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Boys Basketball Heading Into Season Playoffs

By Staff | Feb 9, 2011

The River Pilots used a 19-8 first period run to knockoff Buckeye Trail, 53-37 Feb. 1 at Old Washington.

Sam Ramsier netted a game-high 17 points, while Zach Wax swished the cords for 16 markers, including four baskets from beyond the arch. Jordan Potts added nine tallies, including a pair of three point baskets. Jordan Indermuhle and Brandon Price each contributed four points, while Tucker Brown added three points.

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The Pilots shot 71 percent from the floor, forced 11 turnovers, and had 14 assists in the first 16 minutes to help propel River to a 63-47 victory over the visiting Shenandoah Zeps, Feb. 4, at R.L.Potts Gymnasium.

Ramsier, netted a game-high 19 points and dished off a team-high four assists to pace River. Potts tallied 17 points, including three baskets from well beyond the arch, while hauling in four rebounds and blocking three Zep shots. Brown had a game to remember. He scored 13 points, hauled in a game-high six rebounds, six assists, and four steals.

Other Pilots chipping in points include, Wax and Indermuhle splitting 10 markers, while Stewart and Matt Marconi each netted two points.

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The Pilots raced out to a commanding 42-21 lead at the break over the Beallsville Blue Devils on Feb. 5 in Blue Devil territory and never looked back in handing Beallsville a 77-59 loss.

Potts paced the Pilots with 17 points, including four baskets from beyond the arch, while Ramsier and Wax evenly split 28 markers, and Brown 10 points. Brandon Price chipped in with eight markers, while Indermuhle and Stewart each added six points, and Cody Caldwell two points.

Valley-Hundred

The “Back Yard Brawl” wasn’t much of a brawl, as the visiting Valley Lumberjacks put the Hundred Hornets away early, netting 23 of the first 28 points scored. The ‘Jacks went on to gain a 71-49 victory Feb. 2 at the Hornets Nest.

However, the Hornets fought back in the second period and sliced the ‘Jacks’ advantage to 33-20 at the break. Again, the Lumberjacks flexed their muscles and went on a 21-11 run to break it wide open.

Davie Sivert got his first start of the season for the Lumberjacks and pumped in a team-high 16 points and pulled down 11 rebounds for his first-ever double-double. Jeremiah Burch added 14 markers, including two baskets from beyond the arch, while Garrett Ueltschy and Alex Henderson added 13 and 12 points, respectively.

Kody Jenkins was in good form and contributed eight points, including two from long range. Meanwhile, Drew Wade and Ronald Morris followed with five and three points, respectively.

For the home-standing Hornets, Dalton Kuhn got his looks in the second half and poured in a game-high 19 points, while Tyrell Watson chipped in 10 markers. Shane Kuhn and Brady Koontz shared a dozen tallies, while Jericho Park and Kirk Shriver equally split eight points.

Valley Boys

The Valley Lumberjacks held the Tygarts Valley Bulldogs to five points in the third period, but couldn’t overcome an 18-8 burst by the ‘Dogs to drop, 65-52, in the opener of the inaugural Hometown Invitational, Feb. 1 at VHS gymnasium.

Alex “Hondo” Henderson kept the ‘Jacks in the game, netting 17 points that included four triples, while Garrett Ueltschy and Ronald Morris added 12 and 10 points, respectively. Jeremiah Burch followed with five points, including a threeball, while Davie Sivert came off the bench to net four points and was a force on the boards. Also coming off the bench was Cameron Price, who hit his only attempt from long range, while Kody Jenkins sank a charity toss and dished off a game-high seven assists.

Magnolia

Blue Eagles Jordan Moore and Matt Sapp teamed for 34 points, including six three-point baskets, but it wasn’t enough to get by the Monroe Central Seminoles, who won, 73-53, Feb. 1 at the HammerDome.

Mark Winters dropped in eight points and pulled down eight boards, while Zach Wilhoite netted four markers off the bench. Jayson Keller sank three charity tosses, while Nick Blatt and Stephen Rogalski each contributed a deuce.

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The Blue Eagles were outscored 34-26 in the second half against the Brooke Bruins Feb. 4 and came home with a disappointing 60-55 loss.

Keller led Magnolia with 16 markers, including four three-point baskets, while Winters and Sapp added 14 and 11 points, respectively. Moore drilled two triples and a deuce for the Eagles, while Wilhoite and Blatt netted four and two points, respectively.

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The Blue Eagles celebrated Senior Nite in style Feb. 5 with an 89-42 victory over Oak Glen.

Seniors Justin “Tree” Wade, Kyle Anderson, and Leif Lallathin each started alongside Sapp and Moore,totaling 56 of the Eagles’ 89 markers. Sapp led the way with 20 points, including all five shots from beyond the arch. Anderson netted 14 points, including three of four from long range, while Moore added a dozen tallies, including two from downtown. Moore also swatted away three Golden Bear shots while Wade totaled eight markers and hauled in eight boards. Lallathlin chipped in with a deuce.

All 12 players scored, including Winters with 13 points; Wilhoite with six; Blatt with five; Keller with three points; and Bentley Knight, Mike Winters, and Stephen Rogalski each added a deuce.

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In the junior varsity contest with Oak Glen, the trio of Wade, Wilhoite, and Mike Winters each tallied 10 points.

The boys’ last home game is against Weir on Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. and, after the OVAC tournament, they will finish the regular season on the road against Parkersburg South on Feb. 26, with the junior varsity tip-off scheduled for 5:45 p.m.

Hometown Invitational

The Paden City Wildcats dropped their opener in the Hometown Invitational Basketball Tournament to top seed East Hardy, 59-26, Feb. 1 at East Hardy High School.

The ‘Cats’ Zach Yost led all scorers with 17 points in the losing effort.

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Hundred vs East Hardy

For three-and-a-half quarters, Hundred and East Hardy went back and forth before the bigger and taller East Hardy players wore the Hornets down, scoring a 63-49 victory in the second round of the WVNIT Feb. 5 at East Hardy High School.

The Hornets trailed by one after one period of play, and, after gaining the lead, East Hardy came back to take a two-point lead at the break, 27-25. However, the Hornets fought back and took the lead only to see Hardy come back and extend its lead by four markers heading into the fourth period.

After taking another lead midway through the fourth, East Hardy took control and outscored Hundred 24-14 to gain the nod.

“East Hardy is a very big and athletic team, but give our boys credit,” said Hornet Head Coach Justin Balwanz. “They competed the whole game and for only the last couple minutes it could have gone either way.”

Dalton Kuhn paced Hundred with 20 points, while Tyrell Watson added a double-double, scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 off the glass. Shane Kuhn netted a dozen markers, while Brady Koontz chipped in with four points and six rebounds.

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In the consolation bracket, Paden City lost, 49-47, to Harman and Valley beat Union Grant, 67-23 in the Hometown Invitational Boys Basketball Tournament.

Paden City 47, Harman 49

Paden City jumped out on top of Harman 17-9 after one period of play and led throughout until the fourth when Harman scratched out an 11-5 run to gain the nod, 49-47, at Harman High School Feb. 4.

Zach Yost led all scorers with 26 points, including a pair of baskets from beyond the arch, while grabbing 10 rebounds for a double-double. Taylor Still followed up with nine points for the ‘Cats, while Jamie Billiter and Geoffrey Bidwell each netted four tallies. Trey Leonard and Drew Bidwell each added a deuce.

The Wildcats went to the charity stripe 12 times making nine, while Harman made 11-20 free throw opportunities.

Valley vs Tygarts Valley

The Valley Lumberjacks held the Tygarts Valley Bulldogs to five points in the third period, but couldn’t overcome an 18-8 burst by the ‘Dogs to drop, 65-52, in the opener of the inaugural Hometown Invitational, Feb. 1 at VHS gymnasium.

Alex “Hondo” Henderson kept the ‘Jacks in the game, netting 17 points that included four triples, while Garrett Ueltschy and Ronald Morris added 12 and 10 points, respectively. Jeremiah Burch followed with five points, including a threeball, while Davie Sivert came off the bench to net four points and was a force on the boards. Also coming off the bench was Cameron Price, who hit his only attempt from long range, while Kody Jenkins sank a charity toss and dished off a game-high seven assists.

Valley 67, Union Grant 23

All 13 players who dressed scored for Valley in a 67-23 victory over Union Grant in the consolation game of the Hometown Invitational at Union High School, Feb. 4.

The Lumberjacks raced out to a 20-3 run to open the game, and outshot their hosts 34-7 in the second half to gain the victory. Garrett Ueltschy and Ronald Morris paced the ‘Jacks with 10 points each, while Cameron Price and Brady Nolan came off the bench to pocket eight and seven points, respectively.

Jeremiah Burch and Alex Henderson each netted six markers, while Hunter Ring and Scotty Anderson each contributed four points. Drew Wade, Davie Sivert, Kody Jenkins, and Cody Bates each scored three points, while Daniel Brewer netted a deuce.