RIPLEY, W.Va. — Apparently the key is getting out of regulation.
After dropping four straight to open the 2015-16 campaign, the Point Pleasant boys basketball team has now won two consecutive overtime decisions following a thrilling 77-76 decision over Buckhannon-Upshur Tuesday night in the opening round of the Ripley Holiday Tournament being held in Jackson County.
The Big Blacks (2-4) watched a six-point halftime lead disappear as the Buccaneers (1-5) went on a 21-7 third quarter surge, giving BUHS a 54-46 cushion headed into the fourth. PPHS, however, answered with a 22-14 run of its own to knot things up at 68 headed into the extra session.
Will Harbour scored the final four points for Point Pleasant as part of a 9-8 run in the overtime session, allowing the Red, Black and White to secure their first winning streak of the young season.
The Big Blacks hit eight trifectas and made 26 total field goals while also netting 13-of-22 free throw attempts for 59 percent.
Bradley Gibbs led PPHS with 23 points, followed by Preston Rairden with 18 points and Douglas Workman with 16 markers. Harbour was next with 10 points, while Cason Payne and Trenton Tucker respectively chipped in seven and two markers. Trey Tucker rounded out the winning tally with one point.
Joshua Trent paced Buckhannon-Upshur with a game-high 29 points, followed by Robert Frye with 22 points. Timothy Tolliver and Kobe Starnes were next with five markers each, while Tristan Fulton, Drew Heatherly and Seth Stoeckle contributed four markers apiece.
Taylor Whitehair rounded out the Buccaneer tally with three markers. BUHS sank 9-of-13 free throws for 69 percent.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.