Boys Basketball

Clay 68, East 27

SCIOTOVILLE — On the back of senior Shaden Malone’s game-high 30 points, the Clay Panthers went on the road and defeated the East Tartans — 68-27 — in Southern Ohio Conference Division I play on Friday night.

The win improved the Panthers to 4-12 with a 4-6 mark in league play, completing the season sweep of East in the process.

The host Tartans fell to 0-10 in the defeat — and 0-8 in the SOC I.

The Panthers scored a high-paced 26 points in the first quarter, 14 of which came from Malone — as part of his 26-point half.

Evan Balestra scored six of his nine points in the first quarter, before burying a third-period triple.

Gavin Cayton sunk the other Clay three in the win — a third-quarter make as part of his seven-point outing.

In total, nine Panthers scored — including Jaden Jessee with six, Clay Cottle with five, Jack Holbrook with four, Carson Porginski with three, and Cullen Payne and Bobby Deal who scored two points apiece.

Tartans sophomore Landehn Pernell scored a team-high 12 points on four made field goals and 4-of-5 foul shooting.

Six East players accounted for their remaining 15 points.

Green 64, Notre Dame 63

FRANKLIN FURNACE — As it turned out, the only thing which briefly broke up the Green Bobcats’ momentum was a coronavirus quarantine.

That’s because the Bobcats captured their fourth consecutive victory on Friday, edging the visiting Notre Dame Titans 64-63 in Southern Ohio Conference Division I action.

The Bobcats did endure a two-week shutdown, but that didn’t deter them from bolting out to a 19-8 first-quarter advantage.

Green then held a 26-25 halftime lead, and withstood the Titans’ second-half rally — as Notre Dame did win the second 16 minutes by a count of 38-29, including 23-17 in the third period.

The Bobcats bucketed 8-of-10 fourth-quarter free throws, as the Titans took only three trips to the stripe in the stanza —part of only seven for the entire second half and 13 for the entire game.

A pair of Bobcats erupted for an excess of 20 points — Levi Sampson with 22 and Ethan Huffman with 21.

Sampson sank six baskets and 10-of-11 foul shots, as Huffman hit for seven buckets and 7-of-11 at the line.

Sampson, with 5-of-6 freebies, and Huffman —with two twos and 3-of-4 from the line —landed for all of Green’s dozen fourth-quarter points.

Levi Singleton shot in all three of the Bobcats’ three-pointers, including two in the second canto and one in the third for nine markers.

Levi Blevins, on three first-half field goals, and Wiley Sanders —on a first-quarter basket and 4-of-4 foul shots —scored six apiece.

Green raised its record to 5-8, and to 4-5 in the SOC I.

Eight different Titans reached the scoring column, as Caleb Nichols — on four deuces, a fourth-quarter trey and split of fourth-quarter free throws —netted his team-high 14 in the second half.

Jonathan Strickland scored 13 on six total field goals including a third-period trifecta —as 11 of his came after halftime as well.

Carter Campbell, on three field goals and 3-of-6 free throws, and Jackson Clark —on two treys and 3-of-4 foul shots —netted nine apiece.

Dominic Sparks scored three first-half baskets, and Jermaine Powell posted three second-half buckets, for six points each.

Dylan Seison with two field goals for four points and Ethan Kammer collecting a hoop in the second salvo rounded out the Notre Dame scoring.

The loss dropped the Titans to 8-5, and to 5-3 in the division, as it was their first tilt in 10 days.

New Boston 77, Western 57

LATHAM — The New Boston Tigers truly turned their fortunes around on Friday night.

Trailing against the host Western Indians, by counts of 20-12 at the first stop and 37-27 at halftime, the Tigers simply roared in the second half —and turned a 10-point deficit into a 20-point runaway win.

That’s because New Boston blitzed the Indians for a massive 50 second-half points, and locked down Western to only 20 —en route to a 77-57 Southern Ohio Conference Division I victory.

The win was, in fact, the 25th consecutive in the SOC I for the Tigers —which continued their dominance of the division by remaining undefeated at 9-0, part of 15-1 overall.

Western, with only eight third-period points and a dozen fourth-quarter counters, fell to 5-8 — and to 4-4 in the SOC I.

The Tigers torched the Indians with 27 third-quarter markers, followed by another 23 in the fourth.

The Tigers’ tandem of seniors Kyle Sexton and Tanner Voiers erupted for 22 points apiece, including a third-frame three-point basket by Voiers.

Both notched nine field goals, as Sexton —with nine deuces —swished 4-of-5 free throws, while Voiers converted 3-of-6.

De’Von Jones, on six baskets and a split of third-quarter charity tosses — tossed in 13 for a third Tiger in double figures.

Grady Jackson and Chase Clark — on two twos, a three-ball and a foul shot apiece — added eight points, as Jackson scored all of his in the opening half.

Clark, meanwhile, ripped down 19 rebounds including 17 on the defensive end —and blocked six shots with his six-foot, five-inch tall frame.

Brady Voiers and Josh Alley, on a fourth-quarter basket apiece, rounded out the New Boston scoring.

New Boston, by game’s end, had built a 32-23 advantage in total field goals — and made more free throws (10) than the Indians even attempted (five).

Four Indians —Noah Whitt with 16, Kolten Miller with 15, Colton Montgomery with 11 and Gavin Myers with 10 —all amounted double figures.

Reed Brewster buried a first-quarter deuce and a fourth-quarter trey for Western’s other five points.

Valley 67, Eastern 49

BEAVER — The visiting Valley Indians, on Friday night, got defensive — and turned offensive — when they needed to.

Trailing 21-19 after the opening quarter to the Eastern Eagles, the Indians outscored Eastern 48-28 over the final three periods —en route to capturing a 67-49 Southern Ohio Conference Division II victory.

In fact, with the win, Valley climbed back even to .500 —both overall at 7-7 and in the league at 5-5.

The Indians edged the Eagles 14-9 in the second stanza to seize a 33-30 halftime lead, before building a 52-43 cushion after three periods —thanks to a 19-13 quarter win.

In the fourth frame, Valley amounted 15 points —pulling away as a result of grounding the Eagles to only six.

The contest was one of a three-point barrage, as the Eagles erupted with 11 while the Indians amassed nine.

However, Valley ended up with a 23-17 total field goals advantage —and made more free throws (12) than the Eagles even attempted (six).

Ty Perkins poured in 23 points to pace the winners, dropping in eight total field goals including a third-quarter three-pointer and 6-of-9 foul shots.

George Arnett, with three threes and an old-fashioned three-point play plus another two-pointer, added 14 points — while Jace Copley and Carter Nickel notched 10 points apiece.

Both Nickel and Copley canned a pair of threes.

Bryce Stuart — on a first-quarter two, a third-quarter three and 3-of-3 free throws —added eight points, while Colt Buckle’s bucket in the last stanza rounded out the Indians’ scoring.

Brennan Slusher, on six triples including a first-half five with four in the opening quarter, paced the Eagles with 18 points — while Neil Leist landed three first-half three-balls towards another 11.

But the Eagles cooled off, and made only two more threes after halftime.

Gallia Academy 54, Portsmouth 42

CENTENARY — Holding visiting Portsmouth (5-6, 3-5 OVC) to a combined 14 points in the middle two periods, the Gallia Academy Blue Devils avenged their early-season loss to the Trojans with a 12-point (54-42) victory on Friday night.

Friday’s contest for Portsmouth was its first since Jan. 16 — after a string of quarantine-related postponements.

Leading the Blue Devils (6-6, 4-5 OVC) in scoring was big man Isaac Clary, whose 16 points on seven made field goals and a pair of free throws was tied for game high with Trojans senior Miles Shipp.

Shipp scored 10 of Portsmouth’s 18 second-half points in his 16-point effort, as Trojans not named Shipp combined for just two second-half field goals in the decision.

Chris Duff and Donavon Carr scored five apiece; Drew Roe, Michael Duncan and Dariyonne Bryant each had four, and Daewin Spence and Amare Johnson scored two apiece.

Waverly 67, Oak Hill 55

Ironton 48, Chesapeake 41

Greenup County (Ky.) 49, Symmes Valley 47

Wheelersburg at Northwest, ppd.

Ironton St. Joe at Symmes Valley, ppd.