STEWART, Ohio — Luck had nothing to do with this seven.
The South Gallia boys basketball team picked up its seventh straight victory Tuesday night following a convincing 61-36 decision over host Federal Hocking in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup in Athens County.
The visiting Rebels (11-2, 7-2 TVC Hocking) limited the Lancers (3-11, 2-8) to just 17 points through three quarters of play, which more than aided SGHS in its first season sweep of the winter. The Red and Gold also posted a 73-49 win in Mercerville back on December 8.
Landon Hutchinson scored eight points as part of a 16-8 first quarter run by the guests, then the Rebels used a small 7-6 spurt in the second canto to secure a 23-12 cushion at the break.
Joseph Ehman nailed three trifectas and had 13 points as part of 25-5 third quarter surge that allowed South Gallia to take a commanding 48-17 lead into the finale. FHHS rallied with a 19-13 charge down the stretch to ultimately wrap up the 25-point outcome.
South Gallia made three of its 26 field goals from behind the arc and also netted 6-of-13 free throws for 46 percent. Ehman led the guests with a game-high 26 points, with 20 of those coming after halftime.
Landon Hutchinson was next with 12 points, followed by Darren Drenner and Caleb Henry with eight and six markers respectively. Corey Rhodes was next with four points, While Dominick Johnson and Kane Hutchinson respectively rounded out the winning tally with three and two markers.
A.J. Cobb paced Fed Hock with 12 points, followed by Jared Hawk with nine points and Michael John with five markers. Deakin Dickerson and Carter Russell each contributed three points, while Randy Lantz and Walker Church rounded out the scoring with two markers apiece.
The hosts netted four of their 14 field goals from three-point territory and went just 1-of-4 at the charity stripe for 25 percent.
South Gallia returns to action Friday night when it hosts Southern in a pivotal TVC Hocking contest at 6 p.m. A makeup game with visiting Trimble is also scheduled for Saturday at 6 p.m.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.