CHESAPEAKE, Ohio — A 17-4 third quarter run ultimately allowed host Chesapeake to pull away and secure a 51-36 victory over the River Valley boys basketball team Tuesday night in an Ohio Valley Conference matchup in Lawrence County.
The visiting Raiders (2-7, 0-4 OVC) kept pace with the Panthers (7-4, 3-1) for most of the first half, as CHS led 13-12 after eight minutes of play and 21-17 headed into the intermission.
Chesapeake, however, made its biggest surge of the night in the third canto, which allowed the hosts to run a two-possession lead into a comfortable 38-21 cushion headed into the finale. RVHS outscored Chesapeake 15-13 down the stretch, but the late rally attempt eventually ran out of time in the 15-point outcome.
The Raiders connected on 15-of-37 field goal attempts for 41 percent, including a 5-of-12 effort from three-point range for 42 percent. The guests committed 21 turnovers and were outrebounded 32-15, which included a 16-1 edge on the offensive glass.
Seann Roberts led RVHS with 15 points, followed by Joseph Loyd and Tyler Twyman with eight markers apiece. Jacob Gilmore and Ethan Dovenbarger respectively rounded out the scoring with three points and two markers. The Raiders also made the only free throw they attempted on the evening.
Chesapeake made 23-of-55 shot attempts for 42 percent, including a 4-of-20 effort from three-point territory for 20 percent. The hosts had nine turnovers and went 1-of-2 at the charity stripe for 50 percent.
Andrew Saunders paced the Panthers with a game-high 16 points, followed by Caleb Heffner with 12 points and Nick Duffield with nine markers.