NITRO, W.Va. — It’s not always how you start, but rather how you finish that count.
The Point Pleasant boys basketball team outscored non-conference host Nitro by six points in the fourth quarter Wednesday night to secure the 62-57 victory.
The Wildcats (3-16) led 19-15 through the first eight minutes, but the Big Blacks (12-7) surged back to take the 30-27 lead at halftime.
Nitro scored 17 points in the third quarter and led by one headed into the finale. PPHS outscored the hosts 19-to-13 in the fourth quarter to take the five point victory and complete the sweep.
The Big Blacks also defeated Nitro on December 18, by a count of 71-47 in Point Pleasant.
Alex Somerville led Point Pleasant with 18 points, followed by Wade Martin with 12. Aden Yates marked 11 points, Brian Gibbs added 10, while Nick Templeton had eight and Evan Potter had three.
Ian Lee led Nitro with 20 points, followed by Tyler Barton and Michael Heidenreich with 11 apiece. Josiah Bosley marked eight points, while Neil Sallada rounded out the Wildcats’ total with seven points.
Point Pleasant has now one back-to-back games by five points each. The Wildcats have lost seven straight contests, one shy of their season long skid of eight losses.