The River Valley Wolverines played two tough Western Valley Conference boys' basketball games last weekend and came away with a split, as well as a third place finish in the conference.
On Friday Jan. 23, Coach Dean Norris' squad traveled to Lawton to take on a tough Lawton-Bronson team, and balanced scoring and good team defense - strong suits of the Wolverine team all season - keyed a 49-41 win over the Eagles.
Austin Hansen scored 13 for RV, and was joined in double figure scoring by Ethan Todd, with 12 and Zach Hullinger, who had 10. Anthony Volkert grabbed 12 rebounds and Ethan Todd had nine. Point guard Sam Lundt dished out six assists, and Volkert added five steals to his impressive rebounding.
Coach Norris said, "The kids are really playing good team basketball right now - finding the open man and playing good, solid defense."
On Saturday night, the Wolverines saw their five game winning streak snapped by the Battle Creek-Ida Grove Falcons, who scored a convincing 19 point win, 74-55.
Coach Norris felt that cold shooting and a lack of rebounding led to the defeat. The Wolverines shot less than 40% from the field and "gave up too many second chance baskets against a team as skilled as BCIG."
Austin Hansen led RV scoring with 16 points and Anthony Volkert had a double-double, scoring 12 and grabbing 11 boards.
Coach Norris said this was the final regular season conference game of the season, and the Wolverines finished third in the conference with a 6-3 mark, trailing Galva-Holstein and Battle Creek-Ida Grove. Their overall mark now stands at 8-4.