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Pirates top RV, 63-56, to advance

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Galva-Holstein's Taylor Nees goes up for a basket against a River Valley defender during the Pirates' narrow tourney win over RV. Photo by Reta Todd
WVC arch-rivals meet for 4th time this season

HOLSTEIN - Western Valley Conference rivals Galva-Holstein and River Valley squared off for the fourth time this season on Feb. 24th, but this time out something was on the line - a spot in the Class 1A District 3 Championship game. In a game that was close all the way, the Pirates of Bob Lee beat the senior-laden River Valley squad by seven points, 63-56,and it will be the Pirates who move on to the Championship game against a tough Laurens-Marathon team on Feb. 26th at Mapleton. L-M has beaten Newell-Fonda and Alta to get to this point.

Galva-Holstein coach Lee said he was proud of his team for keeping their composure in the second half and executing the offense "real well." He also singled out Patrick McAreavy and Mark Cronin for their defensive performance, especially in the fourth quarter.

River Valley's Ethan Todd boxes out Galva-Holstein's Isaiah MIller as Todd's teammate Austin Hanson closes in to help out during G-H's big 1A tournament win in Holstein. Photo by Reta Todd
Taylor Nees led the Pirates with 17 points and 14 rebounds, and the big senior also had three assists, two steals, and blocked two shots. McAreavy was right behind in scoring, with 16 points, and also had three steals on the defensive end of the court. Cronin and point guard Jordan Else also scored in double figures, with 10 points apiece. Cronin also grabbed four boards and Else had four steals and four assists.

RV had the lead after one quarter,14-11; the game was tied at the half, 32-32; and GH led 47-44 going into the final quarter. With just 46 seconds left in the game, the Pirates' lead was still just three points, but, said RV coach Dean Norris, "(We) could not hit the shot to tie it, and they made their free throws down the stretch to seal the game."

Zach Hullinger ended his career with a 22-point effort for RV, while fellow senior Anthony Volkert added 16 points and nine rebounds. Austin Hansen had three steals for the Wolverines and Sam Lundt dished out seven assists.

Patrick McAreavy of Galva-Holstein, middle, battles for ball possession with two River Valley players in boys Tournament basketball action in Holstein. Photo by Reta Todd
RV has seven seniors on the team, three of whom were three-year starters.

Despite the loss, River Valley coach Dean Norris termed his team's season a "very successful one." The Wolverines compiled a 12-8 mark on the season (6-3 in conference play), and four of those losses came at the hands of the 20-3 Pirates.

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