Nester scores 12 in debut as Spring Valley beats South Point 70-46
SPRING VALLEY - The Spring Valley boys basketball team’s gain was South Point’s headache.
Doug Nester’s decision to hold off on early graduation and depart to play college football allowed him to go out for basketball and Friday’s home game against South Point was the first time the senior played on the court since he was an eighth-grader. He made a football commitment to Ohio State, but is looking at his options since head coach Urban Meyer left the Buckeyes.
Nester responded with 12 points in the Timberwolves’ 70-46 win over the Pointers, the first for head coach Cory Maynard this season.
“I think he very easily had more than 10 rebounds,” Maynard said. “He’s a big post presence (6-foot-7, 315 pounds) and he moves well.”
Nester can block shots, too.
That was evident near halftime when the Pointers’ Roger Staggs stole the ball and drove for a layup that would have pulled South Point within two points of a tie, but Nester swatted the attempted shot away and Spring Valley held its 31-27 lead.
“I just saw him break away and I decided I’d go over there and get it,” Nester said.
The play capped a second quarter when Spring Valley (1-2) rallied from a 21-15 deficit to grab the halftime lead. South Point (1-3) heated up early, hitting five 3-point shots in the first period.
Maynard said the Timberwolves lost South Point shooting guard Brody Blackwell when the Pointers had the ball and the senior responded with four 3-pointers in the first half. Blackwell finished with a team-high 15 points.
Spring Valley, however, limited Blackwell to a lone 3-point shot in the fourth quarter for his only points of the second half while Maynard found depth the Timberwolves lacked in their first two games.
Starting guard Brock Booth scored 14 as did Graeson Malashevich coming off the Spring Valley bench. Forward C.J. Meredith, who averaged 31 points in the first two games, was limited to 10.
The 70 points Spring Valley scored was the lowest point total this season for the Timberwolves, but the 46 points allowed was the best defensive performance.
Spring Valley’s next game is Thursday at Parkersburg South. The Timberwolves have their next home game Jan. 8 with St. Albans.
South Point will play its first home game of the season Dec. 29 against South Webster.
SOUTH POINT 21 6 7 12 - 46: Gunther 10, Turner 2, Staggs, 2, Webb 11, Malone 6, Blackwell 15, Badgett 1.
SPRING VALLEY 15 16 12 27 - 70: Maynard 4, Booth 14, Meredith 10, Nester 12, Malashevich 14, Stevenson 5, Ball 7, Ferguson 2, Johnson 2.