CENTENARY, Ohio — What a way to start.
The Point Pleasant boys basketball team kicked off its season in style Friday night, defeating host Gallia Academy 64-39 in Gallia County.
The Big Blacks (1-0) tested the deep waters early, scoring nine of their 18 first quarter points from beyond the arc, as they built the 18-10 lead over the Blue Devils (0-4). Point Pleasant expanded its lead by three more points by halftime and held the 33-22 advantage.
Following the intermission the Red, White and Black defense took charge forcing five turnovers and holding GAHS to six points in the third period. PPHS hammered home 15 points in the third and led by 20 points, 48-28 headed into the finale. The Big Blacks outscored Gallia Academy 16-to-11 in the fourth quarter to seal the 64-39 victory.
Wade Martin led PPHS with a double-double effort of 20 points and 15 rebounds with five assists on the night. Alex Somerville chipped in with 12 points and four rebounds, while Nick Templeton marked 10 points and Brian Gibbs added nine.
Aden Yates finished the game with six points, nine rebounds and three assists, while Garrett Norris had five points and seven assists for the victors. Tray Tucker rounded out the PPHS scoring with one point on the night.
The Big Blacks shot 21-of-53 (39.6 percent) from the field and 12-of-25 (48 percent) from the free throw line. Point Pleasant pulled down 37 rebounds, while committing 16 turnovers.
Gallia Academy’s offense was led by Jacob Strieter with seven points, followed by Wade Jarrell with six. Reid Eastman, Mike Putney and Wes Jarrell each marked five points, Isiah Franklin added three, while Kole Carter, Alex White Seth Atkins and Devin Henry each finished with two points.
Wes Jarrell finished with a team-best seven rebounds, followed by Henry with five and the duo of Strieter and Atkins with four each. Wes Jarrell also led the Blue Devils with four assists, followed by Eastman and Wade Jarrell with two each.
The Blue Devils shot 16-of-54 (29.6 percent) from the field and 2-of-8 (25 percent) from the free throw line. GAHS turned the ball over 19 times and grabbed 31 total rebounds.
These teams will meet again on January 24th in Point Pleasant.