CENTENARY, Ohio — Like a bad fishing story, this one is the one that got away.
The Gallia Academy boys basketball led 28-22 at halftime of Friday night’s Southeastern Ohio Athletic League tilt with visiting Logan. The Chiefs outscored the GAHS by seven in the second half to take the 46-45 victory in Gallia County.
Logan (6-9, 3-3 SEOAL) took a 14-12 lead after the first period but the Blue Devils (10-9, 2-5) answered with a 16-8 run in the second to take the six point lead into the break.
GAHS clung to a two point lead after being outscored 6-to-2 in the third period and Logan rallied past the Blue and White in the fourth to steal the 46-45 win.
Gallia Academy was led by Seth Atkins with 12 points and Wes Jarrell with 10 points, followed by Wade Jarrell, Jacob Streiter and Reid Eastman with seven each. Alex White marked two points to round out the GAHS total.
The Blue Devils shot 16-of-38 (42.1 percent) from the field, 5-of-12 (41.7 percent) from beyond the arc and 8-of-15 (53.3 percent) from the free throw line. GAHS as a team had 29 rebounds, eight assists, seven steals and 16 turnovers.
White led Gallia Academy with eight rebounds, followed by Streiter with six. Eastman and Wes Jarrell each had three assists to pace the Blue and White, while Wes Jarrell led the host’s defense with three steals.
The Chiefs were led by Kevin Fisher with 13 points and Chance Cox with 12. Lane Little marked nine points, Joey Cottrill had five, Gabe Smith added four and Evan DeLong rounded out the guests total with three markers.
LHS shot 15-of-44 (34.1 percent) from the field, 2-of-15 (13.3 percent) from three-point range and 14-of-21 (66.7 percent) from the charity stripe. Logan had 30 rebounds, seven assists, nine steals and 15 turnovers.
Fisher led the Chiefs with 12 rebounds, while Little had a game-high four assists.
The Purple and White also defeated GAHS on January 3, by a count of 51-38 in Logan.