The River Pilots will take a 14-4 record into Tuesday's Wheeling Hospital/OVAC 3-A semifinal game at Magnolia following a 59-42 Friday night homecourt triumph over Shenandoah's Zeps.
Coach Mark Romick's club came off a 12-12 deadlock after one period to forge a 28-24 halftime advantage. River then outpointed the invaders 31-18 over the final two periods.
Cody Caldwell and Brett Price collected 17 points apiece for River with teammate Jordan Indermuhle providing 13-point support. Chad Isaly added seven markers. Danny Neuhart's 12 tallies topped the Noble County quint.
River shot 22-of-57 from the floor and totaled 39 rebounds. Indermuhle and Price hauled down 12 stray shots apiece. The Pilots were charted for but five turnovers.
In Friday's jayvee encounter, River was a 44-33 victor.
Barnesville 60, Caldwell 50
AT Barnesville, the host Shamrocks staged a second half rally to knock off Caldwell.
The visiting Redskins led 16-10 after one period then extended the count to 28-18 at halftime. But Chris Pack's Green came charging back, pulling within 37-30 after three rounds before erupting to outpoint the invaders 28-13 over the final eight minutes.
Barnesville produced balanced scoring with four cagers in double figures .David Stewart tossed in 13 markers. Dylan MacMillan netted 11. Contributing 10 points apiece were Brandon Burkhart and Isaac McGee.
Barnesville was a 38-31 leader off the glass with Zach Houston landing 13 boards and Burkhart bringing down 10. MacMillan recorded four steals and distributed seven assists.
Barnesville welcomes Buckeye Local in a Wednesday night Wheeling Hospital/OVAC consolation round tipoff.
Caldwell was a 40-29 jayvee victor in Friday's opener.
Magnolia 90, Monroe Central 79
AT Woodsfield, invading Magnolia pulled away in the final minutes to outlast Monroe Central in a high-scoring affair that produced eight double figure scorers.
The invading Eagles were 24-21 leaders after one panel and led 44-35 at the half. Monroe faced a 61-57 deficit after three rounds.
Zach Wilhoate topped Magnolia with a 24-point output. Mark Winters connected for 19 points. Contributing 16 tallies apiece were Preston Boswell and Spencer Campbell. Stephen Rogalski netted 11 counters.
Monroe received s solid, one-two scoring punch from Korey Lafferre (23) and Cameron Jorris (22). Kordell Antill donated a dozen lightings.
The Seminoles shot 30-of-68 from the floor and totaled 25 rebounds with Lafferre landing eight stray shots. Levi Brown recorded four steals and distributed four assists. Turnovers favored Magnolia, 17-15.
The Blue Eagle jayvees were 71-67 winners in Friday's opener.
Monroe Central has a home court makeup encounter this evening against Buckeye Trail.
The same two teams then meet again Tuesday at Old Washington in a Wheeling Hospital/OVAC Tournament semifinal contest.
Conotton Valley 66, Linsly 52
AT Bowerston, the host Rockets received 22 points and 13 rebounds from Brandon Bailey in a 14-point victory over Linsly's Cadets.
Brandon Galigher (14) and Zac Lyon (10) added double digit outputs for the winners. Toddy Goodwin-Roe and Anthony Wallace tossed in 14 points apiece for Linsly. Jibiri Blount and Colton Coss netted 11 markers apiece for the now 10-10 Cadets.
Conotton Valley improved to 12-6.
, was slated to visit Coshocton this evening.