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High School Boys' Basketball -
Williams Valley 82, Tri-Valley 46
Vikings' offense is
too much for Bulldogs
By Garrett Derr, CONTRIBUTING WRITER 



Tri-Valley’s #35 Logan Yoder puts up a barrier to stop Williams Valley’s #24 Nick Rodichok. (Sentinel photo by Todd Gearhart)

All season long, the Tri-Valley Bulldogs have struggled to get into a rhythm from the opening tip off. Tuesday, December 22, was no different as the Bulldogs dropped a rivalry contest to the Williams Valley Vikings, 62-46.

The Bulldog offense failed to find momentum early as the Viking defense kept them at bay. Tri-Valley was shown a variety of defensive attacks, none of which allowed high-percentage shots or paint penetration.

The Vikings’ Nick Rodichok helped get things going with a mid-range jumper which was immediately followed by a Peppe Mini bucket. The Vikings picked up the tempo on the defensive end of the floor and nearly shutout the Bulldogs, allowing just 5 points through the first 8 minutes of play.

Jaden Buchanon helped end the scoring drought for the Bulldogs as he connected on a long-range jumper. Despite the effort, the Bulldogs trailed 15-5 as the second quarter went under way. Much like the opening frame, the Vikings forced turnovers and made the Bulldogs work for every bucket.

Rodichok and Jake Wolfgang knocked down shots on two consecutive trips up the floor. Buchanon answered with a jumper of his own, but it was Levi Engle and Mini who broke the flood gates open in the second quarter. The Vikings threw up a stellar second 8 minutes as they boosted 20 points and allowed just 11. The Vikings comfortably lead 35-16 at the break, but the Bulldogs wouldn’t go away.

When the second half kicked off, Buchanon knocked down another 10-footer followed by a Logan Yoder mid-range jumper. The Bulldogs also picked up the pace on the defensive end of the floor, holding the Vikings on three consecutive possessions.

The Bulldogs managed to steal away the third quarter, but they continued to trail on the scoreboard with just one quarter remaining.

Rodichok would prove to be the difference maker in the fourth quarter as he worked his way to the charity stripe to knock down two free throws. The Viking senior would also connect on a three-pointer that helped extend his team’s lead to 15.

Williams Valley did not let off the gas as they sank another 17 points in the final frame to give Denny Kasper yet another win on his already prestigious resume.

Rodichok led all Viking scorers with 17 points, including three 3-pointers. Wolfgang (15), Mini (14), and Engle (11) combined for 40 points. Buchanon was the lone double-digit scorers for the Bulldogs with 17 points.

 



  

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