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WILLOW WOOD – Just when it looked like the Symmes Valley Vikings had another victory, something went wrong.

Saturday, February 03, 2001

WILLOW WOOD – Just when it looked like the Symmes Valley Vikings had another victory, something went wrong.

Actually, a couple of things went wrong.

A crucial turnover and a missed foul shot opened the door as the Portsmouth East Tartans rallied to edge the Vikings 58-57 Friday in a Southern Ohio Conference game.

"We played good basketball. We shot the ball well. We just made some little mistakes that came back to haunt us," Vikings coach Alvin Carpenter said.

Symmes Valley had a 3-point lead when a turnover gave the ball back to East. Jerry Jordan scored and the lead was now one.

With 15 seconds left, East went for the foul and got it, but the Vikings missed the front end of a one-and-one and Jordan again took the ball to the other end and scored to give East the win.

"This was a tough one. But we just have to regroup and go back at it the next time," Carpenter said.

The game was tied 15-15 after the first quarter and East led 30-28 at the half.

Adam Corn then scored eight points and Justin Myers six the third quarter as the Vikings came back to take a 45-41 lead.

That set the stage for the wild finish.

Corn led all the Vikings with 25 points as he hit 9-of-17 shot including 7-of-13 from 3-point .

New Boston 62, Green 52

NEW BOSTON – Look out for that speed bump.

Just when the Green Bobcats thought they were in good shape in the Southern Ohio Conference race, they ran into the New Boston Tigers.

Green went into Friday’s game leading the SOC by one game over Beaver Eastern. But New Boston, the last place team, pulled off a 62-52 upset to leave Green tied for first place as Eastern beat Portsmouth Notre Dame.

"We just didn’t play well. We got the lead up to nine, and then we just made too many mistakes and lost the game," Green coach Kevin Lewis said.

Alex Poe had 16 points and seven rebounds to pace Green, 8-7 and 8-2 in the SOC. Ben Dyer added 12 points and six assists.

James Bishop had a game-high 23 points to pace New Boston. Dan Kirkendall added 12 points and B. J. Darling 11.

Brad Bainer had five points the first quarter as Green went ahead 14-13 despite eight points by Bishop.

The Bobcats were up 25-23 at the half as Poe scored six points the second quarter. Kirkendall and Bishop scored five points each for New Boston.

Green extended its lead ever so slightly again in the third quarter to 38-35, but then Darling got all 11 of his points the fourth quarter and New Boston exploded for 27 points to rally for the win.

South Point 69, Coal Grove 61

SOUTH POINT – Shane Holsinger made his move, and the South Point Pointers followed his lead to get the lead.

Holsinger hit three key baskets in the third quarter to trigger a Pointers rally as they came back to get past the Coal Grove Hornets 69-61 Friday in an Ohio Valley Conference game.

The game was tied 20-20 after the first quarter before the Hornets took a 35-34 halftime lead.

With the Pointers trailing in the third quarter, Holsinger hit two baskets and a 3-pointer to put his team ahead. South Point led 55-45 at the end of the quarter.

"Shane Holsinger made some great moves and hit three huge baskets. That changed the game. That finally gave us the lead and put the pressure on them," Pointers coach Mark Lafon said.

Coal Grove came back to within two points late, but Holsinger made 8-of-9 from the foul line as the Pointers held on for the win. The Pointers were 20-of-26 from the line for the game and 11-of-15 the fourth quarter.

"We didn’t play well, but we weathered through it and we did it without (injured) Jarred (Perdue)," Lafon said.

"Coal Grove played great team ball against us. They broke our press all night. Give them credit."

Holsinger finished with 28 points and eight rebounds. Bryan Maggard had a career-high 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Willie Anderson grabbed six rebounds.

Fairland 68, Rock Hill 50

PEDRO – The Fairland Dragons went inside and out.

Using the outside shooting of Josh Dunfee and Chris Dinwiddie along with the inside power of Glen Chapman, the Dragons downed the Rock Hill Redmen 68-50 Friday in an Ohio Valley Conference game.

Dunfee and Dinwiddie scored 12 points each with their outside shooting, and Chapman was 9-of-9 from the field from his post position for 18 points.

Fairland (3-12, 2-4 OVC) enjoyed its best shooting night of the season with 28-of-49 from the floor for 57 percent.

Rock Hill (3-11, 1-5) was led by David Schug with 22 points and Gabe Ruggles scored 12.

Chapman scored eight points the first quarter to offset eight points by Schug as Fairland took a 16-14 lead.

The defense limited Rock Hill to six points the second quarter as Schug went to the bench with three fouls. Dinwiddie had five points including a 3-pointer as Fairland pulled away to a 32-20 halftime lead.

Chapman and Dunfee scored six each the third quarter and the lead was 46-32. Schug had nine points for the Redmen.