POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — A 38-24 second half run ultimately made the difference for visiting Parkersburg South Friday night following a 58-39 victory over the Point Pleasant boys basketball team in a non-conference matchup in Mason County.
In a battle of previously-unbeaten teams, it was the Big Blacks (2-1) who suffered their first loss of the season after the Patriots (3-0) gave the hosts fits with a 3-2 zone defense. PPHS only once broke double digits in scoring during a quarter, and that came in the final eight minutes of play.
PSHS jumped out to a small 7-6 edge after eight minutes of play, then the guests followed with a 13-9 run in the second canto to secure a 20-15 lead at the intermission.
The Patriots then went on a 15-7 surge in the third period for a 35-21 advantage before closing regulation with a 23-17 run to wrap up the 19-point triumph.
The Big Blacks made seven of their 12 field goals in the first three quarters of play before burying five trifectas in the fourth stanza. The hosts were also 9-of-13 at the free throw line for 69 percent.
Wade Martin led PPHS with 11 points, nine of which came in the final period. Aden Yates was next with 10 points, followed by Alex Somerville with five points and Brian Gibbs with four markers.
Evan Potter, Garrett Norris and Nick Templeton rounded out the scoring with three points apiece. The hosts had a season-low nine assists in the setback, with Garrett Norris dishing out five assists.
Parkersburg South had 10 different players score in the triumph, with Ty Dobson and Garrett Gilkerson both leading the way with 13 points apiece. Tyler Berry and Logan Fryfogle also chipped in seven and six points, respectively, for the guests.
The Patriots went 11-of-17 at the charity stripe for 65 percent and also made nine of their 19 field goals from behind the arc.