Vikings turn up the heat in third on the way to 18-point win

by JOHN HOWLEY / sportingpumpkin.com

ASHVILLE — Teays Valley turned up the pressure in the second half to turn a tie ballgame into a 67-49 win over visiting Logan Tuesday night. 

The score was 28-28 at halftime but the Vikings outscored the Chieftains 24-7 in the third to go up 52-35. 

“Our defensive pressure changed,” TV coach Brian Barnetet said. “Defensively, we got up into them a little more. We were really active with our hands causing a lot of deflections and a lot of steals and then we boxed out better, we rebounded better. 

“We came in at halftime thinking that we were kind of sluggish and letting them throw it wherever. At halftime we talked about that, made that adjustment and it led to layup after layup after layup – it was exciting.”

Sam Miller led Teays Valley with 21 points and 10 rebounds in the win over Logan. (see more game photos)

Logan started the fourth with a three-pointer from Owen Bell but the next 10 points came from the Vikings. 

Brody Fields got the first bucket in that run and Sam Miller accounted for the next two.

The final two buckets in that run got the Vikings’ gymnasium rocking as the defense forced a couple turnovers and then TV worked the ball to Brayden Primmer who slammed the ball home both times. The second slam gave the Vikings their largest lead of the game at 62-38 with 5:15 left. 

Four Vikings reached double figures in scoring Tuesday led by Miller with 21. Fields and Kole Nungester each had 13 and Ryan Allton had 10. 

“His last two games have probably been his best two games of the year,” Barnett said of Miller – who also had 10 rebounds. “We knew we had an advantage if we went inside with him because I thought he was more mobile and could get to the rim and that proved to be true.”

Teays Valley’s Brayden Primmer finishes off his second slam in 30 seconds during the fourth quarter Tuesday. (see more game photos)

With four players in double figures, and Primmer having eight, guarding the Vikings can be a tough job. 

“With us, if someone is not hitting, someone else will hit. And if they’re not hitting, then someone else will hit. It makes us hard to guard,” Barnett said. “The best thing about our kids is we’re unselfish. We could care less who scores as long as we score. And that was evident again tonight in that third quarter. 

“We don’t care who gets it done, just get it done.”

Jacob Burke led Logan with 14 points.

After a big game with Bloom-Carroll last weekend and second-place Fairfield Union coming up Friday, a non-league game in between could have been trouble. But the Vikings saw Tuesday as more than just a chance to notch their 12th win of the season. 

“We built this game as a Central District draw game,” Barnett said, alluding to the postseason tournament selections coming up in a few weeks. “This is another Division I team and if we can beat them, it will help us in the Central District.”

The win keeps the Vikings (12-3) rolling into Friday’s matchup at Fairfield Union (13-3). The Vikings are unbeaten in league play (10-0) while the Falcons are in second at 7-1. The Falcons are scheduled to be in Circleville Wednesday before hosting TV. 

Logan (1-15) heads to Central Crossing Saturday night. 

(Thank you to Craig Dunn of The Logan-Hocking Times for the expanded box score information below.)

Teays Valley 67, Logan 49

Logan — Jackson Stimmel 3-0-6, Kohen Maynard 1 3-3 6, Jacob Burke 5 2-3 14, Owen Bell 2-0-6, Max Black 2-0-4, Simon Pierce 4-0-8, Cayden Alford 2 1-3 5. Three-point goals — Bell (2), Burke (2), Maynard. Total — 19 6-9 49. 3-pt FG: Bell 2, Burke 2, Maynard.

Teays Valley — Kole Nungester 4 2-2 13, Brody Fields 6 1-2 13, Ryan Allton 4-0-10, Brayden Primmer 4-0-8, Sam Miller 9 3-6 21, Ivan Smith 1-0-2. Three-point goals — Nungester (3), Allton (2). Total —28 6-10 67.

Quarter scores 1 2 3 4 F

Logan 16 12 7 14 49

Teays Valley 16 12 24 15 67

FG: Logan 19-54 (.352), TV 28-56 (.500). 3-pt FG: Logan 5-11 (.455), TV 5-13 (.385). FT: Logan 6-9 (.667), TV 6-10 (.600). Rebounds: Logan 28 (Alford 8, Stimmel 5), TV 36 (Miller 10, Nungester 7, Allton 4, Primmer 4, Burgett 4). Assists: Logan 11 (Black 5), TV 8 (Allton 4, Fields 3). Steals: Logan 3, TV 7 (Allton 4). Turnovers: Logan 10, TV 7. Fouls: Logan 9, TV 10. JV: Logan 53, TV 50. 9G: TV 41, Logan 19.

Kole Nungester grabs one of the seven rebounds he had to go with 13 points in Tuesday’s win. (see more game photos)
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