PEDRO, Ohio — A tale of two halves.
The River Valley boys basketball team out scored Ohio Valley Conference host Rock Hill 39-to-33 in the second half of Tuesday’s game in Lawrence County. The only problem for the Raiders was that they were out done 20-to-9 in the first half which led to the 53-48 Redmen victory.
RVHS (1-3, 0-1 OVC) struggled through the first eight minutes of the game, scoring just six points in the opening stanza. Rock Hill (1-2, 1-0) scored 14 in the first period and held the momentum.Just nine points were scored in the second canto and the Redmen held a 20-9 halftime advantage.
The offense picked up for both squads after the break, as each team poured in 19 points in the third quarter. River Valley pushed the pace in the finale scoring 20 points over the last eight minutes. RHHS scored 14 in the fourth and held on for the 53-48 victory in the OVC opener.
Tyler Twyman led the Raiders with 18 points on 6-of-13 shooting including four three-pointers. Seann Roberts chipped in with 12 points on four field goals and four free throws. Burnie Stanley had six points, Jacob Gilmore notched five, Joseph Loyd has four and Kyle Bays finished with three points to round out the RVHS scoring.
Roberts led RVHS with seven rebounds on the night, while Stanley had five. Loyd finished with a team-high four assists and a game-high five steals.
The Redmen had three players reach double figures led by Evan Morris with 19 on 9-of-10 shooting. Austin Collins had 10 points, Shane Harper had eight, Joey Stidham had eight and Layden Delawder had six. Aaron Dalton and Jacob Falls each had two points to round out the RHHS scoring. Collins led Rock Hill with 13 rebounds and 4 assists.
The Raiders shot 15-of-51 (29.4 percent) from the field, 5-of-21 (23.8 percent) from three point range and 13-of-24 (52 pecent) from the free throw line. Rock Hill shot 22-of-43 (51.2 percent) from the field, 0-of-5 from beyond the arc and 9-of-18 (50 percent) from the free throw line.
Both River Valley and Rock Hill committed 16 turnovers while the Redmen held a 26-to-23 rebounding advantage. The Raiders we charged with 21 fouls while Rock Hill was charged with 20.
River Valley has now dropped three consecutive contests.
The Raiders will have their chance to avenge Tuesday night’s loss on January 22nd when the Redmen visit Bidwell.