MASON, W.Va. — It was worth the wait.
The Wahama boys basketball team snapped Trimble’s 24-game league winning streak Tuesday night following a thrilling 82-81 overtime decision in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup at Gary Clark Court in Mason County.
The host White Falcons (5-5, 5-3 TVC Hocking) handed the Tomcats (11-2, 7-1) their first in-conference setback since Feb. 19, 2014 — a 56-50 loss at Southern. WHS also overcame a 23-16 first quarter deficit en route to pulling off the upset.
Tied at 72 headed into the extra session, both teams connected on four field goals in overtime — but the White Falcons also converted 2-of-3 free throws in that span. WHS ended up winning the additional four-minute frame by a slim 10-9 overall margin, but it was enough to get the triumph.
Bryce Guthrie scored 10 points and Randy Hixon added seven markers for Trimble during that opening eight minutes of play, but the hosts answered with a small 20-18 run to trim their halftime deficit down to 41-36.
Noah Estep scored nine points as part of a 17-15 Wahama run in the third canto, allowing the Red and White to close to within a possession at 56-53 headed into the finale. Philip Hoffman scored nine points as part of the hosts’ 19-16 charge down the stretch, which tied the game at 72-all at the end of regulation.
The White Falcons had four players reach double figures, with Hoffman leading the way with 22 points. Estep was next with 19 points, while Ryan Thomas and Travis Kearns respectively added 18 and 11 markers to the winning cause.
Mason Hicks chipped in eight points and Noah Litchfield rounded out the victorious tally with four markers. WHS made 10 of its 31 field goals from behind the arc and also went 10-of-19 at the free throw line for 53 percent.
Justice Jenkins led THS with a game-high 31 points, followed by Guthrie with 17 points and Hixon with 12 markers. Tyler Sayre also had 10 points and Cody Jones contributed six markers in the setback.
Tyler Slack and Kameron Curry rounded out the Tomcat tally with three and two points. Trimble netted six of its 31 field goals from three-point range and also went 12-of-16 at the charity stripe for 75 percent.
Wahama salvaged a season split with the Tomcats after dropping a 61-43 decision in Glouster back on December 8.
The White Falcons return to TVC Hocking action Friday when they travel to Tuppers Plains, Ohio, for a 6 p.m. contest against Eastern.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.
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