PORTSMOUTH, Ohio — One bad quarter can ruin your entire night.
The Gallia Academy boys basketball team trailed by just one point, eight minutes into Friday night’s Ohio Valley Conference tilt at Portsmouth, but the Blue Devils were outscored by a 20-to-5 count in the second quarter. GAHS never recovered after the PHS run and the Trojans rolled to a 66-52 victory.
Portsmouth (15-7, 10-4 OVC) led 11-10 at the conclusion of the opening quarter, and 31-15 by halftime. The Blue Devils (7-14, 5-9) scored 15 points in the third quarter — 13 of which came from senior Devin Henry — but PHS marked 16 points in the period and led 47-30 with eight minutes remaining.
Gallia Academy outscored its host 22-to-19 in the fourth quarter, but it was too little, too late and the Trojans took the 66-52 win.
Wes Jarrell led the Blue Devils with 19 points, followed by Henry with 17. Kole Carter scored five points, Drew VanSickle added four, while Cory Call finished with three. Evan Wiseman and Miles Cornwell rounded out the GAHS scoring with two points apiece in the setback.
The Blue Devils made 10-of-13 free throw attempts, equaling 76.9 percent.
Kendal Reynolds led the winning cause with 22 points, followed by Ky’re Allison with 18 and Mike Malone with 11. Trent Rodbell scored seven points, Ethan Leonard added three, while Coby Pearson and Reese Johnson each marked two points. Danie Idordan rounded out the Portsmouth scoring with one point in the win.
PHS — which hit nine trifectas in the game — shot 9-of-15 from the free throw line, equaling 60 percent.
The Trojans also topped Gallia Academy on January 15, by a 67-62 final in Centenary.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.