The River Pilots misfired on their first eight shots including six shots from beyond the arc, and found themselves down 17-4 after one period and 32-8 at the break against the Hiland Hawks March 6 and went on to fall 71-38 to last year's defending state champions in the Ohio District IV semifinals in Byesville.
In the the third period, the Pilots didn't connect on a three-point basket in 17 tries before Chad Isaly sank one late in the quarter. Meanwhile the Hawks went on a 26-point outburst to put the game way out of reach.
River's Brett Price managed to net 12 of his team-high 16 points in the final period, including two bonus bombs, with only three River Pilots making any points in the game. Jordan Indermuhle tacked on 14 markers and hauled in eight boards, while Isaly added eight points, including a pair of trifectas.
"Sometimes you live by the three(ball) and sometimes you don't make them and can die by them," said River Pilot Head Coach Mark Romick. "But, it's a lot tougher to make when you have a 6'5" kid to shoot over compared to a 5'10" kid.
"This can be used as a learning experience. We are mostly juniors and everything we've done this season has been new to the kids. You just have to get better. We've sat in this same locker room with five seniors after losing to the eventual state champions. We will see what it takes to get better during the off season if we want to reach the level where Hiland is," Romick concluded.