Rebels roll past Green in opener, 71-54
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FRANKLIN FURNACE, Ohio — A good start led to a better finish for the South Gallia boys basketball team Saturday night following a season-opening 71-54 victory over host Green in a non-conference matchup in Scioto County.
The visiting Rebels (1-0) jumped out to a small 15-11 edge after eight minutes of play, then used a pivotal 21-8 surge in the second quarter to secure a comfortable 36-19 advantage at the break.
The Bobcats (0-1) countered with a 23-18 charge in the third canto to pull to within a dozen at 54-42, but SGHS closed the final eight minutes of regulation with a 17-12 run to wrap up the 17-point triumph.
The Rebels finished the night 10-of-17 at the free throw line for 59 percent, which included a 5-of-9 effort during the fourth quarter. SGHS also made 28 total field goals, including five from behind the arc.
Brayden Greer led South Gallia with a game-high 31 points, 14 of which came in the first half. Landon Hutchinson was next with 12 points, followed by Joseph Ebman hit three trifectas and finished with 11 markers.
Mikey Wheeler chipped in eight points and Ethan Spurlock added four markers to the winning cause. Eli Fraley and Gus Slone rounded out the scoring with three and two points, respectively.
Trent Marcum paced Green with 22 points, 16 of which came in the second half. Clay Applegate was next with 11 points, followed by Ryan Gaffney with 10 markers.
Green made just five of its 19 field goals in the first half and had only one make in the second canto. The Bobcats finished the night 10-of-19 at the charity stripe for 53 percent and also made six trifectas.
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