POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — All good things must come to an end.
The Point Pleasant boys basketball team’s seven game winning streak ended Friday night with a 52-51 loss to Nitro in Mason County.
The Wildcats (10-12) knocked down four three-pointers in the opening stanza, which led to a 21-14 lead at the end of the quarter. Point Pleasant (12-10) answered back with a 15-to-11, which cut the Nitro lead to three points at halftime.
In a slow paced third period the Wildcats expanded their lead by two, making the NHS advantage 40-35 with eight minutes remaining. PPHS scored the first six points of the third period to gain the lead but Nitro rallied with a 12-to-10 run to take the 52-51 victory.
Wade Martin and Aden Yates led the Big Blacks with 13 points apiece, followed by Dillon McCarty with 12. Andrew Williamson chipped in with eight points, Alex Somerville had four, while Adam Slack added one to round out the PPHS scoring.
Point Pleasant committed 12 turnovers and shot 12-of-16 (75 percent) from the free throw line.Williamson drained a pair of triples to led the Big Blacks from three-point range, while McCarty, Yates and Somerville each had one.
Nitro’s Angelo Sirianni led all scorers with 29 points, while Ethan Clark marked 10 for the victors. Trevor Taylor notched eight points, Tyler Barton had three and Hunter Ferrari rounded out the NHS scoring with two points.
The Wildcats shot 7-of-20 (35 percent) from the free throw line, while connecting on seven three-pointers. Sirianni accounted for a quartet of NHS three’s while Clark made a trio of triples.
The Big Blacks have only lost two of their last 13 games. Nitro has now won three straight decisions, matching the longest stretch of the season. The Wildcats also defeated PPHS on December 14th in Kanawha County by a count of 76-59.
PPHS honored its seniors for playing in the final home game of the regular season. The Point Pleasant seniors are Dillon McCarty, Caleb Riffle, Cody Pearson, Marquez Griffin, Andrew Williamson, Adam Slack and Nate Chapman.
The Big Blacks return to action in the opening round of the sectional tournament, when they host St. Albans at 7:30 p.m. Monday night.