The Patriots were shell-shocked on a 4-point play in the waning seconds of the game falling to D3 Fairland in the Ironton Basketball Classic. (Dale Barger Photo)

Fairland 4-point Play Sinks TV in Ironton Basketball Classic

IRONTON – The Tri-Village boys basketball team participated in the Ironton Basketball Classic taking on DIII Fairland (Proctorville) in the 6:30pm match-up. The Patriots trailed early 4-0 but soon overcame the long 3 1/2 hour Southern Ohio to Ironton in Lawrence County on the Ohio River. 

They ended the first quarter on a 9-0 run for 19-10 lead and did it by executing their sets with Wilson Suggs scoring 6 points, Layne Sarver 4, Dalton Delong 3 and Josh Scantland, Ty Linkous and Justin Finkbine each scoring 2 points in the frame.

The 2nd quarter was a stalemate with both teams locking in on defense and just 7 points on the board for both squads with TV holding a 26-17 lead at the break.

When Justine Finkbine scored inside at the 4:54 mark of the 3rd period the Patriots took their largest lead of the game of 11 points 30-19.  

Fairland has a team that can shoot the three-ball and thus far made just 2 in the game by Aiden Porter who averages 25 points a game. Last season he was Southeast District Player of the Year and TV was doing a decent job of slowing him down and making him work for shots.

But they didn’t account for JD Thacker and Chase Allen as the duo combed for 7 of the 9 triples made by the Dragons, all in the 2nd half.  They heated up behind the arch and closed the gap to 38-37 by the end of the 3rd quarter.

Tri-Village Layne Sarver picked up his 4th foul on a questionable charge midway through period and sat the bench the remainder of the 3rd and part of the 4th quarter.  

Despite that Tri-Village found another way to score in the final stanza. Using good ball movement and back screens they would find Josh Scantland on the block where he would score 10 of his 12 points in the 4th quarter.  Scantland’s fielder at 3:24 put TV up 50-39 and for the second time they held an 11-point lead seemingly in control of the game.

With Tri-Village leading 53-44 Chase Allen connected on his 3rd triple and then JD Thacker scored 7 of his game high 21 points in the last couple of minutes.  TV led 53-52 but missed the front end of a one-and-one with 40 seconds to go and Aiden Porter let the clock run before attacking and kicking the ball out to the corner to Thacker who drained the triple and drew a foul for a 4-point play stunning Tri-Village to go up 56-53 with seconds left to play.

TV was unable to get a good shot off to try and tie the game in what would be a very disappointing loss in the waning seconds of the game.

The Patriots played well enough at times and in fact shot 54% from the floor indicating how well they executed their offense. But careless turnovers and soft close-outs on defense in the second half allowed Fairland to heat up from the perimeter.

TV had 4 players in double figures Layne Sarver and Josh Scantland each had 12 points and Wilson Suggs & Justin Finkbine each had 10 points.

Josh Scantland’s play in the 4th quarter would earn him the Tournament Player of Game for the Patriots.

TV falls to 5-2 overall and will host Fort Recovery at home Thursday.

Score by Quarters:

Fairland 10 … 7 … 20 … 19 – 56

Tri-Village 19 … 7 … 12 … 15 – 53

Team Scoring:

FAIRLAND (7-1): Will Davis 1-2 0-1 0-0 2, Aiden Porter 3-7 2-8 2-4 14, Ethan Taylor 3-5 0-1 0-0 6, Zion Martin 0-0 0-0 0-6 0, J.D. Thacker 3-4 4-6 2-2 21, Zach Tooley 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Chase Allen 0-0 3-8 0-0 9, Steeler Leep 1-3 0-0 0-0 2, Brycen Hunt 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Brody Buchanan 1-1 0-0 0-0 2. Totals: 21-46 4-12 56. 3-pt goals: 9-24. Rebounds: 23 

TRI-VILLAGE (5-2): Dalton Delong 0-2 1-3 0-2 3, Wilson Suggs 3-6 0-0 4-4 10, Josh Scantland 5-7 0-1 2-3 12, Jason Hale 0-0 0-0 1-2 1, Layne Sarver 4-6 1-3 1-2 12, Seth Cook 0-0 0-0 1-2 1, Ty Linkous 1-1 0-0 0-0 2, Tanner Printz 1-2 0-0 0-0 2, Justin Finkbine 4-5 0-0 2-2 10. Totals: 20-36 11-17 53. 3-pt goals: 2-7. Rebounds: 29

Wilson Suggs goes in hard for 2 of his 10 points in the game against Fairland at the Ironton Basketball Classic. (Dale Barger Photo)
Dalton Delong split the Defenders to get to the rim for this lay-up in Ironton Basketball Classic. (Dale Barger Photo)
Justin Finkbine scored 10 point including this bucket inside at the Ironton Basketball Classic. (Dale Barger Photo)
Fairland's Aiden Porter the D3 Southeast District Player of the Year tries to defend Layne Sarver the D4 Southwest District Player of the Year on this triple. (Dale Barger Photo)
Tri-Village Josh Scantland and Fairland JD Thacker were Players of the Game in the Ironton Basketball Classic. (Dale Barger Photo)

Dale Barger / Sports Editor

Dale Barger is a lifelong sports enthusiast and has covered high school athletics for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio and now becomes sports editor for Darke County now. For 18 years Dale has been a sportswriter for The Daily Advocate and has been published in online sorts magazines and conference websites. Dale is also an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years. Dale is a member of The Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association and was a 2019 recipient of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Southwest District Media Service Award. Dale lives on a 72-acre farm outside of New Madison, Ohio and is married to Rita Ann (Fourman) Barger and together they have two sons and three grandkids. If you don’t see Dale at a sporting event you might catch him following his other passion – photographing nature and wildlife. Contact Darke County Now Editor Media Sports Editor Dale Barger at

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