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River Suffers Its First Defeat

February 7, 2018
BY BRUCE CRAWFORD - Staff Writer ( , Wetzel Chronicle

The Hiland Hawks broke open a close game late in the fourth period to defeat the River Pilots in a standing room R.L. Potts Gymnasium on Feb. 6. The final score was 68-53 in a game that included two of the top Ohio boys basketbal teams in the country.

With the game all knotted up at 49-49 in the last couple minutes of play, the Hawks went on a 19-4 run to give the Pilots their first defeat of the season.

Lukas Isaly scored 29 points to lead the Pilots, while John Murphy tallied 14, and Drew Dietz 10 points for all their scoring.

Hiland's S. Troger sank eight baskets, including three from beyond the arch, while sinking 10-10 at the free throw line to pace the Hawks. K. Troger followed with 14 markers, that included two from long range, while A. Miller tallied 11 points.

In the game, Hiland made seven baskets from beyond the arch, while the Pilots didn't have any. The Hawks also made 17-20 free throws, while the Pilots was 10-20.

The Pilots will take on the undefeated Bishop Ready Saturday, Feb. 10 at Marietta High School with the junior varsity game slotted at 6 p.m. with the varsity to follow around 7:30 p.m.


Pilots Spank Blue Eagles

Lukas Isaly tossed in 37 points, and 10 different River players scored to lead the Pilots to a 75-32 victory over their cross-river rival Feb. 2 inside a jam-packed R. L. Potts Gymnasium.

Isaly opened the game with a deuce, but the Eagles' Silas McKeever tickled the twine from long range to give the visitors a 3-2 lead. The Pilots' Dillon Grimes then scored a deuce with a jumper, while the Eagles' Leo Herrick added a deuce for Magnolia's only lead of the game at 5-4.

However, the Pilots' Cody Hupp sank a deuce, while Stone Thompson quickly followed with a triple before Isaly went down at the two minute mark with an eye injury. He didn't return until the second period.

Hupp put back a miss and Drew Dietz would take a charge with 4:17 on the clock, while John Murphy sank a pair of freebies at the free throw line. Herrick stopped the bleeding with a three pointer, while Eli Nice cashed in a jumper to narrow the gap at 13-10. Hupp swished a nice one-handed jumper to end the first period with River on top, 15-10.

Herrick opened the second period scoring with a two-pointer, while Isaly went coast-to-coast twice off two Eagle misses when Magnolia halted play with another time-out, with the Pilots on top, 19-13.

After the short break, Herrick sank the back end of a two shot foul, but Hupp followed up with his second follow-up miss with a tip-in. Isaly sank a conventional three-point play and a bonus bomb, in between a pair of Dietz free throws. Herrick then sank a three-ball to end the first half with the Pilots on top, 28-16.

To start the second half, the Pilots continue to score at will while the Eagles were just hoping that some of their shots would start to fall in. However, the Pilots would start and end the third period with an Isaly deuce, while scoring 16 of their team's 25 third period points that helped the Pilots to a 51-23 lead heading into the final period of play.

John Murphy opened the fourth quarter with a deuce, while Isaly followed with four straight points before Herrick stopped the bleeding with a pair of free throws at the 6:37 mark.

Both teams emptied the bench shortly after.

Isaly lead all-scorers with 37 points, while Hupp and Murphy each followed with eight points. Thompson swished a pair of three-pointers, while Grimes and Jason Deaton each sank four points. Peyton VanCamp, Michael Johnson and James Hendershot each sank a deuce.

Herrick led the Blue Eagles with 23 points, that included four three point baskets, while Dalton Pritchard came off the bench late in the fourth quarter provided two baskets. McKeever scored a three-ball, while Nice sank a deuce.


Defense Keys Pilots' Latest Victory

The Pilots used a 12-0 third quarter run, while holding a very tough St Clairsville squad to 13 first-half points and four in the third period to defeat the Red Devils, 50-37, in boys high school basketball action inside R.L. Potts Gymnasium on Jan. 30.

Lukas Isaly paced the Big Red Machine with 20 points, while Dillon Grimes and Stone Thompson each recorded seven markers. Cody Hupp and John Murphy evenly divided a dozen counters. Drew Dietz ended the Pilot scoring with a pair of two-pointers.

The River defense limited the Big Reds to 10-38 from the floor, with Craig Bober leading them with 13 points, and Kaden Blomquist, 10 points.



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