MERCERVILLE, Ohio — It’s never too early to get recognized around the league.
The South Gallia boys basketball team improved to 3-0 in Tri-Valley conference Hocking Division play Friday night with a 79-59 victory over guest Trimble, which was making its season debut.
The Rebels (4-1, 3-0 TVC Hocking) shared the ball and made it work in the opening quarter, as six different players scored en route to 23 points over the first eight minutes. Despite a dry spell of over two minutes the Tomcats (0-1, 0-1) marked 15 points in the first stanza to remain within striking distance.
The Trimble defense stepped up in the second period forcing eight turnovers and holding the Red and Gold to only 10 points. The Tomcats marked 13 in the second and trailed 33-28 at halftime.
Following the intermission the Rebels got the three-pointer working, connecting with three triples in the third period which in turn opened up the inside. South Gallia held THS to 13 points in the third and SGHS led 54-41 with eight minutes to play.
The Red and Silver had their best offensive quarter of the night in the fourth, scoring 18 points. Unfortunately for the Tomcats, South Gallia also had its best offensive period of the night in the fourth, scoring 25 and claiming the 79-59 victory.
The Rebels were led by Landon Hutchinson with 19 points, followed by Brayden Greer and Ethan Swain with 18 apiece. Ethan Spurlock and Joseph Ehman each had eight points, Gus Slone and Dustin Hornsby each marked two points, while Devin Lucas and Jared Calhoun each had one point in the win.
The Rebels shot 27-of-57 (47.4 percent) from the field and 18-of-31 (58.1 percent) from the free throw line. SGHS pulled down 34 rebounds and had 22 turnovers in the win. Landon Hutchinson led the Rebels with eight rebounds, followed by Spurlock and Greer with seven each.
The Tomcats were led by Wyatt Bragg with 18 points, followed by Jake Kish with 10. Dallas Slack, Justice Jenkins and Jacob Koons each marked six points, Konner Standley had five, while Jimmy Ward and Micah Couch both added four in the setback.
Trimble shot 23-of-59 (39 percent) from the field and 7-of-10 (70 percent) from the free throw line. The Tomcats had 30 rebounds and 30 turnovers in the game. Kish led THS with six rebounds, while Couch, Slack and Jenkins each pulled down five.
South Gallia was whistled for 12 fouls in the game, while Trimble was charged with 27 fouls, a bench warning and a technical foul on the coach with 27 seconds remaining.
These teams will meet again on January 24, in Glouster.