Gallia Academy blasts Golden Rockets, 60-48

Alex Hawley

January 30, 2014

CENTENARY, Ohio — What ever was said at halftime worked for the Blue Devils.

The Gallia Academy boys basketball team outscored non-conference guest Wellston by 17 in the second half, Wednesday night en route to a 60-48 victory.

The Blue Devils (9-8) jumped out to a 14-8 lead after the first quarter but Wellston (4-10) answered by outscoring GAHS 22-to-11 in the second quarter. GAHS put together its best period in the third, outscoring WHS 22-to-9 to retake the lead. Gallia Academy closed the game with a 13-9 run to seal the 60-48 victory.

Reid Eastman led the Blue and White with 14 points, followed by Wade Jarrell with 13 and Wes Jarrell with 10. Alex White added eight points, Michael Putney had five, while Jacob Streiter and Seth Atkins each had four points. Kole Carter rounded out the Gallia Academy total with two points.

The Blue Devils shot 26-of-51 (51 percent) from the field and 2-of-5 (40 percent) from the free throw line. GAHS had 30 rebounds, 16 assists, 11 steals, five blocks and 15 turnovers in the game.

Wes Jarrell and Atkins each finished with six rebounds to pace GAHS, followed by Putney and Streiter with four each. Eastman, Wes Jarrell and Wade Jarrell each had four assists, followed by Putney with three. Wes Jarrell led the Blue Devil defense with three blocks and two steals, while Streiter had two blocks. Eastman and Wade Jarrell each added two steals.

Wellston was led by Colton Ervin with 16 points and Chazz Davis with 15. Braydon Womeldorf and Caleb Stanley both added five, Forrest Hale marked four, while Jordan Arthur finished with three.

WHS was 16-of-49 (32.7 percent) from the field and 9-of-12 (75 percent) from the free throw line. The Golden Rockets had 27 rebounds, 13 assists, 10 steals, two blocks and 16 turnovers in the setback.

Stanley had a game-high eight rebounds, while Davis added six. Womeldorf led Wellston with five assists, while Stanley paced the defense with three steals and two blocks.

The Blue Devils are now 3-0 against teams from the Tri-Valley Conference, while Wellston is 2-1 against Southeastern Ohio Athletic League teams.