Wildcats lone unbeaten at R-W tournament; Monday night’s finale with host Cougars postponed by snowstorm
Only Mother Nature could slow Galva’s march through the ROWVA-Williamsfield Invitational Tournament.
After a 49-39 tourney-opening win over Riverdale, the Wildcats followed with victories over Henry, United and West Central to stand 4-0 atop the six-team event.
The Wildcats were slated to play tourney host R-W in the last game of Monday’s tripleheader at Williamsfield, but inclement weather wiped out the tourney. The games have been rescheduled for Monday, Dec. 3, and a victory over the Cougars will give the Wildcats the R-W tournament title.
The lineup for the rescheduled games Monday is Riverdale vs. West Central at 5 p.m., Henry vs. United at 6:30 p.m. and Galva vs. ROWVA-Williamsfield at 8 p.m.
Wildcats 4-0 at
After the season- and tourney-opening win over Riverdale, the Wildcats needed a rally to defeat Henry 52-45 on Tuesday, Nov. 20.
Galva trailed at halftime 25-22 and after three quarters 38-36, but rebounded with a 16-7 run in the fourth quarter to knock off the Mallards. The Wildcats hit 12 of 17 free throws in the fourth quarter to complete the comeback.
Gunner Spivey topped the Wildcats with 24 points, including a perfect 10 of 10 from the free-throw line.
The Wildcats were back at it Friday, and hit United with an early blitz en route to a 52-39 victory over the Red Storm. Galva built leads of 16-5 at the quarter and 28-16 at the break.
“We went on a really nice streak where they were all rhythm shots one after another,” Galva head coach Chance Jones said. “We’re small and we have to work. I think our intensity shocked them off the bat.”
Five different Wildcats knocked down 3-pointers in the first half, and Galva dominated the glass 34 to 21.
“I thought we were all over the place and using our quickness well. We hustled and that’s always what we have to do first, then we shared the ball much better,” Jones said.
Spivey led the Wildcats again with 11 points and Peyton Sopiars chipped in with 10.
The Wildcats improved to 4-0 in the tourney by handling West Central 60-45 Saturday. Galva led 23-15 at the half, and put the Heat away with a 23-5 surge in the third quarter.
Spivey topped the Wildcats with 17 points, followed by Sopiars with 13. Brayden Collins and Tristan Rogers added nine apiece.
Host Cougars sit at 3-1
After defeating United in the tourney opener, host ROWVA-Williamsfield suffered its only loss in the event to Riverdale 59-54 on Tuesday, Nov 20.
The Cougars placed three players in double figures — Tucker Sams with 16, Calvin Peterson 15 and Jake Varner 10.
R-W rebounded from the Riverdale loss by rolling over West Central 64-41 Friday.
The Cougars rode the hot hand of Varner to the win. He finished with 19 points on 7 of 8 shooting from the floor, including 5 of 6 from the 3-point line.
Head coach Bob Anderson gave a “must-win” message just before tip-off and got a strong response from the Cougars (2-1).
“We executed well tonight and did the things defensively we wanted to do in the half-court. We ran well, got up and down the court, that’s an asset we have that we have to take advantage of every night out,” Anderson said.
Lorin Peterson added 15 points for the Cougars.
The Cougars continued their winning ways and improved to 3-1 in the tourney with a 63-37 romp over Henry Saturday.
R-W enjoyed a 30-21 lead at the break and broke the game open with a 21-10 run in the third quarter.
Lorin Peterson led the way with 23 points, followed by Sams with 15 and Varner 12.
R-W tourney standings
Here are the tourney standings heading into Monday’s tripleheader — Galva 4-0, Riverdale and ROWVA-Williamsfield 3-1, West Central 2-2, Henry and United 0-4.
Ridgewood goes 0-4 at Orion’s 10 & 32 tourney
Ridgewood finished with an 0-4 mark in its inaugural trip to Orion’s 10 & 32 Tip-Off Classic.
After falling to Sherrard 51-47 in the tourney opener Monday, Nov. 19, the Spartans fell to 0-2 with a 62-43 loss to eventual champion Monmouth-Roseville.
Ridgewood led the Titans at the break, but Mon-Rose went on a 27-2 tear in the third quarter to erase the deficit. Mon-Rose hit just 7 of 29 shots in the opening half, including 2 of 16 from the 3-point line, but caught fire in the second half with an 18 of 29 shooting performance.
The third quarter also told the story in Friday’s 47-36 loss to Erie-Prophetstown.
Ridgewood trailed just 26-25 at the break, but managed only five points in the third frame as the deficit grew to 36-30. Ganon Greenman paced the Spartans with 16 points and Lucas Althaus chipped in with 11.
In Saturday’s finale, Mercer County went off for 31 points in the fourth quarter to rally past Ridgewood 76-73. The Spartans trailed 32-31 at the half, but moved in front 53-45 with a 22-13 surge in the third quarter.
The Golden Eagles answered with a 31-20 run in the final eight minutes.
MerCo’s Trey Essig led all scorers with 32 points, while Greenman topped Ridgewood with 25 points and Mitchell Brooks added 24.
In the tourney’s title game, Monmouth-Roseville slipped past the host Chargers 50-45 Saturday night. The All-Tournament team at Orion featured Josh Hammer of Erie-Prophetstown, Colton Minch of Sherrard, Josh Johnson of Orion, Rashaun King of Mercer County, Jamonny Skinner of Monmouth-Roseville and Chase VanDerGinst of Alleman.
(Jackson White, WCI Sports, contributed
to this story.)