VINCENT, Ohio — Host Warren shot 44 percent from the field while claiming a season sweep of the Gallia Academy boys basketball team Friday night following a 61-39 Southeastern Ohio Athletic League victory in Washington County.
The visiting Blue Devils (4-10, 1-5 SEOAL) never led in the contest, as the Warriors (12-1, 6-0) jumped out to an early 6-0 edge en route to a comfortable 20-9 first quarter advantage. WHS extended its lead out to 27-13 midway through the second frame, then closed the half with a small 7-6 spurt to secure a 34-19 lead at the intermission.
The Warriors kept that momentum going into the second half, as the hosts led by as many as 16 points on three different occasions while using a small 11-10 third quarter spurt to claim a 45-29 edge headed into the finale. Warren closed regulation with a 16-10 run to wrap up the 22-point decision.
Warren — which leads the SEOAL race by two full games — also posted a 53-38 victory at GAHS back on December 7.
The Blue Devils — who have dropped five straight contests — connected on 15-of-41 field goal attempts for 37 percent and were also outrebounded by a 24-22 overall margin. The guests also committed 18 turnovers and went 7-of-11 at the free throw line for 64 percent.
Justin Bailey led GAHS with 16 points, followed by Nick Clagg with eight points and Cody Call with five markers. Wade Jarrell chipped in four points, while Seth Atkins and Jimmy Clagg respectively added three and two points. Wes Jarrell had one point to round things out for the Blue Devils.
Both Claggs hauled in six rebounds apiece to lead Gallia Academy, while Reid Eastman had a team-high three assists.
Warren sank 21-of-48 shot attempts and had 16 turnovers in the decision. The hosts were also 14-of-19 at the charity stripe for 74 percent.
Michael Hall paced WHS with a game-high 18 points, followed by Reece Patton with 11 points and Evan French with 10 markers.