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Mississinawa Valley sent its seniors off in style Friday with a 74-52 victory over Cross County
Conference rivals Bethel. Senior Devon Rinderle led the seniors with 15 points while Colyn Nelson
netted 13 and Dalton Geesy 11 in support. CNO Photos by Dylan Knoop
 
Hawks blast Bees in The Nest
MV wins fifth straight
By George Starks

UNION CITY- With Bethel taking Tri-Village to the limit just a week before, no one could have imagined what would happen next at Mississinawa Valley Friday.

Many thought it would be a lopsided final score with Bethel winning big.

That wasn’t the case!

Like a finely tuned motor getting ready for a 500 mile race, the Mississinawa Valley Blackhawks swooped down and blasted Bethel, 74-52, to push its winning streak to five straight and seven wins in the previous eight games.

It was a senior night that brought out the best in the entire team.

“It wasn’t just two or three of them, it was all seven of them that played,” said Hawks coach Tim Barga. “This was a whole team effort. Everyone stepped up tonight.”

Up 14-7 after one and 31-23 at the break, the Hawks were in total control the whole night.

Even when the Bees made a run, MV had answers and the buzz that the Bees will often bring, was silenced.

On a night when Colyn Nelson, Devon Rinderle and Dalton Geesy would play their last home game in a Hawks uniform, the Hawks played a near perfect game in a win that no one could have predicted.

“We made a few mistakes but not many,” admitted Barga. “We had very few turnovers and that contributed in a big way to this night. I’m happy with this win. I’m not sure when this team had 14 wins in a season but the fans should be happy.”

Mississinawa Valley suffered what many would consider a huge blow in the third quarter when sophomore and leading scorer, Ethan Bowman would set up to take a charge.

The Bethel player, lowered his head and shoulder, running Bowman over.

Bowman went head first into the mat on the wall but was given his fourth foul for a block.

That would eventually put Bowman on the bench and would get Barga off the bench to argue the call.

In the process, Barga would be hit with a technical foul.

With barely half of the third quarter in the books, Barga would be forced to sit the bench but that technical seemed to get the Hawks even more fired up, leading 51-38 at the end of the third.

“I really don’t want to get too many of those but it seemed like the kids exploded more after that happened,” said Barga with a laugh. “We have played well against a lot of teams but here as of late, they are playing like a team. Many of our fans are upset because we’re not getting out and running more bust since we’ve stopped running, we’re winning. We’ve learned how to take care of the ball late in the game. We’ve played some good team and beat them lately. We beat Miami East, Covington, Houston and Betheltonight. These are not slouchy teams.”

Led by Bowman with 18 points, Rinderle added 15 with Nelson and Geesy chipping in with 13 and 11 points each.

“I’m really proud of these boys,” said Barga. “Rinderle has become more of a leader and he’s come a long way over the past couple of years. Now we take the next turn and look toward the tournament.”

The Hawks will take on Houston Friday at 8:30 in Piqua in the opening round of the sectional.

The Hawks popped the Wildcats 55-45 just over a week ago at home.

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Dalton Geesy eyes the bucket.
 
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Ethan Conley hits for two late in the game.
 

 
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