HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — A good start led to a better finish for the Wahama boys basketball team Tuesday night during an 85-77 victory over host Huntington Saint Joseph Central in a non-conference matchup in Cabell County.
The White Falcons (9-12) outscored the Irish (2-17) in three of the four quarters of action, including both segments of the first half. The guests made their biggest charge of the night in the opening eight minutes of play, as WHS jumped out to a 28-18 first quarter advantage.
The White Falcons added to that lead with a small 19-16 second period run, allowing the guests to secure a 47-34 intermission edge. St. Joe countered with a 24-17 surge in the third canto to cut its deficit down to 64-58 headed into the finale.
Wahama never lost the lead down the stretch, and ultimately held on with a 21-19 spurt to wrap up the eight-point triumph. The White Falcons have now won seven of their last 11 contests.
WHS had two players record double-doubles in the contest, as Trenton Gibbs had a team-high 25 points and 10 rebounds while Hunter Bradley added 20 points and 11 caroms. Bradley just missed a triple-double after dishing out a team-best nine assists.
Jacob Ortiz added 15 points to the winning cause, while Austin Jordan and Wyatt Zuspan respectively chipped in 14 and seven markers. Dakota Sisk rounded out the winning tally with four markers. WHS hit six trifectas and went 23-of-33 from the free throw line for 70 percent.
Michael Mayes paced the Irish with a game-high 37 points, followed by Wulf Goheen with 13 points and Paul Dransfield with nine markers. Huntington St. Joe made 11 three-pointers — including seven for Mayes — and also went 8-of-10 at the charity stripe for 80 percent.
Wahama will host Waterford Thursday during its Senior Night contest at 6 p.m.