GLOUSTER, Ohio — A 23-13 third quarter run ultimately proved to be the difference-maker for host Trimble on Tuesday night during a 76-68 victory over the Wahama boys basketball team in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup in Athens County.
The White Falcons (8-11, 7-8 TVC Hocking) — who were again playing without double-digit scorer Noah Litchfield — put up quite a balanced fight against the Tomcats, as the guests jumped out to a 17-13 advantage eight minutes into regulation.
THS (12-8, 11-3) rallied back with a 21-16 second quarter run that turned an early two-possession deficit into a slim 34-33 edge at the intermission. The back-breaker for WHS, however, was a three-quarters court bomb by Max Hooper that hit nothing but net as the buzzer expired.
The White Falcons started the second half with a 9-8 run to knot things up at 42-all, but Trimble answered with a 15-4 charge to close out the quarter with a 57-46 lead headed into the finale.
Wahama never came closer than two possessions the rest of the way, but the guests did make things interesting with a 22-19 fourth quarter run that ultimately resulted in an eight-point setback.
The Tomcats also claimed a season sweep after posting a 68-51 win at Wahama’s Gary Clark Court back on January 17.
The White Falcons outrebounded the hosts by a 36-27 overall margin, but also committed 15 of the 21 turnovers in the contest.
WHS made 25-of-57 field goal attempts for 44 percent, including a 7-of-25 effort from three-point range for 28 percent. Wahama was also 11-of-13 at the free throw line for 85 percent.
Travis Kearns hit four trifectas and scored a game-high 22 points, followed by Philip Hoffman with 21 points and Randy Lantz with 13 markers. Mason Hildreth added nine points and a game-high 12 rebounds, while Abram Pauley rounded things out with three markers.
The Tomcats netted 29-of-59 field goal tries for 49 percent, which included a 4-of-10 effort from three-point territory for 40 percent. THS was also 14-of-18 at the charity stripe for 78 percent.
Randy Hixson paced Trimble with 21 points, followed by Tyler Slack with 20 points and Hooper with 15 markers. Ryan Richards and Alex Coffman also chipped in 10 points and six points, respectively.
Kamron Curry and Cameron Kittle completed the winning tally with two points each. Hooper also hauled in a team-best six caroms.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.