Prep boys basketball: Tigers tame Black Bears 58-48

WARSAW – Friday night’s East Central Ohio League showdown with Marietta was right there for the taking for the River View Black Bears.

However, three starters were saddled with four fouls early in the fourth quarter and the visiting Tigers (9-8) took advantage to pull away for a 58-48 victory.

“It was a tough physical game,” said MHS head coach Mark Duckworth. “Our kids kept their composure, and made a bunch of foul shots to close the deal.”

Braden Riley had 17 points to pace the Marietta offensive attack. Corey Hill added 15 while Jon Wood added 10 points and eight rebounds. Connor Beavers netted nine, all from the charity stripe.

D’Angelo Burns had 14 points to lead a balanced River View offensive attack. Jon Dart added 11 points to go with eight rebounds while John Rice had 10 points and Matt Brillhart added nine.

“We have got to stay out of foul trouble because we really need those three guys on the floor,” RV coach Jason Trout said. “I felt like we kind of let one get away tonight with all the foul trouble.”

The Old Gold and Black trailed 32-31 to open the fourth quarter but with 7:33 left Dart picked up his fourth foul and joined Rice and Corey Miller on the bench.

The Tigers got a three-point play from Jonathan Wood and a pair of free throws from Reiss Holt to push the lead to 37-31. A hoop from Hill made it 39-31 with 6:50 left the Bears never got closer than five the rest of the fourth quarter.

“I thought our bench guys did a nice job all night of keeping us in the game,” Trout said. “In the end they made foul shots to keep the lead.”

Marietta went 16-of-19 from the stripe in the fourth quarter including a 9-of-10 showing by point guard Beavers.

The foul trouble began early for the hosts with Rice and Miller both picking up a pair of fouls in the first quarter.

However, Dart had three early points as the game was tied at 7-7 with 3:01 left in the opening quarter. A triple from Hill and a hoop from Wood gave the visitors a 12-7 lead at the first stoppage.

“I thought Jon gave us good energy early in the game,” Trout said. “Overall we are playing much better as a team right now than at the beginning of the year.”

Marietta took all the momentum into the half as Hill drained a long 3-pointer at the buzzer to make it 23-15.

“At the half we were happy to be just down 8 seeing as Corey and John sat for a majority of the first half,” Trout said. “”We have to have those guys on the floor for us to be successful.”

Midway through the third quarter the Bears caught fire as Miller scored twice to bookend an 8-2 run that made it 29-29 with 1:51 left in the period.

However with the game tied at 31-31, Rice and Dart each picked up their fourth fouls in the final 39.4 seconds of the quarter.

“We had good balance tonight which is something that has been there for us,” Trout said. “We had 3 goals coming in and that was to out-rebound them, shoot 80 percent from the line and have less than 12 turnovers and if we had done those things might have been different.”

RV did hold a 32-23 edge on the boards but committed 15 miscues and made just 8-of-13 (62 percent) at the stripe compared to 20-of-28 (71 percent) for Marietta.