ROWVA-Williamsfield blitzes Wildcats for tournament title

Mike Landis, Editor
The ROWVA-Williamsfield Cougars captured the title of their own tournament by handling Galva 60-37 Monday night. R-W, Galva and Riverdale all finished 4-1 in the tourney, but the Cougars earned the championship based on the best free-throw percentage tiebreaker.

The Galva Wildcats survived ROWVA-Williamsfield’s first blitz.

But the Cougars just kept coming in waves Monday night as the hosts rolled to a 60-37 win over the Wildcats to win their own tournament championship.

“I didn’t have us ready to go. I’ll take the blame for it,” Galva head coach Chance Jones said. “They hit us early and we were just a step behind all night.”

R-W, Riverdale and Galva all finished with 4-1 records in the six-team tourney. The tiebreaker was best free-throw percentage, where the Cougars finished on top at 76 percent, with Riverdale second and Galva third.

R-W scored two quick hoops and forced Galva to burn a timeout less than a minute into the game. The Cougars added two more scores to make it 8-0, only to see the Wildcats battle back and grab an 11-10 lead on a pair of Peyton Sopiars free throws.

Galva’s lead was short-lived as R-W closed the opening quarter with a 7-0 run. The Cougars stretched the edge to 29-18 at the half, and delivered the knockout punch early in the third quarter behind the play of Lorin Peterson.

Peterson scored R-W’s first six points of the second half and made a pretty dish to Isaac Cordle for a layup that extended the Cougars’ lead to 37-22 and forced a Galva timeout. R-W led by as many as 24 down the stretch en route to the title-clinching win.

R-W’s Tucker Sams led all scorers with 17 points and Peterson followed with 16.

Gunner Spivey and Peyton Sopiars topped Galva with nine points each, and Tristan Rogers chipped in with eight.

“I’ll take the hit on this one. We just have to try to figure out how to reload,” Jones said. “We’ve still had a pretty good start overall. We have to take some bad with the good. We learned a lot this week when we were able to finish the games and win.”

Wildcats split non-conference outings

Galva suffered its first loss of the season at Sherrard Friday (Nov. 30), 39-33.

The Wildcats led 18-13 at the half. Sherrard pulled even 23-all after three frames and outscored the Wildcats 16-10 down the stretch to rally for the win.

Tristan Rogers led the Wildcats with 12 points and Brayden Collins added 10.

Galva bounced back Tuesday night and defeated Midland 55-47 in the home opener for the Wildcats.

Rogers scored the game’s first five points and Gunner Spivey sparked an 8-0 run to close the opening quarter and put the Cats on top 19-15.

Galva nursed leads of 29-24 at the half and 39-33 after three quarters, and held off the Timberwolves to improve to 5-2 on the season.

Parker Taylor topped Galva with 17 points, followed by Spivey with 11 and Rogers 10.

Busy stretch for Cougars

Outside of winning its own tourney title, the last week saw ROWVA-Williamsfield drop its first two Inter County Athletic Conference outings — 67-47 to Delavan Wednesday (Nov. 28) and 48-24 at Brimfield Tuesday — and top United 60-41 in its Lincoln Trail Conference opener Friday.

R-W took control in the opening half against the Red Storm, building leads of 19-6 at the quarter and 40-15 at the break.

Isaac Cordle topped the Cougars with 20 points, followed by Tucker Sams with 18 and Calvin Peterson with 10.

The Cougars are 5-3 on the season.