MASON, W.Va. — The Wahama boys basketball team shot 49 percent from the field and forced 26 turnovers Friday night during an impressive 83-45 victory over visiting Hannan in a non-conference matchup of Mason County programs.
The host White Falcons (2-4) scored a season-high in points and had nine different players reach the scoring column, which included a quartet with double figures apiece. WHS also snapped a two-game losing skid with the 38-point decision over the Wildcats, who fell to 2-6 overall.
HHS stormed out to a 3-0 lead just nine seconds into regulation, but the hosts countered with five straight points to claim their first lead of the night at 5-3 with 6:16 left in the opening canto. Hannan forced a five-all tie at the 5:30 mark, but Trenton Gibbs countered with a basket 15 seconds later that gave WHS a lead it would never relinquish.
The Wildcats — who committed eight turnovers in the first quarter — trailed 11-9 with 1:33 remaining in the stanza, but the White Falcons closed the final 58 seconds of the opening period with a 9-2 surge to establish a 20-11 edge.
The guests hit the opening basket of the second canto to cut their deficit down to 20-13, but WHS countered with a 19-6 charge to establish its biggest lead of the first half at 39-17 with 1:19 remaining. Hannan closed out the final 64 seconds with a small 2-1 run for a 40-19 contest at the intermission.
Wahama — which had only three first half turnovers — connected on 16-of-37 field goal attempts in the opening 16 minutes, including a 2-of-8 effort from three-point range. The Wildcats, conversely, made 7-of-25 floor shots overall and 1-of-8 three-point attempts in the first half while committing 13 turnovers.
HHS was never closer than the halftime deficit the rest of the way, and the White Falcons used a 24-12 third quarter run to establish a sizable 64-31 lead headed into the finale. WHS outscored the guests 19-14 down the stretch and led by as many as 41 points (83-42) with 41 second remaining in regulation.
The White Falcons finished the night 36-of-73 overall from the field, including a 2-of-12 effort from three-point range for 17 percent. The hosts also went 9-of-18 at the free throw line for 50 percent and had a total of nine turnovers in the triumph.
Hannan, on the other hand, went 18-of-48 from the field for 38 percent, including a 4-of-17 effort from behind the arc for 24 percent. The guests were 5-of-11 at the charity stripe for 45 percent and committed 13 turnovers in each half.
Hunter Bradley led the White Falcons with a game-high 18 points, followed by Trenton Gibbs with 17 points and Jacob Ortiz with 13 markers. Wyatt Zuspan also had 10 points for the victors.
Dakota Sisk chipped in eight points, Derek Hysell added six points and Hunter Rose had five markers for the hosts. Austin Jordan and Preston Hudnall rounded out the respective scoring with four and two markers.
Paul Holley paced Hannan with 14 points, followed by Ty Paige with 13 points and Brad Fannin with six markers. Tyler Burns contributed five points, while Tyler Jenkins chipped in three markers. Daniel Black and Austin Akers wrapped up the respective scoring with two markers apiece.