LONDONDERRY, Ohio — The River Valley boys basketball team dropped its fifth straight decision Saturday night following a 68-44 setback to host Southeastern in a non-conference matchup in Ross County.
The visiting Raiders (2-10) kept pace for most of the first half, as the Panthers (7-4) jumped out to a small 13-11 edge after eight minutes of play. Both teams scored six points apiece for a 19-17 contest midway through the second canto, but SEHS closed the half with a 14-0 surge to secure a 33-17 advantage at the intermission.
RVHS never came within single digits the rest of the way, as the hosts used a small 14-13 third quarter spurt to secure a 47-30 edge headed into the finale. Southeastern closed regulation with a 21-14 run to wrap up the 24-point triumph.
The Raiders connected on 18-of-47 field goal attempts for 38 percent, including a 3-of-9 effort from three-point territory for 33 percent. The guests were outrebounded 29-28 overall and also committed 22 turnovers in the setback, compared to just three giveaways by the Panthers.
Ethan Dovenbarger led RVHS with 11 points, followed by Joseph Loyd with 10 markers. Tyler Twyman and Seann Roberts both had six points apiece, while Burnie Stanley chipped in four markers.
Justin Rusk contributed three points in the setback, while Jacob Gilmore and Kyle Bays rounded out the scoring with two markers each. The Raiders were 5-of-13 at the free throw line for 38 percent.
Southeastern sank 26-of-50 field goal tries for 52 percent, including a 3-of-10 effort from three-point range for 30 percent. The hosts were also 13-of-25 at the charity stripe for 52 percent.
Tyler Cartee and Jordan Allen each paced the Panthers with game-high efforts of 13 points, while Kannon Strausbaugh and Nick Kellough added nine markers apiece.