POINT PLEASANT - The Ripley High boys basketball team opened up their season right on point and yes, the result was pleasant.
The Vikings took down the Big Blacks of Point Pleasant, 47-37 on the road Tuesday night before an enthusiastic crowd.
The home team got off to a quick 8-0 run in the first, much in part to Viking turnovers and the hot shooting of guard Dillon McCarty. Once the Vikings settled down into their offense, they began to heat up the net. The game was close throughout with Ripley pulling away for good in the final period.
Coach Craig Harmon's blue and white crew were one point away from having four starters in double figures in scoring, a tribute to their "team first" mantra of 2012-'13.
Senior guard Casy Smith made his presence and experience known. He was 2-of-3 on 3-point attempts and shot 56-percent from the field.
Point guard Jacob Haynes had three steals and dished out five assists and to his teammates in his first game since taking over the position on a full time basis.
While returning leading scorer Kade Harrison was having trouble getting his shots fall on this night, his presence in the offense was felt and he yanked down eight boards to help his team.
The most efficient play of the game came from 5-man Chuck Sleboda. The 6-3 senior drained 67-percent of his shots and snagged eight rebounds.
Even in their (2-18) effort last season, the Vikes played above average defensively and they look to be continuing that trend in 2012-'13.
While substitutes were used sparingly in the game, the Ripley starting five were the only scorers in the contest. Both teams committed 19 turnovers.
For Ripley, Casy Smith led with 15 points, Kade Harrison and Chuck Sleboda netted 10, Jacob Haynes added nine and Drew Harpold spun the nets for three.