BIDWELL, Ohio — Top of the league for a reason.
The River Valley boys basketball team hosted Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division leader Vinton County on Friday night in Bidwell, and the Silver and Black fell to the Vikings by a 68-50 final.
The Vikings (15-4, 8-2 TVC Ohio) charged out to a 20-7 lead by the conclusion of the opening period, but River Valley (4-16, 1-10) outscored the Maroon and Silver 19-to-11 in the second quarter, cutting the margin to five points, 31-26, by halftime.
VCHS came out of the break with a 20-to-10 spurt, that pushed the lead to 51-36 headed into the finale. The Vikings outscored the Raiders by a 17-to-14 clip over the final eight minutes to seal the 68-50 victory.
RVHS seniors Tyler Twyman and Kirk Morrow led the Raiders with 13 and 12 points respectively, while Jarrett McCarley scored 11 and Jacob Dovenbarger added nine. Hollis Morrison and Mark Wray rounded out the River Valley scoring with three and two points respectively.
The Raiders sank 8-of-12 free throw attempts, equaling 66.7 percent.
Jake Speakman led Vinton County with 17 points, followed by Tristan Bartoe with 15 and Jordan Albright with 11. Chase Wood scored 10 points, Bo McIntire added six, while Naylen Yates chipped in with five. Austin Ward and Tyler Barnett capped off the VCHS scoring with two points apiece in the win.
The Vikings shot 9-of-13 from the charity stripe, equaling 69.2 percent.
VCHS also topped the Raiders on January 15, by an 83-56 count in McArthur. RVHS returns to action on Tuesday when the Silver and Black invade Wellston. The Raiders defeated the Rockets on 66-58 tally on February 3, in Bidwell.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.