BIDWELL, Ohio — A 58-36 charge over the final three quarters of play ultimately proved to be the difference-maker for visiting South Point Friday night during a 63-50 victory over the River Valley boys basketball team in an Ohio Valley Conference matchup in Gallia County.
The host Raiders (2-9, 0-5 OVC) stormed out to a 14-5 lead after eight minutes of play, but the Pointers (6-6, 1-3) countered with a pivotal 22-4 surge in the second canto to secure a 27-18 edge at the break.
RVHS never came closer than two possessions the rest of the way, as the guests made a small 25-24 run in the third canto for a 52-42 lead headed into the finale. SPHS closed regulation with an 11-8 spurt to wrap up the 13-point decision.
River Valley connected on 21-of-59 field goal attempts for 35 percent, including a 4-of-12 effort from three-point range for 33 percent. The hosts claimed a 32-31 overall edge on the boards and committed 13 turnovers in the setback, compared to only nine by the Pointers.
Ethan Dovenbarger led RVHS with 15 points, followed by Kyle Bays with 10 points and Seann Roberts with nine markers. Tyler Twyman was next with eight points, while Joseph Loyd chipped in six points. Burnie Stanley had two points to round out the scoring for RVHS, which was 4-of-8 at the free throw line for 50 percent.
South Point made 25-of-56 shot attempts for 44 percent, including a 5-of-17 effort from three-point territory for 29 percent. The guests were also 8-of-17 at the charity stripe for 47 percent.
John Johnson paced SPHS with a game-high 21 points, followed by Brandon Barnes with 14 points and Payne Meadows with 11 markers.