CORRECTIONVILLE - The River Valley boys lost two close basketballl games here last week.
Missed free throws and turnovers really hurt the Wolverines, as they dug themselves a big hole and couldn't recover. Zak Gander had a big night for RV with a double-double of 18 points 11 boards, while Brennan Riedemann added 16 points and had four steals. Slow starts have plagued River Valley this season, as they have had huge halftime deficits to overcome in several games. They have usually been able to make the games close, but coach Dean Norris said the Wolverines "haven't been able to put four quarters together" yet this year, though he says the players are "working hard in practice to turn this around."
On Saturday, RV lost a 47-43 non-conference heartbreaker to South O'Brien after being up by four points with just over a minute to go, after rallying from a deficit that was at 14 points at one time.
Brody Riedemann led RV in scoring with 20 points , while his brother Brennan added 10 and also dished out four assists, Blane Cullen pulled down 10 rebounds and added five steals for River Valley.
Coach Norris said, "We have been playing much better lately, but still haven't been able to close games out in the end. The kids continue to play and practice hard," he added, "and I think we will get things turned around after the holidays.
"This was out best effort this year, but unfortunately we turned the ball over a couple of times in the end and fouled, which stopped the clock, and to their credit., South O'Brien was able to take advantage of this."