The long season continues for the Sandy Valley boys basketball squad. It got much longer on Tuesday evening when they traveled to Tuscarawas Central Catholic to take on a much improved Saints squad.
"TCC is a much improved team from the first time we played them," said SV head man Gary Offenberger. "They played this game like I thought they would at the beginning of the year."
The Saints raced out to a 33-13 halftime lead and never lost it as they dominated the Cardinals from start to finish in a 63-27 route.
In the final 16 minutes of play, the Saints (7-8, 5-4) continued to pour it on as they scored 30 points in the second half compared to just 14 by the Cardinals.
Leading the scoring for Sandy Valley was Nate Shepler, who poured in a team high 10 points while adding three assists and two steals.
Austin Neisel added seven points while teammate Zach Schlimm posted five points. Tyler Hunter also chipped in with five for the visitors.
"Unfortunately, we couldn't control the glass and gave them second scoring opportunities," said Offenberger on his team's inability to rebound. "When you give a team that shoots the ball as well as TCC does multiple opportunities, it really hurts your chances to compete."
The Cardinals shot just 7-of-29 from the field while TCC downed 26 of their 49 field goal attempts for an impressive 53 percent.
Sandy Valley made 9 of their 11 attempts from the charity stripe as TCC sunk three of their six.
TCC outrebounded Sandy Valley by the count of 29-14. Walker Grossman led the Cardinals with four rebounds.
The Cardinal boys looked to end their 11 game losing streak on Friday night but mother nature stepped in the way and the contest was cancelled. A make-up date has yet to be determined.
Sandy Valley ends the week with an overall record of 2-14 and 1-8 in the InterValley Conference.
The Cards will return to action this Friday night when they welcome People's Baptist Academy into Sandy Valley High School. This will also mark the homecoming game for Sandy Valley. Tip-off for the junior varsity is set for 6 p.m. with homecoming festivities to begin before the varsity game begins.
Looking ahead to the future, the boys will then host Strasburg on Tuesday, Dec. 5 before welcoming the Garaway Pirates to Sandy Valley High School on Friday night, Dec. 8. Both games are set to tip at 6 p.m.