSONVILLE, Ohio — A night to forget.

The River Valley boys basketball team suffered a 65-31 setback at the hands of host Nelsonville-York on Saturday, in a Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division tilt at Ben Wagner Gymnasium.

The Buckeyes (5-12, 2-6) led 16-7 after eight minutes of play, and expanded their advantage to 33-18 by halftime. The Raiders (3-14, 0-8) were outscored by a 15-to-6 clip in the third canto, as the deficit grew to 49-24. NYHS capped off the 65-31 victory with a 16-to-7 fourth quarter run.

RVHS senior Mark Wray led the Raiders with 10 points, followed by Kirk Morrow with seven and Tre Craycraft with five. Tyler Twyman scored three points, Jarrett McCarley and Ian Polcyn both added two, while Jacob Dovenbarger and Layne Fitch rounded out the Silver and Black scoring with one point apiece.

The Raiders shot just 10-of-21 (47.6 percent) from the free throw line, while Twyman accounted for the lone RVHS trifecta.

Aron Davis led Nelsonville-York with 20 points, followed by Hunter Edwards with 17 and Noah Andrews with nine. Christian Berry and Ronnie Wend both scored five points in the win, while Kris Kline and Jakob Talbert each added three. The Buckeye scoring was rounded out by Alex Williams with two points and Patrick Gail with one.

The Orange and Brown connected on 21-of-34 free throw attempts, equaling 61.8 percent.

The Buckeyes — who had lost 12 of their last 13 games before Saturday — also topped River Valley on December 11, by a 56-48 count in Bidwell.

The Raiders will try to snap their five-game losing skid on Tuesday, when Athens visits Gallia County. The Bulldogs — who have won seven of their last eight decisions — defeated RVHS by a 72-37 final on December 15, in The Plains.

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By Alex Hawley