WATERFORD, Ohio — Rebounding and ball control might not win you a game, but lack of both can sure lose it for you.
The Wahama boys basketball team committed 24 turnovers and trailed by 15 in the final rebounding tally Wednesday night in Washington County, as Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division host Waterford claimed a 73-50 victory.
The Wildcats (17-4, 14-2 TVC Hocking) — who earned a share of the league title with the win — scored the games first 11 points and led by as many as 14 in the opening stanza. Wahama (7-11, 7-8) cut the deficit to one point at 16-15, but the hosts scored the final four points of the first quarter and led 20-15.
Waterford’s lead grew to 41-31 by halftime and 60-39 by the end of the lopsided third period. The Washington County team closed out the 73-50 victory with an 13-11 fourth quarter spurt.
Wahama junior Philip Hoffman led the White Falcons with 17 points, six rebounds and three assists, followed by Ryan Thomas with 10 points. Travis Kearns recorded nine points and six rebounds, Noah Litchfield added six points and six boards, while Nolan Pierce posted four points and six rebounds. Mason Hicks rounded out the Red and White scoring with four points in the setback.
The White Falcons shot 4-of-13 (30.8 percent) from the free throw line and 20-of-48 (41.7 percent) from the field, including 6-of-17 (35.3 percent) from beyond the arc. As a team Wahama recorded 27 rebounds, eight assists, six steals, two blocks and 24 turnovers.
Bryce Hilverding led the victors with 19 points and three assists, followed by Montana Brooker with 11 markers. Wyatt Lang and Jordan Welch both scored eight points, while pulling in nine and eight rebounds respectively. Isaac Huffman posted seven points, Riley Burns added six, Cody Harris chipped in with five, while Noah Hilverding scored three. Andrew Thieman, Travis Pottmeyer and Clayton Campbell rounded out the Waterford offense with two points apiece.
The Wildcats shot 3-of-7 (42.9 percent) from the free throw line and 30-of-73 (41.1 percent) from the field, including 10-of-30 (33.3 percent) from beyond the arc. The Green and White posted 42 rebounds, nine assists, 20 steals, four blocks and 11 turnovers in the win.
Waterford also defeated Wahama in Mason on February 12, by a 54-47 final. The Wildcats share the 2015-16 TVC Hocking championship with Trimble, which secured its share of the crown with a win over Belpre on Tuesday.
Waterford’s last league title came in the 2013-14 season when the Green and White shared the crown with Southern, while Trimble becomes the first team to repeat as league champions since Eastern won back-to-back titles under current THS head coach Howie Caldwell in the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons.
Wahama returns to action on Friday when the Red and White host in-county foe Hannan in a non-league tilt.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.