TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — A 19-10 third quarter run ultimately made the difference for visiting South Gallia Tuesday night during a 57-46 victory over the Eastern boys basketball team in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup in Meigs County.
Both the Rebels (2-0, 1-0 TVC Hocking) and host Eagles (0-3, 0-2) battled through three ties and 12 lead changes through the opening two-and-a-half quarters of regulation, but SGHS broke away from a 25-24 deficit over the final 4:44 of the third quarter with a 15-5 surge — allowing the guests to take a 39-29 advantage into the finale.
EHS rallied to within seven points (44-37) at the 4:26 mark following an 8-5 run to start the fourth, but the Rebels closed the final 4:19 on a 17-9 surge to wrap up the 11-point triumph.
Eastern committed 23 turnovers in the contest, with eight of those coming in the pivotal third canto. The hosts connected on just 3-of-11 shot attempts during that span, while SGHS made the most of those extra opportunities by going 8-of-17 from the field.
The Rebels — who outrebounded the Eagles by a 39-25 overall margin — also claimed a 14-5 edge on the glass during the third period. Eastern never led by more than two points in the contest, while South Gallia claimed its largest lead of the night at 57-42 with 50 seconds left in regulation.
South Gallia committed 15 turnovers — six of which came in the second half — and connected on 23-of-62 shot attempts for 37 percent, including a 1-of-8 effort from three-point range for 13 percent. The guests were also 10-of-16 at the free throw line for 63 percent.
Landon Hutchinson led the Rebels with a game-high 22 points, followed by Brayden Greer with 14 points and Ethan Spurlock with nine markers. Joseph Ehman chipped in six points to the winning cause, while Gus Slone, Ethan Swain and Eli Fraley rounded things out with two markers apiece.
The Eagles sank 17-of-45 field goal attempts for 38 percent, including a 2-of-9 effort from three-point range for 22 percent. The hosts were also 10-of-15 from the charity stripe for 67 percent.
Jett Facemyer led EHS with 16 points, followed by Daschle Facemyer with 11 points and Christian Speelman with six markers. Cameron Richmond and Andrew Stobart each chipped in five points, while Chase Cook rounded things out with three markers.