RIO GRANDE, Ohio — In the win column.
The Gallia Academy boys basketball team earned its first victory of the season Saturday night with a 70-36 triumph over Tolsia at Newt Oliver Arena.
The Blue Devils (1-4) jumped out to a 16-7 lead and extended it to 38-14 at halftime. Following the break Gallia Academy outscored Tolsia (1-1) 14-to-10 in the third quarter and 18-to-12 in the finale to seal the 70-36 victory.
Wes Jarrell led Gallia Academy with 16 points, followed by Alex White with 10. Seth Atkins and Jacob Strieter each marked eight points, Mike Putney had seven, while Reid Eastman and Kole Carter each added five. Isiah Franklin, D.J. Drenner, Mike Edelmann each finished with three points, followed by Wade Jreell with two in the victory.
Gallia Academy shot 28-of-51 (54.9 percent) from the field, including 3-of-10 (30 percent) from beyond the arc. GAHS was 11-of-17 (64.7 percent) from the charity stripe, while pulling down 37 rebounds and committing just nine turnovers.
Strueter had a game-high five rebounds, followed by Devin Henry and Wes Jarrell with four apiece. Defensively leading the Blue Devils were Putney, Eastman and Atkins with two steals each, while Strieter had two blocks. Atkins had two assists to lead GAHS.
The Rebels were led by Tyler Stroud with 10 points, followed by Zach Davis with eight. Kaleb Sturgell and Nathan Adkins each had fiver points, Zachary Cantrell had four, Coty Jude and Jordan Johnson each marked two, while Blake Roberts finished with one point.
Tolsia shot 12-of-36 (33.3 percent) from the field, 4-of-14 (28.6 percent) from beyond the arc and 9-of-18 (50 percent) from the free throw line. The Blue and Orange finished with 14 rebounds and 17 turnovers in the setback.
This is the lone meeting between these teams this season.