ALBANY, Ohio — A slow start led to a bad finish at The Alley.
Host Alexander opened the game with a 15-8 surge and never looked back following a 60-36 victory over the River Valley boys basketball team Tuesday night in a non-conference matchup in Athens County.
The Raiders (1-1) shot just 32 percent from the field and committed 23 turnovers in the setback, as the guests managed single-digits outputs in each of the first three quarters before producing a game-high 12 points in the finale.
The Spartans (2-0), conversely, scored at least 13 points in each of the four periods of play and shot a blistering 55 percent from the floor en route to the 24-point triumph. The hosts also committed 17 turnovers.
Alexander turned its seven-point first quarter edge into a 30-17 lead at the break thanks to a 15-9 run in the second canto. AHS followed with a 13-7 spurt in the third canto for a 43-24 advantage, then closed regulation with a 17-12 spurt to remain unbeaten on the season.
RVHS connected on 10-of-31 field goal attempts for 32.3 percent, including a 2-of-9 effort from three-point range for 22.2 percent. The guests — who were outrebounded 20-17 — also sank 14-of-19 free throw attempts for 73.7 percent.
Tyler Twyman led River Valley with 13 points, followed by Bailey Rhodes and Seann Roberts with six markers apiece. John Qualls was next with five points, Jordan Howell chipped in four points and Dayton Hardway rounded things out with two markers.
The Spartans made 21-of-38 floor attempts for 55.3 percent, including a 7-of-10 effort from three-point range for 70 percent. The hosts were also 11-of-23 at the charity stripe for 47.8 percent.
Jordan Moseley led Alexander and all scorers with 16 points, followed closely by Mason Chapman with 15 markers. Kyle Howard and Chris Wingett also added eight and seven points, respectively, to the winning cause.