CENTENARY, Ohio — Now that’s saving your best for last.
The Gallia Academy boys basketball team led non-conference guest Ironton by two points at the half Thursday night. The Blue Devils outscored the visiting Tigers by 18 points in the second half to take the 58-38 victory and move above .500 on the season.
Ironton (0-12) led 17-to-16 following the opening quarter but GAHS (7-6) answered by outscoring the Tigers 12-9 in the second quarter. Gallia Academy’s defense picked up in the second half and the Blue Devils turned a two-point lead into a 10-point, 38-28 lead headed into the fourth quarter. The Blue and White posted 20 points in the finale to seal the 58-38 victory.
Reid Eastman led Gallia Academy with 18 points, followed by Wade Jarrell with 15 and Wes Jarrell with 12. Jacob Strieter marked seven points, Kole Carter added three, Devin Henry had two and Alex White finished with one point to round out the GAHS total.
Gallia Academy shot 17-of-42 (40.5 percent) from the field, including 3-of-9 (33.3 percent) from beyond the arc. The Blue Devils were 21-of-33 (63.6 percent) from the charity stripe in the win, while committing 19 turnovers. Strieter led GAHS with nine rebounds, followed by Wes Jarrell with eight. As a team Gallia Academy had 33 rebounds, including 11 offensive boards.
Tristan Cox led Ironton with 19 points, followed by Phillip Kratzenberg with 10. Isaac Sherman had five points, while Marques Davis and Lucas Campbell each marked two.
Ironton was 12-of-42 (28.6 percent) from the field, 4-of-13 (30.8 percent) from beyond the arc and 10-of-24 (41.7 percent) from the free throw line. IHS committed 21 turnovers and had 30 rebounds, led by Cox with 10.
This is the lone meeting between the Blue Devils and Tigers this season.