By Brad Morris
ASHVILLE — A little less than 24 hours made the difference for Teays Valley on Saturday as it recorded a 46-44 Mid-State League Buckeye Division win over visiting Fairfield Union.
Teays Valley coach Brian Barnett was pleased with the way his team bounced back from a 55-38 loss a night earlier at Bloom-Carroll, which ended with surrendering 21 points in the fourth quarter.
“It felt like (Friday night) we kept fixing leaks in the dam but eventually it broke there in the fourth quarter and that game just didn’t end well for us,” Barnett said. “This was the opposite of that. Our kids found a way to make plays in the fourth quarter, get stops and did what they needed to.”
Barnett felt the win was much needed for the Vikings against one of the hottest teams in the league. Fairfield Union entered the game on a three-game winning streak that included handing league-leading Logan Elm its first loss of the season and also picking up a victory over hot-shooting Liberty Union.
“This is a must-win and a quality win for us, and all of our kids dug down deep and made it possible,” he said. “We wanted to play physical and, for the most part, I thought we did that and used our size to our advantage.
“We were also much more patient than we were offensively (on Friday night) over at Bloom-Carroll. We worked the basketball until we got a good shot instead of taking the first shot that was available.”
Fairfield Union entered the fourth quarter with a 34-31 lead, but the Vikings controlled the final period by a 15-10 margin.
Teays Valley’s Cameron Dyas-Rogers scored 10 points in a 46-44 win over Fairfield Union.
The Vikings took the lead for good when point guard Peyton Weiler ran the floor and made a nifty pass to Camden Primmer for a basket in front of the hole to make it 43-41 with 1:51 remaining.
After forcing a Fairfield Union turnovers, Weiler was fouled and calmly drained a pair of free throws to put the Vikings ahead by four.
“Peyton has done a nice job all season of handling the basketball and his decision-making is so good as a point guard,” Barnett praised. “He made a couple of nice moves there in the fourth, hit a couple of huge free throws and then add to the fact that he’s one of our best defenders and always has to guard one of the better players we are facing on a nightly basis.”
The Falcons had a chance to take the lead in the closing 35 seconds, but were unable to do so. Charlie Bean nailed a three-pointer from the top of the key to make it 45-44.
After the Vikings missed a one-and-one, the Falcons had their turn for a one-and-one opportunity, but were unable to convert, with Primmer pulling down the rebound for the Vikings.
Primmer split a pair of free throws to put the Vikings ahead 46-44 with 9.7 seconds remaining.
A missed shot from the Falcons was rebounded by Cameron Dyas-Rogers to seal the win.
The Falcons turned the ball over 14 times, including five in the final quarter.
“Our defensive pressure was good, our kids did a nice job of getting out in the passing lanes and anticipating a little more than we have,” Barnett said.
The Vikings also held a 25-21 advantage on the glass.
Primmer paced the Vikings with 14 points and also controlled eight rebounds. Dyas-Rogers tallied 10 points and seven rebounds, Garrett Meddock had 10 points and Weiler accounted for six points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals.
“Camden is a good kid that works hard and he had that mentality that if we needed a big basket or big rebound that he was going to get it for us,” Barnett said. “He’s struggled a little bit in the last couple of games from the field, so it was nice to see him have a nice all-around game.
“Camden also had the job of defending Ryan Magill, who was averaging around 17 points coming in here, and Camden made him work hard for everything he got and held him to 10 points.”
Bean poured in a game-high 19 points for the Falcons, Magill had 10 points, four rebounds and five assists and Ted Harrah chipped in six points and seven rebounds.
Both teams continue league play on Tuesday, as the Vikings (7-7, 7-4) travel to Hamilton Township and the Falcons (6-7, 5-4) host Bloom-Carroll.
Teays Valley’s Eli Burgett makes a pass during the second half.
Teays Valley 46,
Fairfield Union 44
FAIRFIELD UNION — Ryan Magill 3-1-10, Charlie Bean 7-1-19, Ted Harrah 3-0-6, Christian Carsey 1-3-5, Cole Johnson 2-0-4. Three-point goals — Charlie Bean (4), Ryan Magill (3). Total — 16-38 5-7 44.
TEAYS VALLEY — Cameron Dyas-Rogers 4-2-10, Garrett Meddock 3-2-10, Reese Sauerbrun 1-0-3, Peyton Weiler 2-2-6, Eli Burgett 1-1-3, Camden Primmer 5-3-14. Three-point goals — Garrett Meddock (2), Reese Sauerbrun, Camden Primmer. Total — 16-44 10-19 46.
Quarter scores 1 2 3 4 F
Fairfield Union 5 19 15 10 44
Teays Valley 11 8 12 15 46
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