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Ferguson gives CG 41-40 win

BIDWELL — It all fell into Evan Ferguson’s hands.

Ferguson got the ball with five seconds left, drove the length of the floor and hit a 5-foot jumper in the lane with 1.2 second left to play and lifted the Coal Grove Hornets to a 41-40 win over the River Valley Raiders Friday in an Ohio Valley Conference game.

Dominique Peck came up with a steal and then hit a 15-footer with 7.6 seconds left to put River Valley up 40-39.

Ferguson then took the inbounds pass and made his go-ahead shot. River Valley got off an unsuccessful half court heave before the final buzzer.

River Valley (3-11, 2-6) led 13-12 at the end of the first quarter and each team scored 9 points in the second quarter to make it 22-21 at the half.

The Hornets came back to take a 30-28 lead at the end of the third quarter and set up the exciting finish.

Oakie Haynes had 11 points to lead Coal Grove. Wayne Sparks and Devin Monnier added 9 points each.

River Valley was led by Aaron Harrison, Cody Smith and Peck with 9 points each.

Coal Grove is now 13-5 overall and 5-4 in the OVC. The Hornets host South Point Tuesday in their final league game. The Lady Hornets will play Rock Hill at 5 p.m. in a varsity-only makeup game.

Coal Grove 12 9 9 11 = 41

River Valley 13 9 6 12 = 40

COAL GROVE (13-5, 5-4): Evan Ferguson 1 0 2-2 4, Wayne Sparks 4 0 1-3 9, Oakie Haynes 5 0 1-3 11, Cody Damron 2 1 1-2 8, Devin Monnier 3 1 0-0 9, Dion Cunningham 0 0 0-0 0. Totals: 15 2 5-10 41.

RIVER VALLY (3-11, 2-6): Trey Noble 1 1 0-0 5, Cody McAvena 3 0 0-0 6, Parker Hollingsworth 2 0 0-2 4, Aaron Harrison 3 0 3-4 9, Dominque Peck 3 0 1-2 7, Cody Smith 0 3 0-0 9, Kyle Bryant 0 0 0-0 0. Totals: 12 4 4-8 40.