CENTENARY, Ohio — The Blue Devils set the tone early and rolled to victory over Saturday night.
The Gallia Academy boys basketball team led Southeastern Ohio Athletic League rival Jackson 50-to-13 at halftime, Saturday night in Gallia County, and the hosts cruised to the 77-32 triumph.
The Blue Devils (10-8, 2-4 SEOAL) opened up a 26-7 lead after the opening stanza and outscored Jackson (0-16, 0-6) 24-to-6 in the second quarter. The Blue and White extended their lead to 65-23 at the end of the third and closed the game with a 12-to-9 spurt to claim the 77-32 victory.
GAHS was led by Wes Jarrell with 18 points, followed by Alex White and Wade Jarrell with 12 each. Reid Eastman marked 11 points, Seth Atkins added eight, Michael Putney had seven, while Jacob Strieter finished with four. Trevor McNeal had three points and Isaiah Franklin rounded out the Gallia Academy total with two points.
The Blue Devils pulled down 40 rebounds, led by Eastman with nine and Wes Jarrell with seven. Eastman also led the team in assists with six of the 19 team helpers. GAHS had seven steals, two each from White and Wes Jarrell, while Strieter anchored the defense with three of the team’s five rejections.
The Blue Devils also defeated Jackson earlier this season in the Apple City, by a count of 54-38. The last Ironmen victory came last season in a victory at River Valley.