JACKSON, Ohio — Closing the deal.
An 11-0 run by the River Valley boys basketball team to start the fourth quarter sealed Jackson’s fate and gave the Raiders the 65-49 victory, Tuesday night in the Apple City.
The Ironmen (0-4) rallied to a 16-13 lead in first quarter never trailing in the period. River Valley (3-4) answered with a 19-to-8 second quarter and took the 32-24 lead into the break.
Following the break RVHS expanded its lead to double digits and took the 43-33 lead into the finale. The Silver and Black scored the first 11 points of the fourth quarter and cruised to the 65-49 victory.
John Qualls led the Raiders with 23 points, followed by Tyler Twyman with 20. Dayton Hardway marked eight points, Kirk Morrow had five, followed by Tre Craycraft with three. Bailey Rose, Austin Neekamp and Justin Rusk each finished with two points in the triumph.
RVHS was 26-of-57 (55.3 percent) from the field including 6-of-12 (50 percent) from behind the arc. The Raiders were 7-of-11 (63.6 percent) from the free throw line, while pulling down 26 rebounds, led by Seann Roberts with six. RVHS had 12 assists, led by Rusk with four, and 11 steals, led by Qualls with four, while committing 13 turnovers and 18 fouls.
Jackson was led by Tyler Neal with 17 points, followed by Jordan Helman with nine. Casey Walker and Jake Crabtree each had six points, Austin Leach and Josh Spires each marked four points, while Chandler Jenkins rounded out the JHS scoring with three points.
Jackson shot 19-of-50 (38 percent) from the field including 6-of-18 (33.3 percent) from beyond the arc. The Red and White were 5-of-12 (41.7 percent) from the free throw line and pulled down 31 rebounds, led by Crabtree with 8. Tyler Neal led Jackson with four of the team’s 12 assists, while JHS had four steals, 18 turnovers and 14 fouls.
The RVHS win snaps a two-game skid.