Blue Devils rally past Jackson, 54-38

Bryan Walters

December 23, 2013

JACKSON, Ohio — An 18-2 fourth quarter surge ultimately allowed the Gallia Academy boys basketball to claim a 54-38 victory over host Jackson in a Southeastern Ohio Athletic League matchup in the Apple City.

The Blue Devils (3-4, 1-1 SEOAL) picked up their third consecutive victory after going on a 20-0 run over an eight-minute span between the third and fourth quarters, allowing the guests to turn a 36-33 deficit into a 51-36 advantage.

Reid Eastman hit a trifecta just before the third quarter buzzer to knot things up at 36-all, then GAHS went on a 17-0 run to start the fourth — giving the guests a 15-point cushion late in the fourth quarter.

Tyler Neal ended the Ironmen scoring drought with a field goal that made it 51-38, but Isiah Franklin wrapped up the scoring with an old-fashioned three-point play — giving Gallia Academy its largest lead of the night with the 16-point finale.

The Blue Devils led 11-8 after eight minutes of play, but Jackson (0-5, 0-2) countered with a 14-10 second quarter run to establish a 22-21 lead at the break. GAHS used a small 15-14 spurt in the third canto to pull even at 36 headed into the fourth.

Gallia Academy connected on 21-of-42 field goal attempts for 50 percent, including a 1-of-8 effort from three-point range for 13 percent. The guests outrebounded JHS by a 33-21 overall margin and both teams committed 25 turnovers apiece in the contest.

Wes Jarrell led GAHS with a double-double effort of 19 points and 12 rebounds, followed by Reid Eastman with 12 points and Alex White with six markers. Mike Putney and Isiah Franklin respectively added five and three points to the winning cause.

Kole Carter, Seth Atkins, Jacob Strieter and Devin Henry each contributed two points for the Blue Devils, while Wade Jarrell rounded things out with one marker. The guests were 11-of-22 at the free throw line for 50 percent.

The Ironmen made 15-of-49 shot attempts for 31 percent, including a 5-of-23 effort from behind the arc for 22 percent. Jackson was also 3-of-12 at the charity stripe for 25 percent.

Tyler Neal led JHS with a game-high 22 points, followed by Austin Leach with five points and Casey Walker with three markers.

Eastman also had team-highs of six steals and five assists for the Blue Devils.