BIDWELL, Ohio —Visiting Nelsonville-York led wire-to-wire and had nine different players reach the scoring column Tuesday night following a 77-41 victory over the River Valley boys basketball team in a non-conference matchup in Gallia County.
The Raiders (2-11) trailed 10-4 a little over three minutes into regulation, but Tyler Twyman drilled a trifecta at the 3:59 mark of the opening period to get the hosts to within a possession at 10-7. RVHS, however, never came closer the rest of the way, as the Buckeyes (9-4) closed the final 3:45 with a 6-2 spurt for a 16-9 edge after eight minutes of play.
Ethan Dovenbarger sank a pair of free throws at the 6:56 mark of the second to get the hosts to within 16-11, but NYHS countered with a 10-0 run over the next three-plus minutes for a 26-11 lead with 3:39 left in the half.
Burnie Stanley converted a layup 10 seconds later to snap a 3:26 scoreless drought and pulled RVHS to within 26-13, but Nelsonville-York closed the second quarter with a 9-3 charge to secure a sizable 35-16 lead at the break.
The Raiders started the second half with a free throw to cut the deficit down to 18 points (35-17) with 7:41 remaining, but ultimately never came closer the rest of the way. NYHS made an 18-10 run to claim its biggest lead of the third quarter at 53-27 with 1:13 left, but the hosts closed the canto with a 5-1 spurt for a 54-32 contest headed into the finale.
Nick Spoutz twice hit trifectas for the Buckeyes in the fourth period, and each resulted in the guests’ largest lead of the night. Spoutz hit his first three-pointer with two minutes left for a 72-36 edge, then drained another bomb with seven seconds remaining to complete the 77-41 outcome.
The Raiders — who have now dropped a season-worst six straight decisions — had just six players reach the scoring column, led by Ethan Dovenbarger with 13 points. Joseph Loyd, Burnie Stanley, Tyler Twyman and Seann Roberts each chipped in six markers, while Kyle Bays rounded out the scoring with four points. The hosts were 11-of-21 at the free throw line for 52 percent.
Emmitt Reed paced Nelsonville-York with a game-high 19 points, followed by Jay Elliott with 16 points and Colt Adams with 10 markers. The Buckeyes — winners of two straight decisions — sank 13-of-22 charity tosses for 59 percent.