Point Pleasant tames Wildcats, 71-47
Alex Hawley firstname.lastname@example.org
POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Taking care of the basketball is a huge part of winning.
The Point Pleasant boys basketball team committed just six turnovers Wednesday night as the Big Blacks cruised to a 71-47 victory over visiting Nitro.
The Big Blacks (2-0) held Nitro (0-2) scoreless for the opening four minutes of play and lead 6-0. The Wildcats rallied back and trailed just 14-to-12 at the end of the first quarter. The PPHS offense got hot in the second quarter, putting up 22 points and taking the 36-24 lead into the half.
Following the intermission the Big Blacks turned up the defensive intensity, holding the Wildcats to five points in the third period and pushing the lead to 53-29 with eight minutes to play. Both teams marked 18 points in the finale and PPHS took the 71-47 victory.
Wade Martin led the Big Blacks with 23 points, followed by Alex Somerville with 18 and Aden Yates with 10. Brian Gibbs marked nine points, Nick Templeton had six, while Evan Potter rounded out the PPHS scoring with five points.
Point Pleasant finished the game with 21 rebounds, six turnovers and nine assists. The Big Blacks shot 19-of-31 (61.3 percent) from the free throw line in the triumph. Martin and Somerville each made a pair of three pointers to lead PPHS.
Nitro was led by Buck Shepherd with 15 points and J.P. Mawyer with 11. Tyler Barton marked six points, Neal Sallada had five, while Ian Lee and Chris Klocke each marked three. Josiah Bosley and Jamie Buckalew rounded out the NHS scoring with two points each.
The Wildcats committed 19 turnovers, had 14 rebounds and shot 9-of-16 (56.3 percent) from the free throw line.
These teams will meet again on February 18, when the Big Blacks travel to Nitro.
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