Marysville’s upset of Tri-Valley headlines Eastern District hoops


Eastern District Boys Basketball
Eastern District boy’s basketball tournament action got underway
Wednesday night after games were cancelled due to inclement weather on

Some teams surprised why others were either disappointed or just plain disappointing.

The Inter Valley Conference and Pioneer Valley Conference performed well, while the Buckeye 8 came up empty.

Eastern District boy’s basketball tournament action got underway Wednesday night after games were cancelled due to inclement weather on Tuesday.

Some teams surprised why others were either disappointed or just plain disappointing.

The Inter Valley Conference and Pioneer Valley Conference performed well, while the Buckeye 8 came up empty.

Shocking or was it?

Division I

The Tri-Valley Scotties came into tournament play with an astounding (19-1) record, but after a trip to Centerburg High School for a Division I sectional game the Black and Gold left (19-2). Coach Tim Shumaker’s crew were upset by Marysville (7-14), 54-49.

Senior Aaron Shumaker ended his fine career with 16 points, but the Monarchs held his inside mate Adam Bice to just four markers (Bice was battling illness). The Scotties shot just 2-of-12 from the three-point line and additionally had no answer for Kyle Goins (23 points including 13 in the fourth).

Braden Short added 15 points and Ian Quick netted 12 tallies for Marysville.

What happened? The Muskingum Valley League is a predominantly Division II league, which is a far cry from the rigors of Division I competition on a nightly basis. Tri-Valley played one Division I school the whole season, and it was a 51-50 win over Reynoldsburg. The win looked great, but the Purple Raiders were upset by Mount Vernon last night. This isn’t a knock on Tri-Valley, because let us be honest the Scotties are Division II team that caught a bad break and ended up in Division I by less than a handful of boys.

Tri-Valley picked a poor time to play one of its worst games, and Marysville was a team that played better competition and was primed to pull an upset. Regardless, it was another fine year for the Scotties.

A rough night for the Buckeye 8

Division III

Union Local, Bellaire, Buckeye Local, and Edison found life outside of the Buckeye 8 rather rude.

The Union Local Jets ended a somewhat disappointing (11-10) campaign last night at the hands of an upstart Monroe Central squad playing without floor general Ethan Rose.

The Jets downfall in the Division III tournament Wednesday was the issue that plagued them all year in lack of depth and poor outside shooting against a 1-2-2 zone.

Union Local finished the game just 6-of-34 from behind the three-point line and only 18-of-60 from the field. Give Monroe credit as they were well prepared for the athletic Jets.

Monroe owned the boards holding a 33-24 edge. Junior Mikey Habig was a force all night scoring 19 points and snaring a game-high 12 rebounds. Senior Ryan Highman was also effective with eight points and six boards. Throw in the stellar shooting of junior Ryan Kuhn who scored 15 points including three big treys in the first half and the overall fine play of junior Kyle Jorris (19). The latter made the play that typified the night at the end of the first half. Jorris hit a running one-foot, double clutch bank shot from just beyond half court with a hand in his face to give Monroe a 36-22 advantage at the intermission. When those shots are dropping it usually makes for a long night for the opponent.

The Jets were led in defeat by junior Joby Barr with 24 points and 10 rebounds and junior Jordan Barbina who notched 11 points to give him exactly 1,000 for his career. Both were hurt by the inability of anybody in the Jet lineup to consistently knock down three-point shots to open up the lane. Barbina and Barr were both hit with charging violations throughout the course of the game. Only four Jet players cracked the scoring column for the night.

The Noles will advance to play Fort Frye in next Thursday’s sectional co-final at Meadowbrook High School.

The Bellaire Big Reds traveled to Claymont High School Wednesday night in hopes of earning a Division III sectional win over a tough luck Ridgewood General squad. However, the Big Reds found out the Generals may have been a little better than their (5-15) record.

Ridgewood throttled the Big Reds 63-43 holding an edge at the end of all four quarters. The Generals were led by Jared Kreitzer’s 26-point and 10-rebound effort along with Eric Pitcher’s 10 points and seven caroms. Ryan Gress added nine points and seven rebounds, while Kyle Bradford tossed in eight points.

Ridgewood only committed six turnovers for the game, and out boarded the Reds (43-31).

Sophomore Levi Crozier led Bellaire with 18 points and junior Anthony Hocker tallied 13 markers.

Ridgewood (6-15) with the victory will advance to next Thursday’s sectional co-final against tonight’s Garaway/Newcomerstown winner.

Division II

The Carrollton Warriors continued to stay hot with a 73-68 upset of Edison on Wednesday night. The question remains, was it an upset?

Carrollton played very good competition all year in the Northeastern Buckeye League and it showed last night in Steubenville. It wouldn’t be all that shocking to witness them upset New Philadelphia on Saturday night. The Warriors dropped a heartbreaking 88-85 overtime loss to the Quakers a few weeks back.

Last night Pierce Oaks led Carrollton with 23 points, while ace Hunter Borland dropped 20 markers including six treys. Derek Dowell added support with 11 points.

Carrollton used a 13-0 spurt in the third stanza to take control of the game, and never looked back in knocking off the Wildcats.

Bryson Anderson led Edison with 21 points, while Cale McCoy notched 17 lightings, Cory Wickham pumped in 14 markers, and T.J. Mack added 10 tallies.

The two teams combine for 18 three-point field goals with Carrollton hitting on 11 of those.

For Carrollton, the ride moves on and with every good basketball story there has to be an end to somebody’s season. The Edison Wildcats endured a trying year with many ups and downs, but this team will always be remembered by the Edison school district for its grits and guts.

Steubenville Big Red handled Buckeye Local to put it mildly by the count of 65-36. DeTroy Smith led the way for Big Red (11-10) with 16 points, while DeMichael Johnson tallied 11 and Dwight Macon added 10 markers.

Sophomore stud Joe Rine led the Panthers (4-17) with eight points.

The Big Red advances to play Indian Creek Saturday night at the Arena.

What happened?

The Buckeye 8 was (0-4) last night with losses coming to teams with a combine record of (27-53). Take away Steubenville’s record in the other three teams were a collective (16-43). Granted those weren’t some of the Buckeye’s finest (excluding Edison), but Monroe finished low in the PVC, Ridgewood was low in the IVC, Carrollton was near the basement in the NBC, and Steubenville is the great mystery.

The Buckeye 8 has four more chances coming up with St.Clairsville locking horns with Barnesville, Martins Ferry meeting Indian Valley, Indian Creek squaring off against Steubenville, and Harrison Central playing East Liverpool. What will those four teams do? It may be a short tournament party for this conference.

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