Raiders stung at Coal Grove, 76-52

Bryan Walters

December 30, 2013

COAL GROVE, Ohio — The River Valley boys basketball team fell to 3-7 overall this season following a 76-52 non-conference setback to host Coal Grove Friday night in a semifinal round of the 2013 Dr. Paulus Tournament held in Lawrence County.

The visiting Raiders never led in the contest, as the Hornets (4-2) won each of the four quarters by a minimum of five points. CGHS led 19-12 after eight minutes of play, then used a 19-13 second quarter surge to secure a 38-25 cushion at the intermission.

Coal Grove kept that momentum going in the second half, as the hosts went on a 17-12 run to claim a 55-37 lead headed into the finale. CGHS closed regulation with a 21-15 run to wrap up the 24-point triumph.

Tyler Twyman led RVHS with a game-high 23 points, followed by John Qualls and Seann Roberts with eight markers apiece. Dayton Hardway also chipped in six points to the losing effort.

Bailey Rhodes and Justin Rusk respectively rounded out the scoring with three and two points. River Valley was 11-of-14 at the free throw line for 79 percent.

Brandon Adkins paced the Hornets with 15 points, earning game MVP honors with the effort. Sean Paulus was next with 13 points, while D.J. Miller and Joe Akers respectively chipped in 12 and 11 markers.

Isaiah Gunther and Austen Pleasants also had nine points apiece for the victors, who were 9-of-14 at the charity stripe for 64 percent.