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Buckeyes dominate Raiders in 76-42 triumph

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BUTCHEL, Ohio (WOUB) — Tuesday night at Ben Wagner Gymnasium, the Nelsonville-York Buckeyes hosted the River Valley Raiders in a TVC-Ohio contest. With the Buckeyes coming off a three-game skid, they looked like bounce back to get their first win in two weeks. The intensity of the Buckeyes was too much as the press would lead them to victory 76-42.  

To start the first quarter Nelsonville-York came out in a press to set the tone for the night. The pressure from the Buckeyes began their hot streak as senior guard Keagan Swope had three steals in the first. These steals would create baskets for NY as they would jump out on top early 23-10. 

The second quarter was much like the first as the Buckeyes perfected the press, creating fast break opportunities and easy buckets. Junior guard Briant Call would answer his phone call tonight for Nelsonville-York. Call would finish with 16 first half points coming from put backs, three pointers and hustle all over the court. This would give the Buckeyes the huge halftime advantage 46-22. 

Coming out of the half NY would stay true to their game tonight by applying the pressure even more. The Raiders had no response for this as the Buckeyes would outscore them 22-8 in the third. As steals and fast breaks came often the Buckeyes had no problem gaining momentum with a 66-30 lead at the end of three quarters. 

With a 36-point lead entering the fourth, Nelsonville-York put this one away as they would control the next eight minutes. Swope was a huge defensive piece as he finished with nine steals picking the Raiders offense apart. The Buckeyes would come out on top 76-42 over River Valley. 

Here is what Head Coach Gabriel had to say about NY’s pressure tonight, “…our defense creates offense. So, when we get steals and stuff, we get easy shots, we get open threes. You know, we just try to make them panic and when they panic, we capitalize on it.”