Tigers top River View, 48-37

MARIETTA – There weren’t too many offensive fireworks in Sutton Gymnasium Friday night, but Marietta High used a 21-8 fourth quarter to rally for a 48-37 ECOL victory over River View on “Senior Night.”

It was the final home game for Tiger seniors Cameron Benson, Reid Chwalek, Ethan Strauss and Derek Amrine. Senior Jordan Satterfield (injured) did not play but was also recognized.

“It’s really emotional,” Benson said. “A lot of memories on this court.”

Benson led the Tigers with four assists and also contributed seven points and four rebounds.

“We had shots all game,” Benson said. “We always say we’re still shooters, just keep shooting and they’ll fall when they need to fall. They fell tonight late.”

Hunter Winegar hit a 3-pointer to start the game, but Benson made it 3-2 on a mid-range jumper via an assist from Amrine. John Rice then scored four straight points for the Black Bears to stretch the lead to 7-2.

Junior Braden Riley, who had a game-high 13 points, scored three consecutive baskets to give the Tigers their first lead of the game at 8-7.

Winegar hit a triple to put River View up 10-8 at the end of the first quarter.

Marietta opened the second period with four straight points on a Riley basket and a put back by sophomore Jonathan Wood to take a 12-10 lead.

River View fired back with a bucket by John Dart and a free throw from Tyler Triplett to retake the lead. Freshman John Henry drained a 3-pointer, but Matt Brillhart responded with back-to-back 3s of his own to put River View up 19-15. After a freebie from Dart, Riley connected on a shot to make the score 20-17 at the half, in favor of the Black Bears.

After a free throw by Benson tied it at 36 in the fourth, Chwalek handed out back-to-back assists on a 3-pointer by Hill and a layup by Henry to stretch Marietta’s lead to 41-36. The Tigers then scored seven of the game’s final eight points to secure the victory.

River View was led by Winegar’s 12 points.

To go along with Riley’s 13 and Benson’s seven, Hill added nine points and Chwalek had eight.

The Tigers, now 7-11, face a tough stretch ahead, as they travel to Athens today to play the Bulldogs and then go up against Warren Tuesday in Barlow.