THREE OAKS — The River Valley High School boys basketball team came out strong and never looked back in a Jan. 18 Betty’s Buddies Stampeding Against Cancer game with New Buffalo.
Junior Will Korbel knocked down a pair of three-pointers and totaled 10 points in the first quarter as the home team built a 17-8 advantage.
They would never trail en route to a 63-47 victory.
“The overall thing going through practice the whole week was we need to be aggressive … So we were going to come out … be aggressive, and that’s exactly what we did,” Korbel said. “That’s how we got the job done.”
The Bison got second-period baskets from Brennan Grott, Kaden Parmley and Ben O’Donnell, but the Mustangs increased their lead to 28-15 as Korbel drove to the hoop twice and scored off an offensive rebound, followed by a Matthew Schmidt three-point shot.
New Buffalo cut the margin below double digits (35-26) midway through the third stanza thanks to scores by Parmley, Grott (a “3”) and Tucker Morse. Schmidt scored 10 points over the last three-plus minutes of the third to help RV carry a 46-36 lead into the fourth quarter.
It was a lead the Mustangs would expand by seven points over the game’s final eight minutes thanks to baskets from Tylar Montgomery, Schmidt, Lennon Lange and Josh Clark along with a healthy dose of free throws.
The Bison were held to a pair of field goals (by Grott and Cole Haskins) in the fourth frame.
Korbel paced the Mustangs with 21 points, Schmidt tallied 18 points, Clark scored 9 and Lange added 8.
Grott led New Buffalo with 14 points while Parmley had 13 points.