Fairland rallies by Blue Devils, 64-50
Alex Hawley firstname.lastname@example.org
PROCTORVILLE, Ohio — Unfortunately for the Blue Devils, the Dragons saved their best for last.
The Gallia Academy boys basketball team trailed by just two points heading into the fourth period of Saturday’s season opener at Fairland, but the hosts caught fire in the fourth period to take the 64-50 win in the Ernie Hall Classic.
GAHS (0-1) senior Seth Adkins tallied 12 points in the opening quarter to help the Blue and White to a 18-10 advantage through eight minutes of play. Fairland (1-0) answered back with a 20-to-12 run in the second period to tie the game 30-30 at halftime.
The teams came out slow following the intermission and FHS was able to edge Gallia Academy 12-10 in the third period. In the final period the Dragons went on a 22-10 run to clinch the season opening win 64-50.
Adkins led Gallia Academy with 19 points followed by Wes Jarrell with eight. Reid Eastman and Devin Henry each marked six points, Michael Putney added four and Wade Jarrell had three. Cole Carter and Jacob Strieter each marked two points in the loss. Eastman led GAHS with five assists and four rebounds.
Chance Short led the Dragons with 20 points, followed by Evan Maddox with 17 and Thayer Flynn with 10. Luke Phillips had nine points and Nathan Campbell added eight to round out the FHS totals.
Gallia Academy was 24-of-59 (40.7 percent) from the field, including just 2-of-10 (20 percent) from three point range. GAHS was 0-of-5 from the free throw line in the setback.
Fairland was 21-of-58 (36.2) shooting, with a 6-of-21 (28.6 percent) performance from three point range and a 16-of-25 (64 percent) performance from the line.
The Blue Devils are not scheduled to play Fairland again this season but will have four games against Ohio Valley Conference opponents.
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