CALEDONIA – The Valley boys basketball team began the second half on a 10-0 run, and gained its first lead against Marquand on Thursday night.

The Vikings applied full-court pressure midway through the third quarter, and immediately generated four consecutive turnovers.

Michael Presley finished back to back transition layups to acquire a 31-28 advantage with three minutes remaining in the third.

Presley notched 11 of his team-high 18 points for Valley (1-4) during a tight fourth quarter. Keeton Loughary recorded four of his six rebounds in the final period, and Presley added seven in the 52-50 victory.

Marquand (0-5) remained scoreless in the third quarter until Austin Cook drove baseline to convert a reverse layup with 2:25 on the clock.

Cook frequently earned trips to the foul line down the stretch, and paced all players with 24 points and 11 rebounds.

The Tigers ended 13-of-22 from the free-throw line, while the Vikings made 10 of their 24 attempts. 

Valley held a slim 33-32 edge going into the fourth quarter after forcing nine turnovers in the third. The Tigers committed eight turnovers throughout the entire first half, and held a 28-23 advantage at the break.

Presley and Loughary provided a powerful presence in the post to corral rebounds and extend possessions in the fourth period.

Cook split his final pair of free throws with 14 seconds to play, and narrowed the score to 51-47. However, the Tigers were called for a traveling violation on their next possession after Thaddeus Heifner missed two from the line.

Billy Perry caught a three-quarter court inbounds pass with 2.3 seconds on the clock, and quickly released his third made 3-pointer at the final buzzer.

Valley was scoreless over the first three minutes of the game, but brought the score within 7-5 after Cook and Presley each exchanged 3-pointers midway through the first quarter.

Marquand maintained its early edge by scoring down low and preventing easy looks inside for the Vikings. Brian Driemeier drained his lone shot from beyond the arc to cut the Valley deficit to 14-12 with nine seconds to play.

Perry nailed his second shot from the perimeter on the opening possession of the second quarter, and Cook followed with a completed 3-point play on the next trip.

Skylar Declue made a difference in the post for Valley, and notched all of his six points and four rebounds during the second quarter to keep the game close.

Dylan Turner and Loughary each recorded seven points for the Vikings.

Luke Emmitt posted 10 points and seven rebounds for Marquand.

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