ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — The rematch is set.
The seventh-seeded South Gallia boys basketball team defeated 10th-seeded Green 52-36 Wednesday night at Meigs High School to advance to the sectional final. Waiting on the Rebels is Symmes Valley, which defeated SGHS 75-61 on December 27, in Willow Wood.
The Rebels (9-11) held a narrow 10-9 advantage through the opening eight minutes and outscored the Bobcats (3-17) 13-to-7 in the second to take the 23-16 into the half.
South Gallia nearly doubled it’s offense in the third quarter, posting 21 points and opening the lead up to 16 points with eight minutes to play. SGHS and GHS each marked eight points in the fourth quarter and the Rebels cruised to a 52-36 triumph.
The Rebels were led by Ethan Spurlock with 13 points, and Landon Hutchinson with 10. Devin Lucas added nine points, Ethan Swain marked eight, while Mikey Wheeler finished with four. Gus Slone, Joesph Ehman and Brayden Greer each had two points to round out the SGHS total.
The Red and Gold shot 20-of-46 (43.5 percent) from the field and 9-of-14 (64.3 percent) from the free throw line. South Gallia had 24 rebounds, nine assists, 10 steals, one block and 11 turnovers in the win.
Hutchinson and Greer each had five rebounds, to pace SGHS followed by Spurlock and Wheeler with four each. Greer had a team-high five assists, while Spurlock led the defense with four steals. Ehman had two steals and one block for the Rebel defense.
Green was led by Trent Marcum with 13 point and 10 rebounds, followed by Ryan Gaffney with six points, two assists, two steals and a blocks. Caleb Johnson marked five points, Andy Chavarria marked four, while Mark Allen, Hunter Lewis, Brody Storms and Aaron Johnson each finished with two.
The Bobcats shot 13-of-41 (31.7 percent) from the field and 7-of-11 (63.6 percent) from the free throw line. GHS had 17 turnovers, 20 rebounds, five steals, one block and four assists.
Green hasn’t won a sectional crown since 2005. The Rebels will be looking for their first sectional crown since 2012 when they face the Vikings on Wednesday.
Symmes Valley has defeated South Gallia in three consecutive matchups. The last time the Vikings and Rebels met in the postseason was 2011 when SGHS upset second-seeded SVHS by a count of 39-37 to advance to win the sectional championship.