The Maple Valley boys’ basketball team showed itself to be major contenders for the KVA crown on Tuesday night, holding off a talented Pennfield team by a score of 47-44.
Trailing by two with only four seconds left in regulation, the visiting Panthers made it to the free throw line for a 1-and-1. The ensuing free throw bounced high off the rim, hit a cable used to raise and lower the basket, and fell back through the rim — but the shot was ruled no good as it was a dead ball.
Maple Valley’s Sam Benedict was fouled shortly after and sank a free throw with one second left for the game’s final score.
“This a big week for us; Pennfield tonight and Delton Kellogg tomorrow and Schoolcraft on Friday,” said Maple Valley head coach Chris Ewing. “One of us will be at the top and one in second come Friday night… It’s always a big game between Pennfield and us. To go out and beat these guys — they’re a talented team — and to be able to beat them for the second time this year is a big momentum boost for our guys.”
Maple Valley (11-3, 9-3 KVA) was led by Andrew Brighton with 15 points and five steals. Luis Martinez had 10 points and Benedict finished with eight.
For Pennfield (8-7, 8-5 KVA), Jake Grimes led the way with 10 points with three rebounds. Ryan Lowe had eight points, 10 rebounds and four blocks, Aaron Brown scored eight points with five rebounds and Ethan Everett had seven points and six boards.
“Give Maple Valley credit,” said Pennfield coach Steve Grimes. “They’re a good team, they play good defense and they played well tonight. I thought our kids played well, too.”
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B.C. Central 44, (at) Sturgis 38: Battle Creek Central was led by David Templeton with eight points in the victory. Also for the Bearcats (14-2, 11-0 SMAC East), Mohamed Albagami had seven points and Phil Robinson and Joe Bowser had six points apiece. Sturgis was led by Chance Stewart with 19 points.
(At) Coldwater 38, Marshall 35: Grant Maurer finished with nine points and three steals in the win for Coldwater. Also for the Cardinals (4-11), Ryan Mock and Logan Targgart had seven points apiece while Nathan Waterbury pulled down eight rebounds. Marshall was led by Jacob Brubaker with 16 points and three steals, while Angus Bennett had nine rebounds and three blocks.
(At) Calhoun Christian 48, Coldwater Pansophia 32: Cameron Hiscock had 17 points, 16 rebounds and four assists in the win for Calhoun Christian. Also for the Cougars (8-4, 6-2 Mid-South Conference), Matthew Parks had 11 points and eight rebounds and Chase Flach had nine points and seven rebounds. Edgar Quajorda had 11 points to lead Coldwater Pansophia.
(At) Galesburg-Augusta 71, Constantine 42: Austin Douglas led the way for Galesburg-Augusta with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Ryan Rames scored 14 points with eight boards and Jordan Born had six points, eight rebounds, six assists and four steals in the win for G-A (6-8, 5-8 KVA).
(At) Bellevue 60, Camden-Frontier 29: Ethan Bloch had 18 points, six rebounds and three assists in the win for Bellevue. Also for the Broncos (7-6, 6-5 SCAA), Cole Madry had 12 points and 15 rebounds, Tony Reid had eight points and four rebounds and Darren Sommers had seven points.
(At) Climax-Scotts 83, Burr Oak 70: Dallas Froberg had 25 points in the win for Climax-Scotts. Also for the Panthers (8-5, 6-1 SCAA), Sam Eshius had 19 points and seven rebounds, Kyle Bowering had 15 points and eight rebounds and Cody Moody had 14 points and six assists.
Quincy 78, (at) Concord 40: Mike Tesch had a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds in the win for Quincy. Also for the Orioles (12-3, 8-1 Big Eight Conference), Chase Cook had 12 points, six assists and four steals, Jake Rider had 10 points and three steals, Nick Haberl had seven rebounds, Logan Timmons-Miller had six rebounds, Jimmy King had eight points, Andrew Karney had six points and Jordan Cekander had three assists. All 11 Quincy players scored in the contest.
Homer 57, (at) Union City 30: Homer remained unbeaten at 13-0 overall and 9-0 in the Big Eight Conference behind 15 points apiece from Alex White and Dylan Thomas. White also had nine rebounds, three assists, five steals and two blocks, Thomas had six rebounds, two assists, five steals and two blocks and Tyler George had eight rebounds. In the loss for Union City (6-8, 3-6 Big Eight), Darren Austin finished with a game-high 16 points to go with nine rebounds, two blocks and a steal.
(At) Coldwater 38, Marshall 35: Jacob Brubaker led Marshall with 16 points in the loss. Drew DeVine scored seven points and Landry Reynolds scored five points for the Redhawks (3-11, 1-10 SMAC East).
Schoolcraft 53, (at) Delton Kellogg 47: Delton Kellogg’s Jeff Minehart scored 19 points with seven rebounds, but it wasn’t enough as the Panthers were outscored 17-4 in the fourth quarter. Also for Delton Kellogg (6-8, 4-8 KVA), Landon Grizzle scored 13 points.
(At) Marshall Academy 46, Will Carleton
Academy 41: Justin Evans led Marshall Academy to victory with 16 points, seven rebounds, six assists and five steals. Isaac Mead added 12 points and Clayton Gretzner had eight points with six boards in the win for Marshall Academy.
Athens 48, (at) Reading 41: Jonah Harris had 14 points and three steals in the win for Athens. Also for the Indians (5-8, 3-6 Big Eight) Hayden Bowersox had seven points and 10 rebounds, and Jake Iles had seven points and three assists.