RAVENSWOOD, W.Va. — There’s a method to the madness.
The Point Pleasant boys basketball team put together another four-quarter effort, which allowed the Big Blacks to win their season-best third straight contest Friday night following a 77-67 decision over host Ravenswood in a non-conference matchup in Jackson County.
The Big Blacks (8-6) stormed out to a 17-7 advantage through one period of play, then made that 10-point cushion hold up over the next three frames en route to the double-digit triumph.
PPHS went on a small 22-20 second quarter run to claim a 39-27 edge at the break, then followed with an 18-17 spurt in the third canto for a 57-44 lead headed into the finale.
The Red Devils (6-5) responded with a 23-20 run down the stretch, but never came closer than two possessions the rest of the way.
Point Pleasant outrebounded the hosts by a 39-33 overall margin and both teams committed 22 turnovers in the contest. The guests were 15-of-21 at the free throw line for 71 percent, while RHS sank 14-of-23 charity tosses for 61 percent.
PPHS connected on 28-of-58 shot attempts in the contest for 48 percent, with Alex Somerville leading the way with 25 points. Wade Martin was next with 20 points and team-highs of six assists and six steals.
Aden Yates added a double-double effort of 10 points and 11 rebounds, while Nick Templeton and Evan Potter respectively added nine and eight markers. Brian Gibbs rounded out the winning tally with five points.
Jake Martin paced RHS with 25 points, followed by Isaac Crow with 13 points and Riley Heatherington with 10 markers.