POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — It was a tough night … all the way around.
The Point Pleasant boys basketball team shot 27 percent from the field and committed 28 turnovers while dropping its 10th straight decision Friday night during a 76-51 setback to visiting Hurricane in a non-conference matchup in Mason County.
The host Big Blacks (2-14) never led in the contest as the Redskins (6-10) hit their first five shot attempts while storming out to a 12-7 edge midway through the opening period. HHS closed the canto on a small 6-2 run, which allowed the guests to secure a 17-9 cushion after eight minutes of play.
Parker Rairden twice pulled PPHS back to within seven points with a pair of trifectas, the last of which came at 24-17 with 3:50 remaining in the second stanza. Point, however, was never closer as the Redskins ended the first half on a 13-3 surge for a comfortable 37-20 intermission advantage.
The hosts committed 11 turnovers in the third canto as Hurricane made a 21-9 run to claim a 58-29 advantage headed into the finale. Point Pleasant hit five trifectas and closed regulation on a 22-18 run to wrap up the 25-point outcome.
The Big Blacks claimed a slim 35-34 overall advantage in rebounds, which included a 15-10 edge on the offensive glass. The Redskins committed just 12 turnovers in the triumph.
PPHS connected on 15-of-51 field goal attempts overall, including a 10-of-31 effort from behind the arc for 32 percent. The hosts were also 13-of-17 at the free throw line for 76 percent.
Rairden led the Big Blacks with 16 points, followed by Doug Workman with 13 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Jason Sayre added six points, while Bradley Gibbs, Trey Tucker and Zavery McNeill each contributed three markers.
Cason Payne, Braydon Ralbusky and Matthew Martin were next with two points apiece, while Trace Derenberger wrapped up the Point Pleasant tally with one point. Payne also hauled in six caroms in the setback.
The Redskins netted 30-of-55 shot attempted for 55 percent, including a 2-of-12 effort from behind the arc for 17 percent. The guests had 14 different players reach the scoring column and also went 14-of-25 at the free throw line for 56 percent.
Ethan Highlander led HHS with game-highs of 18 points and eight rebounds, while Braxton Dolbert and Nick Muto respectively added 14 and 10 markers for the victors.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.
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