TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — Despite a 33 point effort form Eastern’s Max Carnahan, River Valley’s all around team game gave the Raiders a 65-58 victory in the season opener at “The Eagles Nest”.
After battling to a 6-6 stalemate through the first five minutes of the game River Valley (1-0) closed the opening canto out with a 6-3 run.
The Raiders opened the second period with a three minute 7-0 run that gave them a 10 point advantage. The Eagles (0-1) answered back with a 13-8 run to end the half and cut the RVHS lead to three points.
River Valley stretched it’s lead out to 10 points to start the second half but Eastern managed to cut the lead back to six points heading into the finale.
The Raiders held their largest lead of the game at the 4:30 mark of the with a 55-43 advantage. Eastern clawed its way back, out scoring RVHS 14-7 over the final 3:30 of the game but it was not enough as River Valley earned the 65-58 victory.
Ethan Dovenbarger led RVHS with 15 points, followed by Jacob Gilmore with 13, Seann Roberts with 12 and Joseph Loyd with 11. Burnie Stanley finished with eight points, Jonathan Qualls notched four points and Kyle Bays finished with two points to round out the RVHS scoring.
Carnahan led the EHS offense with 33 points, followed by Troy Gantt with nine. Greyson Wolfe finished with five points, Andrew Stobart notched four, Chase Jenkins tallied three and Zakk Heaton finished with two points for EHS.
The Raiders out rebounded Eastern 37-30 in the triumph and held a 27-23 advantage in field goals made. Each team shot 15 free throws, RVHS cashed in on nine attempts while the Eagles were successful eight times from the line.