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Dragons down River Valley

BIDWELL — A heartbreaking loss didn’t keep the Fairland Dragons down.

After losing 68-66 in double overtime on Friday, the Dragons rebounded well as they beat the River Valley Raiders 52-38 Tuesday in an Ohio Valley Conference game.

Evan Salyers scored a game-high 20 points and Matt Bloomfield added 10 points to lead the Dragons (11-9, 5-5).

Cody Smith had 11 points for River Valley (5-17, 2-8).

Fairland jumped out to a 16-5 first quarter lead to take control of the game.

River Valley cut the deficit to 26-17 at the half, but the Dragons turned up the defense in the third quarter and outscored the Raiders 13-8 to build a 39-25 cushion.

Fairland 16 10 13 13 = 52

River Valley 5 12 8 13 = 38

FAIRLAND (11-9, 5-5): Jon Baise 2 1 2-4 9, Kyle Taubenheim 1 0 0-0 2, Matt Bloomfield 4 0 2-2 10, Blaine Fuller 1 0 2-2 4, Anthony Dillard 0 0 2-4 2, Eric Riley 0 0 2-2 2, Jonathan Holbrook 1 0 1-2 3, Evan Salyers 10 0 0-0 20, Matt Campbell 0 0 0-0 0. Totals: 19 1 11-16 52.

RIVER VALLEY (5-17, 2-8): Keith Skidmore 0 1 0-0 3, Cody McAvena 1 2 0-0 8, Parker Hollingsworth 1 0 2-2 4, Aaron Harrison 2 0 0-0 4, Kyle Bryant 0 1 0-0 3, Dominique Peck 0 0 4-6 4, Cody Smith 2 2 1-2 11, Austin Lewis 0 0 1-2 1, Derek Flint 0 0 0-0 0, Trey Noble 0 0 0-0 0. Totals: 6 6 8-12 38.