POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Still feeling a little shell-shocked.
A 40-18 first half charge ultimately allowed visiting South Point to hand a depleted Point Pleasant boys basketball team its fifth straight setback Monday night following a 63-47 decision in a non-conference contest at The Dungeon in Mason County.
The host Big Blacks (10-9) were playing in their first contest since losing senior starters Douglas Workman and Austin Liptrap for the season because of injuries suffered Saturday night in a 52-49 overtime loss to Gallia Academy. PPHS was also without the services of sophomore Cason Payne, who missed his second straight game due to illness.
The lack of three regular starters in the lineup certainly showed its face early on as the Pointers (9-8) stormed out to a sizable 24-11 advantage through eight minutes of play. SPHS followed with a 16-7 second period run that led to a whopping 22-point lead at the break.
PPHS closed the competitive gap in the second half, but the guests still mustered a small 12-10 third quarter spurt that resulted in a 52-28 contest headed into the finale.
The Big Blacks found some offensive rhythm down the stretch as the hosts made a 19-11 surge that wrapped up the 16-point outcome.
Point Pleasant made only two of its 18 total field goals from behind the arc and also went 9-of-19 at the free throw line for 47 percent.
Will Harbour led the hosts with 14 points and Parker Rairden was next with 10 points, while Braxton Yates and Camron Long each contributed six markers.
Blake Diddle added four points and Matthew Martin chipped in three points, while Braydon Ralbusky and Kade Oliver wrapped things up with two points apiece.
The Pointers made four of their 23 total field goals from three-point range and also went 12-of-16 at the charity stripe for 75 percent.
Tayshawn Fox paced SPHS with a game-high 18 points, followed by Jared Whitt with 11 points and Cody Runyon with 10 markers. Elijah Adams and Dustin McCarty also chipped in eight and four points, respectively.
Max Tabor, Jonathon Hemline and Logan Wade were next with three points each, while Doug Shaffer and Cade Brandt respectively added two points and one point in the triumph.
Point Pleasant returns to action Wednesday when it travels to Nitro for a non-conference matchup at 7 p.m.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.