ALBANY, Ohio — A tough way to start the league schedule.
The River Valley boys basketball team was held to single digits in each of the four quarters of play Tuesday night during a 63-21 setback to host Alexander in a Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division matchup in Athens County.
The visiting Raiders (1-4, 1-0 TVC Ohio) dropped their fourth consecutive decision after falling behind 10-2 in the opening period, then the Spartans (3-1, 1-0) countered with a 15-6 surge to secure a 25-8 cushion at the break.
AHS made its biggest run of the night following a 20-6 third quarter surge, which gave the hosts a sizable 45-14 lead headed into the finale. The Spartans closed regulation with an 18-7 run to wrap up the 42-point outcome.
RVHS connected on 8-of-34 field goal attempts for 24 percent, including a 2-of-14 effort from behind the arc for 14 percent. The Silver and Black also netted 3-of-4 free throw tries for 75 percent.
Kirk Morrow and Jacob Dovenbarger paced the Raiders with five points apiece, followed by Dustin Barber with four markers. Mark Wray, Patrick Brown and Wyatt Newman each chipped in two points, while Dayton Hardway rounded out the scoring with one marker.
The Raiders were outrebounded by a 37-25 overall margin and committed 21 turnovers, compared to just four miscues by Alexander. Dovenbarger led RVHS with seven rebounds.
The Spartans made 27-of-62 shot attempts for 44 percent, including a 6-of-14 effort from behind the arc for 43 percent. The hosts were also 3-of-9 at the charity stripe for 33 percent.
Jake Weaver paced AHS with game-highs of 13 points and nine rebounds, followed by Chace Harris with 10 markers. Kyle Howard and Mason Chapman each contributed nine points, while Seth Richardson and Cory Chapman added five markers apiece.
Shea Grigsby and Lukas Thompson chipped in four points each for the victors, while Michael Norris and Jacob Coley rounded things out with two points apiece.
The Raiders return to action Friday when they host Nelsonville-York in a TVC Ohio contest at 7:30 p.m.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.