WINFIELD, W.Va. — You can’t win them all if you don’t win the first one.
The Point Pleasant boys basketball team opened its 2016-17 campaign with a 70-43 setback to host Winfield, on Tuesday night in Putnam County.
The Generals (1-0) outscored the Big Blacks (0-1) 19-to-11 in the opening period and extended the lead to 38-17 by halftime.
The WHS grew by one point in the third period, as the hosts headed into the finale on top 53-31. Point Pleasant was outscored 17-to-12 over the final eight minutes of play, and Winfield claimed the 70-43 win.
PPHS senior Will Harbour led the Big Blacks with 16 points, followed by Austin Liptrap with 11. Cason Payne was next with six points, followed by Douglas Workman with five, Matthew Martin with three and Parker Rairden with two.
Winfield was led by junior Braeden McGrew with 26 points, 18 of which came on three-pointers. Christian Frye was next with 12 points, followed by William Hancock with 11 points and Kyle Machel with nine. Andrew Huff and Brian Fisher each had five points in the win, while Zachary Strong rounded out the General total with two markers.
Point Pleasant made 5-of-8 free throw attempts, equaling 62.5 percent, while WHS was 7-of-11 from the stripe, equaling 63.6 percent. Winfield connected on 11 trifectas in the win, while Point Pleasant only made two.
The Big Blacks will try to avenge this loss on February 7, when the Generals visit Point Pleasant.
PPHS returns to action on Friday, at Gallia Academy, while WHS will visit Chapmanville on Tuesday for its next game.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.