Lumberjacks Cage Bulldogs, 49-46, in Win
The Valley Lumberjacks broke-open a close game heading into the fourth period for a 49-46 victory in a WVHIT match-up in Pine Grove Jan. 20.
Valley fell behind, 8-6, after one period of play, but went on a 23-9 second period run to grab a 29-17 lead at intermission.
However, the pesky Bulldogs came out of the locker room after intermission on fire, out-scoring their hosts, 20-6 to grab a 37-35 lead with eight minutes remaining in intermission.
But the Valley Lumberjacks would out-score their guests, 14-9, to get the hard-fought three point win in the Hometown Invitational Tournament.
The Lumberjacks had a pair of players earning double-doubles in the game to lead the red-hot Valley Lumberjacks. Alex Midcap paced the ‘Jacks with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Dylan Irvin contributed 13 points and grabbed a game-high 25 rebounds.
Levi Streets also added 13 markers, while Ethan Greathouse sank a three-ball. Peyton Bassett also tallied three points, while Tyler Kocher knocked down a deuce for all the Lumberjacks points.
After visiting county rival Hundred Monday, the Lumberjacks will stay on the road Jan. 27 and Feb. 3 in H.I.T. action.
Tygarts Valley, 67-50
Irvin Records Double-Double In Victory
Dylan Irvin posted a double-double, with 17 points and 25 rebounds, to lead the Valley Lumberjacks past Tygarts Valley, 67-50, in H.I.T. basketball action Jan. 16 in Lumberjack territory.
After a heart-breaking loss to Magnolia in the Boggs Pizza and Grill Roundball Classic, Valley’s head coach didn’t know what to expect from his kids, but the ‘Jacks didn’t waste any time in taking total control of the game, with a pair of baskets by Irvin and Levi Streets.
Tygarts Valley’s Caleb Riggleman tallied 11 of his game-high 29 points in the opening period, including three baskets from beyond the arc. However, Irvin and Streets countered with 13 markers to give the Black and Gold an 18-15 advantage after period one.
In period two, Streets topped the Tygarts Valley ace by one with a seven spot to give the home team a 33-26 advantage at the break.
Valley came out firing in the third period with Alex Midcap and Streets blazing hot from the field. Irvin was a force in the paint both offensively and defensively, extending the Valley lead to 49-38 with eight minutes remaining.
The Lumberjacks continued their aggressive style of ball against Tygarts Valley, increasing their lead to more than 20 points, while keeping the hot-shooting Rigglemen to only three free throws in the period, while Peyton Bassett led the ‘Jacks in scoring with six of his 13 points in the 17 point blowout.
“We needed this win,” said Valley Head Coach John Kocher. “We have lost several games during the season… The boys were focused, and we were able to rest a few of our starters to keep them fresh at the end.”
Irvin paced the Lumberjack scoring with 17 points, 25 rebounds, six blocks and dished out three assists, while Streets chipped in 16 markers, five rebounds, three steals and two assists, in an all-around nice game to lead Valley.
In addition, Midcap added 15 points, eight rebounds and one block shot, while Bassett contributed 13 points, four rebounds, two steals and passed out an assist. Tyler Kocher came off the bench to add six markers and seven rebounds, while stepping up the defense pressure for the Lumberjacks.