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Walnut Ridge escapes hot-shooting, scrappy Tri-Valley in tournament action on HIGH SCHOOL BOUNCE sponsored by SWIFT TAX SERVICES

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Before the Boys High School Division I tournament started, everybody saw that Dresden Tri-Valley had drawn the Grove City Greyhounds in the first round at Lakewood High School in Hebron, Ohio. All of the so-called experts around the central Ohio area said that the Scotties would not have a chance.

But the Scotties are a decent team from a very prestigious conference, the Muskingum Valley League which has New Concord John Glenn Muskies, Thornville Sheridan Generals, Crooksville Ceramics, Maysville Panthers, Morgan Raiders, New Lexington Panthers, West Muskingum Tornadoes and the Philo Electrics. John Glenn and Thornville were this year’s co-Champs with 14-2 records respectively.

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Tri-Valley is from the East District, Muskingum County and is a AAA school from Dresden, a town of 1,423 people along the Muskingum River.

The Boys basketball team won Ohio championships back in 1963 and 1963.

Tri-Valley is known for their boys soccer. The team holds the MVL record for 10 straight titles from 2000-2009.

Tri-Valley beat Grove City, ran them off the court, 69-49. They never trailed in the game. The win was the first in 3 tournament tries under head coach Todd McLoughlin.

The Scotties can shoot 3′s and hit four in the first quarter.Their defense allowed them to control the Greyhounds.

So the next game matched up Tri-Valley, a scrappy, team with good shooters, against the taller, athletic, deep-bench Walnut Ridge of the Columbus City League South Division. The game was played at the new two-year-old Hamilton Township High School which is in the Obetz section of Columbus.

The Scotties got off to a good start in this game with their hot-shooting from 3-point land, opening up a 14-2 lead at the end of the first quarter, that saw them scored four 3-point goals and Bryan Schley scoring nine points. The Scots could not get untracked, committing three turnovers and could not cover the perimeter players of Tri-Valley.

The game of basketball is a game of runs and adjustments. Eventhough, the Scotties pushed the lead out to 17-4 early in the second quarter, Walnut Ridge start to make their run with some key substitutions. Roy Alexander and Fred Hardgrove started to heat up with their outside shooting and they were able to put taller players on the perimeter to limit the 3-point opportunities of the Scotties. The halftime scored was 23-22 Tri-Valley.

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In the second quarter, Alexander had six points, Hardgrove tallied six. Brian Schley scored on two 3-point goals but his brother Matt had trouble getting off a shot and had no points.

The third quarter was dominated by the Scots who were led by the defense and scoring of Isaiah Brooks with six points and causing the guards of Tri-Valley to commit four turnovers. Bryan Schley would score five more points and end with 20 points. That was a key because he would not score in the next three quarters. The Scots led 32-29 after 3 quarters of play.

The fourth quarter of play would end up being the strangest of all. The Scotties started to get the ball inside against the Scots athletic and wiry defense. Tri-Valley opened up a 45-39 lead with 52.3 seconds left. This is point in the quarter where it became strange but Walnut Ridge was aided in its comeback attempt.

There had been some chippiness amongst the players all game long. Scotties coach McLoughlin had been barking at the referees all game and with 36.3 seconds left, enough was enough. The demonstrative Scotties’ coach was hit with a double technical. This was where the Scots started their comeback.

Hardgrove scored both free throws to make it 45-41 Scotties. Brooks stepped to the line and drained two free throws to cut the deficit to 45-43 and now the Scots had the ball with the clock still stopped at 36.3 and possession of the ball.

Walnut Ridge missed a chance at the tie and had to foul to keep their hopes alive. They chose Matt Schley who had trouble shooting all day, but is a good free throw shooter. He missed both free throws at 24.9 seconds. The Scots come down and score to tie the game at 45-45.

But the game gets weird again. With 11.4 seconds remaining, Tri-Valley called a timeout to set up the last shot which could win the game. While the two teams were going to their respective benches, Dwayne Bazemore slightly bumped Bryan Schley who fell hard to the floor. One of the refs saw the contact and called a technical foul for unsportsmanship on Bazemore. The Walnut Ridge bench did not like this and voiced their displeasure with the refs. So did the many fans of the Scots who had seen several phantom calls by the refs all game on the Scots everytime a Tri-Valley player flopped on the floor. The police at the game had to try and calm down some fans.

After the timeout, everybody in the gym felt that Bryan Schley would end the game with two gift free throws because he was the best shooter on the floor. He went to the line and surprisingly, missed both free throws. The scramble for the ball went to the Scotties but they could not get off a good shot so the game went into it’s first overtime session at 45-45.

The strange happenings moved into overtime.

In high school basketball, there is a 4:00 overtime period. Walnut Ridge won the tip and head coach Jason Bates decided he was not going to give the Scotties a chance to upset his team. He told his team to just spread the floor into a four-corners offense, where his guards would dribble only if the defender gets near close enough to start the 5-second count. The Scots held the ball for 2:45 of the first overtime and called a timeout with 1:15 to go. Then they held the ball again for another :67 seconds and called another timeout with 8.3 seconds left.

The Scots could not score and a second overtime was in order to settle the 45-45 tie.

Walnut Ridge decided it was time to put this game into the history books. In the second overtime, the Scots used their height advantage and depth to take over and continually got to the free throw line. Alexander and Hardgrove combined for 11 of the 13 quarter points to make the final score 58-48.

The Scots moved on in the tournament with a 17-4 record, while Tri-Valley ended a decent season at 13-9.

Walnut Ridge once again had balanced scoring: Hardgrove with 16 points, Brooks scored 13, Alexander had 10 and Austin Traylor finished with 8.

The Scotties were led by Bryan Schley with 20, Michael McConnell chipped in with 13 and Max Kilgore with 11. What hurt Tri-Valley in this game is that their other top scorers, Matt Schley and Casey Williams were held to 4 points combined; they could not get past the taller guards of Walnut Ridge to take shots.

The Player of the Game were Brian Schley of Tri-Valley and Roy Alexander of Walnut Ridge.

SWIFT TAX SERVICES/ High School Bounce: Columbus Academy overpowers Hebron Lakewood in Mid-State League action

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(file photo) broadcasted its second high school basketball game of the season Saturday night as Hebron Lakewood was taking on Columbus Academy in Gahanna, Ohio.

The two schools, members of the Mid-State League Ohio Division, which also includes: Bexley, Granville, Heath, Licking Valley, Newark Catholic and Whitehall.

The Lancers of Lakewood came into the game having a miserable season at 0-9 overall, 0-5 in the league.

The Columbus Academy Vikings hit the hardwood with a 6-3 record, 2-2 in the league.

From the outset of the game, Academy dominated all aspects in route to a 66-50 win.

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Academy jumped out quickly at 11-0 when Lakewood took a timeout at 4:36 of the first quarter. The quarter finally ended with the Vikings up 19-7, forcing the Lancers into 10 turnovers in the first quarter using a full court press mixed in with various zone defenses.

Getting off to a bad start was not the only bad omen for the Lancers, their top player Ross Watts, got into early foul trouble and never scored a point and only took two shots the entire game.

Columbus Academy cruised from their, leading 32-17 at the half, 58-33 at the end the three and the final of 66-50.

The Vikings defensively forced 19 turnovers and only committed 10 themselves. They clearly had a height advantage and played at a quicker pace which affected the smaller Lancers.

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Academy had balanced scoring in the victory.

Daniel Aronowitz scored 15 points to lead the way. Zach Ratcliff, who was the Player of the Game for Academy had 14 points. Austin Peterman added 11 and Tim Eldridge chipped in with 10.

The Lakewood Lancers were led by reserve forward/center Joe Cramer, who was selected as their Player of the Game. Brandon Haggerty added 13 and Austen Morgan scored 12.


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* Hebron, Ohio is located in Licking County.

* The Lancers are 0-10 overall, 0-6 in the MSL Ohio.

* The Lancers have lost to Whitehall, Watkins Memorial, Granville, Newark Catholic, Sheridan, Licking Heights, Utica, Heath, Bexley and now to Columbus Academy.

* This week, they’ll play At Johnstown, Licking Valley and At Whitehall.


* The Vikings have beaten: Wellington, Ready, Newark Catholic, Northridge, Granville, Licking Valley and now Lakewood.

* The Vikings have lost to Heath 59-56, Whitehall 61-55 and Worthington Christian 54-47.

* The Vikings are 7-3, 3-2 in the MSL Ohio.

*This week Academy plays At Johnstown, Licking Valley and At Whitehall.