MASON, W.Va. — It all comes down to winning time.
With two minutes left in regulation the Wahama and Southern boys basketball teams were tied at 48. Over the remainder of the game the White Falcons were 2-of-2 from the field and 5-0f-5 from the free throw line, while Southern shot 2-of-7 from the field and 1-of-3 from the line. Wahama defended home court and took the 57-54 triumph.
The White Falcons (5-7, 4-5 TVC Hocking) led 12-to-10 after the opening quarter but Southern’s (9-3, 6-2) defense held WHS to eight points in the second period. The Tornadoes marked 13 points in the second and led 23-20 at the midway point.
Both offenses picked up the pace in the second half and the teams were tied at 40 headed into the fourth quarter. With two minutes to play the teams remained tied and Wahama closed the game with a 9-to-6 run to take the victory.
The White Falcons were led by Hunter Rose with 18 points, Wyatt Zuspan with 16 and Hunter Bradley with 14. Brent Larck added four points, Michael Hendricks had three and Ryan Thomas rounded out the WHS total with two points.
Wahama shot 19-of-45 (42.2 percent) from the field and 9-of-12 (75 percent) from the free throw line. The White Falcons had 24 rebounds, 14 assists, seven steals, one block and 15 turnovers.
Bradley finished with a game-high 10 rebounds, while Rose pulled down six. Rose and Bradley led Wahama with four assists each, while Zuspan had the team’s lone block. Bradley and Larck each had two steals to lead the Red and White defense.
Southern was led by Tristen Wolfe with 16 points, followed by Dennis Teaford with 13. Taylor McNickle had eight points, Chandler Drummer added seven, and Zac Beegle marked four. Bradley McCoy, Trenton Deem and Casey Pickens each had two points in the setback.
Southern shot 20-of-55 (36.4 percent) from the field and 12-of-17 (70.6 percent) from the free throw line. The Tornadoes as a team had 34 rebounds, nine assists, 10 steals, four blocks and 12 turnovers.
Wolfe led the Purple and Gold in rebounds with nine, assists with five and steals with five. Drummer had eight rebounds, while Teaford led the way with two blocks.
Southern’s five-game winning streak was snapped with the loss, while Wahama improved its winning streak to three with the triumph.
These teams split the season series for the second straight season. SHS defeated Wahama earlier this season by a count of 73-40 in Racine.