BELPRE, Ohio — No shortage of offense here.
The Southern and Belpre boys basketball teams combined for 157 points in Wednesday night’s Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division tilt in Washington County. The host Golden Eagles held off the Purple and Gold to take the 81-76 overtime win.
Southern (14-5, 10-3 TVC Hocking) was outscored 17-to-13 in the opening stanza but hit a trio of trifectas in the second quarter to cut the Belpre (9-11, 8-6) lead to 33-31 at halftime.
The Golden Eagles expanded their lead to 55-48 in the third quarter, led by Nick Therriault with 15 points in the period. Tristen Wolfe led the Tornadoes back, scoring 17 of the team’s 19 fourth quarter points, as well as hitting a two free trows to tie the game at 67 with 4.8 seconds remaining in the fourth.
Tied at 67 the foes went into overtime where BHS outscored the guests 14-to-9, including hitting nine free throws to seal the triumph.
Tristen Wolfe led Southern with 34 points, 24 of which came in the game’s final 12 minutes. Taylor McNickle had 12 points on a quartet of three-pointers, while Chandler Drummer had 10 points and Dennis Teaford marked nine. Trenton Deem finished with eight points, while Zac Beegle finished with three in the setback.
The Tornadoes were 8-of-13 (61.5 percent) from the free throw line in the game.
The Golden Eagles were led by senior Nick Therriault with 36 points and Brennen Farrell with 23. Logan Pulmmer and Deijon Bedgood both marked four points, Scott Carpenter, Zach Pribble and Tavian Miller each had three, Nathan Mason and Ethan Williams both marked two points and Sam Petty rounded out the BHS total with one marker.
Belpre was 20-of-26 (76.9 percent) from the free throw line in the win. The Golden Eagle bench outscored Southern’s 14-to-3 in the game.
The Tornadoes had won four straight conference games and five of their last six overall. This was Southern’s third road trip and fourth game in five days.
The loss moves the Tornadoes into a tie with Waterford atop the TVC Hocking at 10-3 league records. Southern and Waterford will matchup on February 18 in Washington County.
The Tornadoes and Golden Eagles end the season in a split as Southern won the initial meeting by a count of 61-49 on January 17, in Racine.The Orange and Brown swept Southern last season. Belpre has now won three of its last four games this season and four of its of its last five meetings with the Tornadoes.
As a member of the TVC Hocking Belpre has split with SHS three times and swept the Tornadoes once.