Timberwolves race past Riverside 91-72 for sixth consecutive victory
HUNTINGTON — Spring Valley ran its boys basketball win streak to six games Friday with a 91-72 win over Mountain State Athletic Conference foe Riverside at the Wolves’ Den.
Since a 99-85 loss to South Charleston on Dec. 14, Spring Valley has run its record to 6-2 (2-1 in the MSAC) and Friday’s win was done with offense Riverside couldn’t contain.
C.J. Meredith led the way for the Timberwolves with a game high 33 points, with 20 of those coming in the first half. Right behind him was Graeson Malashevich, who recorded a triple-double with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
“C.J. is a good offensive player,” Spring Valley head coach Cory Maynard said. “He’s one of the better in the state.”
Spring Valley opened the game with a 10-0 run through 4:22 of the first quarter and built a lead of 18-2 when Riverside’s Javonte Elzy took over, scoring seven unanswered points to cut the Timberwolves’ lead in half. A Malashevich layup with 30 seconds remaining ended the drought and Spring Valley tacked on one more field goal to close the period with a nine-point lead.
The Timberwolves started the second period with the first six points and opened a 48-29 halftime lead despite Meredith picking up two quick fouls midway through the second period. Meredith still scored half of Spring Valley’s 26 second-quarter points.
Riverside took advantage of Spring Valley turnovers in the third period to set up Elzy for 3-pointers. The turnovers also resulted in fast-break points to Jeremiah Mason. Elzy finished the night with 29 points to lead the Warriors.
The Warriors cut the deficit to 14 points with 29 seconds remaining in the third period. That’s when Spring Valley’s Nate Ellis was fouled by the Warriors, but also whistled for a technical foul on the play. Ellis made one of his free throws and Riverside’s Todd Douglas converted one of his two technical free throws. Malashevich got a steal on the Riverside possession for a wide-open layup to prevent the Warriors from cutting the lead further.
Spring Valley did a better job of controlling its turnovers in the fourth period and Mason fouled out for Riverside, finishing with 15 points, and the Timberwolves put the game away. With 1:50 remaining, Maynard cleared his bench with an 83-61 lead.
“We got out and ran. We got everybody involved,” said Meredith, a junior. “My teammates did a good job of finding me and getting the ball to me.”
Spring Valley’s win was also the first game at home since the Timberwolves defeated South Point on Dec. 21 — a four-game stretch during which a scheduled home game with Woodrow Wilson was canceled.
The Timberwolves will be at the Hatfield-McCoy Shootout facing Wesley Christian in a Saturday game at the Williamson Fieldhouse.
Riverside (1-10) dropped its second straight game. The Warriors are 0-5 against MSAC competition.
“We had some crucial turnovers, but the guys are playing hard and proud of them for doing that with the record that we have,” Warriors head coach D.J. Johnson said. “We keep getting better and better and can make a run here toward sectionals.”
RIVERSIDE 13 16 22 21 — 72: Elzy 29, Mason 15, Massey 7, Douglas 6, Walker 4, E. Williams 8, Hess 3.
SPRING VALLEY 22 26 19 24 — 91: Meredith 32, Nester 9, Maynard 7, Ellis 10, Malashevich 20, Booth 7, Ball 2, Ferguson 4.