HEMLOCK, Ohio — After a stretch of playing some close contests, the young South Gallia Rebels couldn’t keep within striking distance on Friday night.
That’s because the visiting Rebels, in being outscored 53-32 over the final three quarters, lost to the Miller Falcons 63-43 in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division boys basketball tilt inside Dunlap Gymnasium in Hemlock.
South Gallia did lead 11-10 after the initial canto, but was outscored 14-9 in the second, 17-10 in the third and finally 22-13 in the fourth.
The Falcons — as a result — charged ahead 24-20 at halftime, then extended their advantage to 41-30 following three quarters.
While Miller held a 19-16 advantage in total field goals, including a 5-3 edge in three-pointers, the Falcons enjoyed a parade to the free-throw line.
They meshed 20-of-27 for the entire game, including 7-of-9 in the pull-away fourth.
The Rebels, meanwhile, only attempted 17 —and hit nine.
With the loss, South Gallia concludes the regular season at 3-19 — and 2-14 in the TVC-Hocking.
Its only league wins were over winless Federal Hocking.
Miller moved to 10-12 in closing its regular campaign, and to 10-6 in the league.
Caleb Henry, on six total field goals and 6-of-9 foul shots, had a game-high 19 points to pace the Rebels.
Josh Henry had four baskets for eight points, while Nick Klaiber and Austin Day dropped in five points apiece.
Caleb Henry had five points and Josh Henry two field goals for the Rebels’ second-period points.
Austin Stapleton sank a three-pointer and split a pair of free throws, while Eli Ellis added a third-frame field goal.
Klaiber and Caleb Henry also connected for trifectas.
Miller’s Carson Starlin tied Henry for game-high honors with 19 — on three twos, two threes and 7-of-9 charity shots.
Seattle Compston, with 11 first-half points, collected six field goals and 2-of-2 free throws for 15.
The Rebels will now enter Division IV sectional tournament play — on Wednesday (Feb. 22) with Belpre at Meigs High School.
Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
On Tuesday night (Feb. 14), the Rebels lost a hard-fought 65-62 overtime decision to Belpre.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106