DRESDEN, Ohio — Tri-Valley senior Jake Mcloughlin has been voted the WHIZ-TV high school basketball player of the week.
Mcloughlin scored 15 points and grabbed 34 rebounds in Tri-Valley’s 58-33 win over the Crooksville Ceramics last week. The win, paired with a John Glenn loss to Sheridan, left the Scotties alone atop the MVL standings.
“Our defensive approach was very critical. We came out and got stops, and we were able to push the ball and get some early points and jump on them from the start so it went well,” Mcloughlin explained.
Mcloughlin’s 34 rebounds set both a school record and MVL record. It also tied him for 15th most in state history, and Jake is the only player in the top-25 to do it in the 21st century. Mcloughlin said he didn’t realize just how many rebounds he was racking up until a teammate brought it to his attention at halftime.
“I first noticed at halftime. One of my teammates came up to me and said, ‘Dude, do you realize how many rebounds you have?’ And I said ‘no’, so I eventually made it a goal to get however many I could and I’m really glad I could break the record,” he smiled.
The Scotties spent Monday’s practice preparing for a big match-up with John Glenn on Tuesday night. If the Scotties defeat the Little Muskies, they will be in position to claim the MVL title all by themselves. However, if John Glenn gets the win at The Fish Tank, they can earn a two-way share of the title.
“There’s huge implications on this game. We’re very focused, we want this all to ourselves. So we’re going to do everything we can to come out with a win,” said Mcloughlin.
The award is the second time the Scottie senior has taken home Player of the Week Honors this season, and he credits the support of his teammates, coaches, and community for helping achieve success.
“Our support is great, my support is great. Our teammates, we love our environment we play in every night. Our support from our coaches too and then our younger guys even. It’s a great feeling,” he added.
After Tuesday night’s match-up with John Glenn in New Concord, Tri-Valley hosts Philo at the Dawg House on Friday. Two wins would see the Scotties crowned MVL Champions.