MASON, W.Va. — Turnovers are a killer, especially in the fourth quarter.
The South Gallia boys basketball team committed five turnovers in the fourth quarter, allowing Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division host Wahama to take the 50-46 victory, Friday night.
The Rebels (5-3, 4-1 TVC Hocking) held a 12-7 advantage through one quarter of play, thanks in part to six points off the bench from Gus Slone. Wahama (2-4, 1-4) was held to just six points in the second quarter and trailed 21-13 at halftime.
Both offenses picked up the scoring pace following the break, as the Rebels and White Falcons each marked 16 points in the third quarter. Wahama clawed its way back into the game and with 1:28 to play took its first lead of the game on Brent Larck’s only basket, coming on Hunter Bradley’s assist. Just 20 seconds later Brayden Greer answered with a two-pointer to give SGHS the 46-45 edge.
With just under 30 seconds to play WHS senior Wyatt Zuspan gave the White Falcons the 47-46 lead, and the hosts sealed the win going 3-of-4 from the free throw line over the remainder of the game. Wahama earns its first league win of the year by a 50-46 count.
Hunter Rose led Wahama with 13 points, followed by Zuspan with 11 and Derek Hysell with eight. Michael Hendricks had seven points, Bradley added five, while Ben Forman added four and Larck marked two.
Wahama shot 17-of-47 (36.2 percent) from the field, and 12-of-16 (75 percent) from the free throw line. The White Falcons committed just nine turnovers, while grabbing 26 rebounds and assisting on 11 baskets. The WHS defense had seven steals and two blocks.
Bradley finished with team-highs in rebounds with nine, assists with four and steals with three. Foreman and Zuspan each had a block and two assists in the win, while Larck had two steals and five rebounds.
The Rebel offense was led by Greer with 13 points and Slone with eight. Ethan Swain and Ethan Spurlock each marked seven points, Landon Hutchinson and Mikey Wheeler both added four, while Eli Fraley finished with three.
SGHS was 19-of-44 (43.2 percent) from the field and 4-of-10 (40 percent) from the charity stripe. South Gallia as a team had 17 turnovers, 25 rebounds, 14 assists, four steals and one block.
Hutchinson and Spurlock each had six rebounds to lead SGHS, followed by Joseph Ehman and and Greer with four each. Ehman had a team best four assists, while Hutchinson and Greer each had three. Spurlock led the defense with two steals, followed by Ehman and Greer with one each. Ehman had South Gallia’s lone block.
The Rebels have now lost back-to-back games and three in a row away from Mercerville. Wahama snapped a two game skid with the victory.
These teams will meet again on January 17, in Mercerville.