A 26-point fourth-quarter offensive explosion, including making 11 of 12 free throws, helped the Vinton County Vikings flip the scoreboard Friday night. The turnaround enabled them to gut out a 62-50 Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division road win over the River Valley Raiders.

What turned the tide for Vinton County was a 12-0 run that ran through a three-minute span that turned a six-point deficit into a six-point deficit (44-38) into a six-point lead (50-44). 

With the win, the Vikings are 11-5 overall (8-1 TVC Ohio) while the Raiders fall to 9-7 (4-5).

The late blitz erased what had been a tough offensive night as the Vikings trailed most of the night.

Three Viking players sparked the comeback with some clutch shots from the field and free-throw line. Eli Radabaugh had three field goals and a tray for nine. Lance Montgomery has a field goal--while also sinking six of six from the line to garner eight points.  Zayne Karr poured in two field goals while he complimented by being 4 of 4  from the charity stripe.

Overall, the Vikings had four players finish in double figures.  Karr had 17 while Montgomery finished with 15 points. Eili Radabagh has 13 while Braylon Damron chipped in 12., The Vikings also received two points each from Brock Hamon and Asa Davidson and a free throw from Boomer Herrold. added a field goal. The Vikings were 21 of 51 (41 percent)  from the field, including a 5 of 19  (26.3 percent) from beyond the arc. The Vikings were also 15 of 24 (62.5) percent from the free-throw line but were 11 of 12 in the final quarter. The Vikings also outrebounded the Raiders by a  44 (11 offensive)-33 (three offensive)

River Valley's Jordan Lambert led all scorers with 26 points and was the only double-digit score. The Raiders made 20-of-50 field goal attempts (40 percent,) including a 3-of-15 (20 percent) effort. The hosts also went 7-of-15 (47 percent) from the free-throw line.

Throughout much of the first three quarters, it appeared as if the Raiders would avenge an earlier loss. In the first quarter, River Valley got off to a 13-10 lead as Jordan Lambert had six points to lead the team. Damron paced the Vikings offensively with a seven-point effort of two field goals and a three-point shot. In the second period, the Raiders stayed in control and forged out to a 28-28 half time lead, Lambert had seven points while Mason Rhodes added five to led the Raiders. The Vikings were led by Karr with six points. In the third quarter, the Vikings started to close the game as they outscored River Valley 16-9. The effort was led by Montgomery who canned three field goals as he led with six points and set the stage for the exciting fourth quarter.

The Vikings are scheduled to return to the court Friday when they host Wellston in a Tri-Valley Ohio Conference Ohio Division contest.  They will also be hosting  Athens in a makeup game on Monday, February 22. This game has been postponed several times due to both COVID 19 and the weather. The Vikings will also open sectional play Thursday, February 25th when traveling to Jackson.