BIDWELL, Ohio — So much for gracious guests.
Visiting Alexander spoiled the home opener for the River Valley boys basketball team Tuesday night with a 46-42 decision in a non-conference matchup in Gallia County.
The host Raiders (1-1) shot a respectable 40 percent (18-of-45) from the field, but the Spartans (1-2) jumped out to a 13-6 first quarter advantage and ultimately never looked back en route to claiming their first triumph of the season.
RVHS outscored the guests by a small 11-10 margin in the second canto to pull within 23-17 at the intermission, but AHS countered with a 14-12 run in the third to take a 37-29 edge headed into the finale. River Valley made a 13-9 charge in the fourth, but eventually its comeback effort ran out of time in the four-point setback.
The Raiders — who netted 16-of-33 two-point field goals — made just 2-of-12 three-point attempts for 16 percent. The hosts outrebounded AHS by a 27-24 overall margin, and both teams had nine offensive rebounds and 13 turnovers in the contest.
Ethan Dovenbarger led RVHS with a game-high 20 points and nine rebounds, followed by Kyle Bays with eight points. Joseph Loyd and Jacob Gilmore both chipped in five points apiece, while Seann Roberts rounded things out with four markers. The hosts were 4-of-8 at the free throw line for 50 percent.
Alexander finished the night 16-of-39 from the field for 41 percent, including a 2-of-7 effort from three-point range for 28 percent. The guests were also 12-of-21 at the free throw line for 57 percent.
Chapman led the Spartans with 19 points, followed by Jones with 11 markers and Richardson with seven points.