Blue Devils fall to Warren and Chesapeake
Alex Hawley email@example.com
CENTENARY, Ohio —Not the start the Blue Devils had hoped for.
The Gallia Academy boys basketball dropped a pair of games this weekend, falling to Warren 88-39 in an Southeastern Ohio Athletic League contest, and then getting doubled-up by Chesapeake on Saturday, 62-31.
Warren (2-0, 1-0 SEOAL) outscored the Blue Devils (0-3, 0-1) 27-to-9 in the opening period and 19-to-11 in the second to hold the 46-20 halftime advantage. The Warriors weren’t content with the lead and went expanded it, outscoring GAHS 20-to-10 in the third period and 22-to-9 in the finale to take the 88-39 victory.
Mike Putney led GAHS with 12 points, followed by Wes Jarrell with seven and Jacob Streiter with six. Wade Jarrell and Seth Atkins each had five points, Reid Eastman marked two points and Isiah Franklin had one to round out the GAHS total.
Evan French led the Warriors with 26 points, followed by Michael Hall with 18 and Blake Kidder with 11. Reece Patton added nine points, Andrew Drayer had eight, Tanner Huck marked six, Marshal Church had five points, Andrew Henthorn marked three, while Aaron Mazurkiewicz with two points rounded out the WHS scoring.
In Saturday’s game Chesapeake’s (2-1) defense defense was the key early on as the Panthers held Gallia Academy (0-3) without a field goal for the first 7:48 of play. Sophomore guard Devin Henry made the Blue Devils first field goal with 12 seconds remaining in the first period and GAHS trailed 12-4.
The Panthers rolled to a 30-9 lead nearing the end of the half but GAHS senior Wade Jarrell hit a three pointer as time expired to put the Blue and White in double figures and cut the CHS lead to 18.
The third period was all Chesapeake as the Purple and White outscored GAHS 21-4, and held a 9-to-3 rebounding advantage. CHS did not turn the ball over in the third quarter, while forcing four Gallia Academy turnovers.
The Panthers were able to use their bench for most of the fourth quarter and GAHS forced eight turnovers in the period. The Blue Devils outscored CHS 15-to-11 in the finale but the Purple and White claimed the 62-31 victory.
Mike Putney led the Blue Devils with 10 points, followed by Wade Jarrell and Seth Atkins with seven apiece. Wes Jarrell, Reid Eastman and Isiah Franklin each marked two points for GAHS, while Jacob Strieter had one point in the setback.
Sophomore point guard Gage Rhoades led the Panthers with 24 points, half of which came from beyond the arc, while Caleb Heffner and Andrew Saunders each marked eight points. Nate Smith added six points, Brad Meadows chipped in with five, Aaron Thompson added four, Kolton Webb had three and Blake Lester finished with two points.
The Blue Devils had 20 turnovers and 22 rebounds in the game. Leading GAHS on the boards was Strieter with seven, while Wade Jarrell and Wes Jarrell each had three. Reid Eastman led the Blue and White with three assists. Gallia Academy shot 12-of-41 (29.3 percent) from the field and 6-of-10 (60 percent) from the free throw line.
Chesapeake had 14 turnovers in the game but only six through the first three quarters. The Panthers pulled down 34 rebounds led by Saunders with 10, Meadows with six and Heffner with five. Chesapeake shot 24-of-49 (49.0 percent) from the field, while firing 8-of-12 (66.7 percent) from the free throw line.
Gallia Academy will look to avenge both losses when they hit the road to play Warren on January 17 and Chesapeake on January 28.
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