MASON, W.Va. — Wire-to-wire … just not the way Wahama had hoped.
The Trimble boys basketball team never trailed while picking up its first victory of the 2013-14 season Monday night following a 58-50 decision over host Wahama in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup in Mason County.
The visiting Tomcats (1-1, 1-1 TVC Hocking) shot 45 percent from the field and outrebounded the White Falcons (1-4, 0-4) by a sizable 44-25 overall margin, which included a 12-5 edge on the offensive glass. Trimble also shot 48 percent from the floor and claimed a 22-8 rebounding lead — including an 8-0 offensive glass edge — during the first half.
THS stormed out to early leads of 4-0 and 8-4 before taking its biggest lead of the opening canto at 16-9 with 29 seconds remaining. Wahama answered with a Wyatt Zuspan trifecta with 10 seconds left, allowing the hosts to close to within 16-12 at the end of eight minutes of play.
The White Falcons were never closer during the rest of the first half, and the guests went on a 13-5 surge to start the second — giving Trimble its largest lead of the half at 29-17 with 2:49 remaining. WHS closed the final 2:24 on a small 4-1 spurt, trimming its deficit down to 30-21 at the intermission.
Wahama made 8-of-23 field goal attempts in the opening half for 35 percent, including a 2-of-4 effort from three-point territory. Trimble, conversely, sank 13-of-27 shot attempts, including a 0-for-5 effort from behind the arc.
The Tomcats opened the second half with a 9-5 run, which Jake Kish capped with a jumper at the 3:08 mark — allowing THS to take its largest lead of the night at 39-26. The White Falcons, however, retaliated with an 11-2 surge over the final three minutes — allowing Wahama to close the gap down to 41-37 entering the finale.
The hosts were never closer, as Trimble scored the first nine points of the fourth to secure a 50-37 edge with 5:28 left in regulation. WHS came as close as six (56-50) after two free throws by Brent Larck with 44 seconds remaining, but Kish and Micah Couch each sank a free throw down the stretch — allowing THS to wrap up the eight-point victory.
Wahama finished the evening 18-of-53 from the field for 34 percent, including a 4-of-11 effort from three-point range for 36 percent. The hosts also committed 12 turnovers and went 10-of-18 at the charity stripe for 56 percent.
Wyatt Zuspan led the White Falcons with 14 points, followed by Hunter Rose with 13 points and Brent Larck with 10 markers. Derek Hysell and Ben Foreman each chipped in five points, while Michael Hendricks rounded out the scoring with three markers.
Trimble connected on 22-of-49 shot attempts overall, including a 2-of-10 effort from behind the arc for 20 percent. The guests had 18 turnovers and went 12-of-21 at the charity stripe for 57 percent.
Micah Couch poured in a game-high 22 points, followed by Jacob Koons with 12 markers. Jake Kish and Wyatt Bragg each contributed 11 points, while Konner Standley rounded out the winning cause with two markers.