MARIETTA, Ohio — The Raiders’ five game skid has come to an end.
River Valley defeated Belpre 56-52 Friday night in the late game at the Ohio River Classic on the Campus of Marietta College. This is the Raiders first win since November 30th when they took the victory over Eastern in Tuppers Plains.
The Golden Eagles (3-5) took the early edge after out scoring RVHS (2-5) 18-to-12 in the opening stanza. The Raiders answered back in the second quarter with a 19-to-11 run that gave them the two-point halftime advantage.
Belpre out scored River Valley by one in the third period, cutting the Raiders lead to 40-39 headed into the finale. The Silver and Black finished strong, scoring 16 points in the fourth period. Belpre managed just 13 points in the final stanza and RVHS claimed the 56-52 win.
Tyler Twyman led the Raiders with 14 points, followed by Seann Roberts with 13. Burnie Stanley finished with 10 points, Joseph Loyd added nine, Ethan Dovenbarger had five and Justin Rusk contributed three. Jacob Gilmore rounded out the RVHS scoring with two points in the triumph.
River Valley’s rebounding effort was led by Roberts with eight, Dovenbarger with five and Stanley with four. Dovenbarger finished with a team-high five steals, while Rusk and Gilmore led the Raiders with three assists apiece. Loyd led RVHS with a trio of three-pointers in the game while Twyman and Rusk each made one.
River Valley held a 25-to-16 advantage in rebounding but BHS held a 17-to-15 tunover edge.The Raiders also grabbed a 36-to-34 advantage in points in the paint.
RVHS shot 23-of-45 (51.1 percent) from the field including a 5-of-9 (55.6 percent) effort from beyond the arc. The Silver and Black were 5-of-9 (55.6 percent) from the charity stripe in the contest. Belpre shot 20-of-43 (46.5 percent) from the field but just 1-of-12 (8.3 percent) from three-point range. The Golden Eagles made 11-of-15 (73.3 percent) of their free throw attempts in the game.
Nick Therriault led Belpre with 26 points on the night, followed by Dakota Hoffman with 13. Austin Forshey had five points, while Brennan Ferrell and Bryce Pittenger each finished with four.
This is the only regular season meeting between River Valley and the defending Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division champion Golden Eagles.