Eli Reicks (10) finds a lane around a TigerHawk player during Tuesday’s 57-48 win. (Photo courtesy of Emily Koch Photography)
Eli Reicks (10) finds a lane around a TigerHawk player during Tuesday’s 57-48 win. (Photo courtesy of Emily Koch Photography)

It was time for the Turkey Valley boys’ basketball team (9-3, 7-2 UIC) to get revenge on the loss against North Fayette Valley that began the season. Tuesday night, the Trojans found what they were looking for as they traveled to West Union for the 57-48 win.

“We knew going into the game that we were going to have to play 32 minutes of hard-nosed basketball and be mentally locked in for that amount of time too,” said Coach Chris Sullivan. “Right now we have kids who are buying into their roles on the team and are ready to contribute when their number is called. This was a hard fought win for us and we are proud of the effort the kids put forth.”

In a game that went back-and-forth throughout the first half, the Trojans scraped out a 21-20 halftime lead by boxing out on shots and playing stellar defense.

The second half was quite similar to the first except the intensity level was amped up by both squads, leading to a 35-all score after the third quarter.

With a slim lead, the tides turned in the Trojans’ favor when they got a stop on defense and a TigerHawk fouled Ethan Leibold and added a technical foul to sweeten the pot. Leibold stepped up to the charity stripe, knocking down all four free throws. When the final buzzer erupted, Turkey Valley came out the victor, 57-48.

Big numbers rolled in for Ethan Leibold once again with 30 points and 17 rebounds. Eli Nymeyer chipped in 16 points, including a trio of treys.

“Eli Reicks did a great job of running the show tonight, getting players to the right spots and staying on attack mode throughout the night,” praised Sullivan. “Other players may not have had big numbers in the stat categories, but their toughness on the defensive end and their unselfish play on offense was the difference in the game.”

There are two more games for the Trojans this week as they host Tripoli tonight (Thursday, Jan. 10) at 7:30 p.m. and load up the bus Friday, Jan. 11, to visit West Central.