THREE OAKS — The River Valley boys basketball team came from behind on Jan. 28 to best Eau Claire 68-60 in a hard-fought BCS White Division showdown.

The Beavers led 18-12 after one quarter as Karmelo Taylor scored 8 points and Damarion Travis added 5.

Patrick Driscoll accounted for half of the Mustangs’ first-period points.

Valley came to life in the second period, with three-point buckets by Ashton McNabb and Josh Seifert long with another big quarter from Driscoll vaulting the home team on top 39-34 at half-time.

The Mustangs defended their lead in the third quarter, with three baskets by Cadden Krieger and scores by Seifert and Driscoll sending RV into the fourth frame with a 50-46 advantage.

Eau Claire made several runs in the final stanza, as Taylor hit two three-pointers to help whittle the margin down to three points (59-56) with three minutes to go.

Driscoll knocked down two clutch shots in the late going while Seifert sank a jumper to build a 63-57 advantage.

“We’re ready for the pressure, we want these big games,” Driscoll said.

Seifert said it felt good to get a win against a good team.

“Every time we’d get a bucket, they’d get a bucket,”

After Taylor’s late three-point play brought the Beavers back within three (63-60), the Mustangs scored five unanswered points at the foul line to seal the win.

Driscoll totaled 25 points while Seifert score 19, Ashton McNabb tallied 11 points and Krieger contributed 10 points.

Taylor (23 points) and Landon Baskin (15) paced Eau Claire.

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