Glenn battled through a low-scoring, less-than-memorable first half,
with the Scotties holding a 14-10 lead, the veteran visitors started
clicking in the second half and pulled away for a 44-22 victory on
The win capped a sparkling 19-1 regular season for Tri-Valley,
which finished at 14-1 in the MVL.
NEW CONCORD — Tri-Valley coach Tim Schumacher called it a “slugfest”.
For John Glenn coach Greg Woodard, it was an offensive performance he’d probably just as soon forget.
After Muskingum Valley League champion Tri-Valley and host John Glenn battled through a low-scoring, less-than-memorable first half, with the Scotties holding a 14-10 lead, the veteran visitors started clicking in the second half and pulled away for a 44-22 victory on Friday.
The win capped a sparkling 19-1 regular season for Tri-Valley, which finished at 14-1 in MVL action with the lone setback against Morgan by one point.
Although victorious, Tri-Valley’s Schumacher felt the game was a great prelude to the upcoming tournament for his once-beaten squad.
“That was a slugfest,” said Schumacher. “They’re a strong team and we approached this game like it was the first night of the tournament. We wanted to get focused and ready for the physicality we’ll face in Columbus.”
After scoring just 14 points in 16 minutes, Tri-Valley scored eight in the first four minutes of the third period to extend its lead to 10 (22-12), en route to a 28-17 lead heading to the final frame and then a 10-0 spurt to open the fourth — including a couple off easy hoops off of John Glenn turnovers — extended the lead to 38-17 and turned out the lights on the Muskies.
“We took good shots…shots we normally make…but they didn’t fall in the first half,” Tri-Valley’s Schumacher related. “I thought we played well defensively and we got some transition scores off our defense. In a game like that, that type of points are big.”
Senior Aaron Schumacher led Tri-Valley with 11 points and six rebounds while frontcourt mate Adam Bice collected 10 tallies, seven caroms and four blocked shots.
The Scotties warmed to 17-of-40 from the field (42.5 percent); had 24 rebounds and a dozen turnovers.
For John Glenn (9-11, 8-8 MVL), the lid never came off the bucket as the hosts finished 9-of-34 from the field (26.5 percent), 2-of-10 on three-pointers(20 percent) and 2-of-11 at the free throw line (18.2 percent).
Junior Haven Holdcroft scored seven points and had five rebounds for the Muskies; junior Josh Fraunfelter had six points; and junior Charlie Karling had five boards.
JG was charted with 28 rebounds and 17 turnovers.
“Physically, they’re so much bigger and stronger,” said John Glenn’s Woodard. “They defend well. Any time you beat somebody off the dribble, they rotate a 6-5 guy at you.
“Once we got behind,” the Muskies’ coach continued, “we had to gamble and a veteran team will take advantage of you when you do that.
“Defensively, we played well enough to win,” Woodard concluded, “but we just shot it poorly tonight.”
The first half featured more dry spells than the Arizona desert in July.
Tri-Valley scored the game’s first seven points — five by Schumacher — before John Glenn finally broke through at the 4:30 mark of the opening quarter.
The Muskies then closed the round on a 7-0 run to even the score by quarter’s end.
The Scotties got two free throws from Josh Butler at the 6:56 mark of round two — the only points for either side until a steal and layup by Jonathan Newsom with 2:33 left in the half gave T-V an 11-7 lead.
JG’s only points of the period came on a three-pointer by Fraunfelter at the 1:35 juncture, cutting the gap to 11-10 before three free throws in the final minute gave Tri-Valley a (yawn)14-10 halftime lead.
The teams combined for a paltry eight goals in 37 attempts (21.8 percent), with Schumacher scoring seven for T-V and Fraunfelter tallying six for JG.
John Glenn battles Morgan in the Division II Sectional Tournament at Coshocton on Tuesday at 8 p.m. Tri-Valley faces Marysville in the Division I Sectional at Centerburg on Wednesday at 8 p.m