TV BOYS MAKE SECTIONALS
The win they needed to get into sectional play came easy for the Tri-Valley boys varsity basketball team as they defeated league rival Tuxedo 73-35 Thursday night.
Aggressive offensive play and strong defense got the Bears off to a quick first quarter lead jumping out to a 10-0 score with 5:22 showing on the clock.
The first 10 scores by Tri-Valley included a driving layup by Alex Brown, a foul shot by Brown, Sam Tingley with one of his patented three-pointers, a layup by Tingley and Devin Donnelley with a layup.
It wasn't until the 5 minute mark when Tuxedo's Fredy Squires popped in a long three-pointer to put the Tornadoes on the board.
Tri-Valley's torrid scoring led to a first quarter lead of 21-5. The Bears outscored Tuxedo in the second quarter 13-10 to take a half time lead of 34-15.
At the 3:20 mark in the third quarter Bears coach Brian Tingley substituted five new players into the game leading 48-20 and Tuxedo took advantage of the move to outscore Tri-Valley 11-0 to end the third quarter trailing 48-31.
The Bears starting five returned to the court at the start of the fourth quarter and dominated play by outscoring Tuxedo 25-4.
Coach Tingley noted that "this game allowed us to get everyone involved and they made it a little scary at the end of the third quarter."
He added, "we played effectively and we're in the sectionals with this win."
The coach gave praise to his players saying, "everyone played well tonight." One negative factor for the Bears was missed layups.
Tri-Valley's two remaining home league games include S.S. Seward on February 12 and Chester February 19.
Leading scorer for Tri-Valley was Zach Nilsen with 16, Sam Tingley with 15 and Alex Brown with 13. The Bears are now 8-3 and 2-2 in OCIAA league play.
Fredy Squires led Tuxedo with nine points. Tuxedo is 1-10 overall and 0-4 in OCIAA league play.
PHOTOS OF TRI-VALLEY-TUXEDO BOYS BASKETBALL GAME