WINTERSVILLE - The Indian Creek boys' basketball struggled offensively, while Martins Ferry was able to get good looks inside.
In the end, the Purple Riders used a balanced offensive attack to defeat the Redskins, 62-45, on Friday night at Indian Creek.
Martins Ferry (4-5) led from start to finish and the lead ballooned to as much as 21 points in the fourth quarter.
Though only five Purple Riders scored in the game, four of them scored in double digits, and it was enough to get the job done. Robert Vargo recorded a game-high 21 points, while Arjay Burress and Emilio Appolloni each tallied 12 points and Jake Barritt collected 11 points.
Also, James Edwards scored six points.
"They are both big, but they both are good," Indian Creek coach Joe Dunlevy said about the Purple Riders' inside combination of Vargo and Appolloni. ''Appolloni can shoot it from 15 feet. He has a nice stroke. We knew that. We have trouble against size."
Two players reached double digits for the Redskins. Jonathan Haught tallied a team-high 17 points, while Aaron Foldi finished with 15 points.
"Joe is a great friend of mine, and he is an outstanding coach," Martins Ferry coach Jeff Sabatino said. "His kids always play hard, and they did that. His kids are always intense, and they were. We did a good job of matching their intensity."