NITRO, W.Va. — A 21-6 fourth quarter surge ultimately allowed host Nitro to pull away from the Point Pleasant boys basketball team Tuesday night en route to an 82-59 decision in a non-conference matchup in Kanawha County.
The Big Blacks (2-7) dropped their third straight overall decision, but the guests started well after establishing a 22-18 lead after eight minutes of play. The Wildcats (3-4), however, answered with four trifectas as part of a 24-13 second quarter surge, which enabled the hosts to secure a 42-35 cushion at the break.
Both teams battled through the third canto as NHS claimed a small 19-18 edge for a 61-53 lead headed into the finale, but Nitro broke away from a 70-59 contest with a 12-0 run over the final four minutes — which wrapped up the 23-point outcome.
There were a total of 19 three-pointers made in the contest, with Nitro netting 11 of those trifectas — including eight during the first half. PPHS, conversely, netted five before halftime and all came before the final quarter.
Bradley Gibbs paced Point Pleasant with 15 points, followed by Douglas Workman with 14 points. Parker Rairden and Trey Tucker were next with seven markers apiece, while Will Harbour added six points.
Cason Payne and Trenton Tucker wrapped up the PPHS tally with five markers each. The guests were 3-of-10 at the free throw line for 30 percent.
Austin Woodrum paced Nitro with a game-high 33 points, followed by Joel Sweat with 16 points and Neil Sallada with 15 markers. Jamie Buckalew also added nine points to the winning cause.
Ryan Eary and Seth Brooks rounded out the Wildcat tally with six and three markers, respectively. The hosts were 9-of-13 at the charity tosses for 69 percent.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.