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Falcons get 1st NCC win

MOUNT BLANCHARD — One night after falling into a first-quarter hole that led to a loss, the Riverdale boys basketball team started fast and took its first North Central Conference victory of the year, 65-53, against Galion on Saturday night.
The Falcons (4-6, 1-4 NCC) got 22 points from Lee Holderman and 14 points and 14 rebounds from Grant Loveridge to end a six-game losing streak after a 3-0 start. Jimmy Fox and Chad Pever added 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Coming off a loss to Colonel Crawford in which they fell behind 21-6 after one quarter, Riverdale jumped out to a 19-5 lead against the Tigers. Galion (3-7, 2-3 NCC) fought back, cutting its deficit to 30-20 at halftime and 40-33 at the end of three quarters, but Riverdale pulled away late.
Ridge Durbin and Houston Blair paced the Tigers with 14 points apiece. Durbin hit four 3-pointers but it took him 12 attempts to get them and finished 5 of 20. Tony Kirk and Lucas Bohach added nine and eight points, respectively.
Led by Loveridge, who entered the week averaging 3.5 points and 4.0 rebounds, the Falcons won the battle of the boards, 29-27. Durbin had eight boards for the Tigers.
Riverdale shot the ball well, making 21 of 39 attempts from the field and 21 of 31 free throw tries. Holderman went 11 of 13 at the line. Galion was just 19 of 62 from the field and 11 of 22 at the foul line.
Galion won the junior varsity game, 50-43.
The Falcons host Buckeye Central at 6 p.m. Saturday.

GALION (3-7, 2-3 NCC): Durbin 5-0-14, Blair 5-4-14, Kirk 3-3-9, Bohach 3-2-8, Valentine 0-2-2, Huggins 1-0-2, Radcliff 1-0-2, Rinehart 1-0-2. Totals 19-62 11-22 65.
RIVERDALE (4-6, 1-4 NCC): Holderman 5-11-22, Loveridge 7-0-14, Fox 5-0-11, Pever 2-6-10, Rickle 1-2-4, Frey 1-2-4. Totals 21-39 21-31 53.
3-point goals: Durbin 4, Holderman, Fox.
Score by quarters
Riverdale    19    11    10    25    — 65
Galion    5    15    13    20    — 53
Junior varsity: Galion won, 50-43.

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