PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — A tough night for the road team.
The Point Pleasant boys basketball squad fell back to .500 overall this season following a 63-57 setback to host Parkersburg South in a non-conference matchup of Class AAA programs at the Rod Oldham Athletic Center in Wood County.
The visiting Big Blacks (5-5) committed 13 first half turnovers, which allowed the sixth-ranked Patriots (9-0) to jump out to a comfortable 31-14 intermission advantage. PPHS outscored the hosts by a 37-32 margin in the second half, but ultimately the slow start did in the comeback bid.
Point trailed 18-11 after eight minutes of play, then went ice cold as the hosts put together a 13-3 second quarter surge to claim a 17-point lead at the break. The guests outscored PSHS by a 17-12 margin in the third to close to within 43-31, but the Big Blacks never came closer than two possessions down the stretch.
Both teams traded 20 points apiece in the fourth to wrap up the six-point outcome. Parkersburg South also claimed a season sweep with a 58-49 win at PPHS back on December 20.
Afterwards, second-year Point Pleasant coach Josh Williams spoke about some of the ups and downs from the evening.
“I felt they played harder and more intense than we did in the first half. The game is four quarters, not two, and the first half cost us, but give them credit — they are not a top team in the state for nothing,” Williams said. “Parkersburg South is well-coached and well-skilled, and we knew this would be a challenge coming in.
“I still feel we are heading in the right direction. I saw some things from some other players that will definitely help us if they can stay on track. We’re counting on them to do some big things for us this year.”
All but one of Point Pleasant’s points came from the starting unit, while the Parkersburg South bench claimed a sizable 23-1 edge in points scored. PPHS also made seven of its 14 field goals from behind the arc, while the hosts netted six trifectas and 22 total field goals.
Wade Martin led the guests with a game-high 18 points, followed by Alex Somerville with 11 points and Nick Templeton with eight markers. Aden Yates and Garrett Norris respectively chipped in seven and six points, while Brian Gibbs rounded out the scoring with one marker.
PPHS connected on 15-of-19 free throw attempts for 79 percent, while the Patriots netted 10-of-14 charity tosses for 71 percent.
PSHS had nine different players reach the scoring column, with Logan Lawrentz leading the way with 14 points. Ty Dobson was next with 12 points, while Garrett Gilkerson and Cody Monroe chipped in nine markers apiece to the winning cause.