Ripley rolls Big Blacks, 85-60


By Paul Boggs - [email protected]



Point Pleasant’s Trace Derenberger (50) shoots over Ripley’s Luke Layhew (33) during Tuesday night’s boys basketball game.


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POINT PLEASANT, W. Va. — Now this, unfortunately for Point Pleasant, was a bad matchup.

That’s because Ripley’s Luke Layhew poured in a massive 35 points, and the visiting Vikings rolled to an easy 85-60 boys basketball victory on Tuesday night.

Layhew — the standout standing six-foot, six inches tall — had 22 of those 35 in the first half, as the Vikings made it 2-for-2 this season in defeating the Big Blacks.

Ripley raised its record to 12-2, while PPHS fell to 2-11 with its seventh consecutive loss.

That streak actually started with a trip to Ripley.

On Dec. 30, in the championship tilt of the Viking Holiday Hoops Classic, Ripley pulled away from the Big Blacks by a count of 61-39 — thanks to a 23-4 second-quarter surge.

In the rematch on Tuesday, the Vikings didn’t wait, scoring the opening 11 points in the first three minutes — and 16 of the first 17 by the 2:40 mark of the first.

Ripley led 20-8 after one, 43-18 at halftime, then 69-36 by the end of the third frame.

The Vikings’ largest leads were a pair of 33-point margins — 67-34 with 55 seconds left in the third and 73-40 with 5:22 remaining.

Layhew had an old-fashioned three-point play just 12 seconds in, setting the tone for his monster 35-point night.

His highlight was a two-handed slam dunk with 27 seconds left in the third quarter, as he missed another dunk attempt at the quarter-end buzzer.

“They are a tough matchup for us and Layhew probably enjoys playing us,” said PPHS coach Josh Williams. “Our goal was to pack the paint in and make them try and beat us from the outside. You still have to respect their shooters, and if it’s not one, then it’s the other.”

Williams also praised the play of the Vikings’ guards.

“We knew we would have to make shots, but they are just hard to play our offense. We’re trying to get to the basket, but once you get past their guards, it’s like getting past the gauntlet and meeting the gatekeepers (post players). It’s just hard to finish over that size and athleticism. When we got down early, that shook everything up even more, even though we got adjusted after that first part (of the game).”

The Big Blacks were held to one-and-outs on their opening three possessions, before turnovers became a problem the entire night.

“We started out the season turnover-prone, then we got it fixed for a while, but it’s starting to creep back up,” said Williams. “We’ve been averaging about 21 turnovers the last few games. You just can’t win ballgames that way, especially against good teams like that. They are just going to convert turnovers into points.”

Layhew had seven of the opening 11 points, as Doug Workman finally got the Big Blacks on the board with a free throw at the 4:58 mark of the first quarter.

Trailing 16-1, Cason Payne made two free throws for Point Pleasant, before Workman made a deuce and a trey to get within 18-8.

The Big Blacks never got closer the remainder of the night.

Eli Casto and Nathan Hall had the Vikings’ only three-pointers of the game in the second quarter, opening up a 39-13 advantage with a minute-and-a-half left in the half.

Layhew had his 35 on 14 field goals and 7-of-7 free throws, while Chase Johnson added 12 on four field goals and 2-of-2 freebies.

Jamison Hunt had four field goals and 3-of-3 free throws for 11 points, as Casto chipped in nine on three field goals and 2-of-3 foul shots.

For those into counting, that is 67 of the 85 points from those four Viking starters.

Ripley was also 22-of-27 from the free-throw line.

A trio of Big Blacks — Workman, Parker Rairden and Bradley Gibbs — led the way with 12 points apiece, including five field goals and a free throw apiece from Rairden and Workman.

Gibbs made four of Point Pleasant’s nine treys, as Payne posted 10 points, including a pair of triples.

Brad Linger scored seven points on three field goals and a free throw, as Zavery McNeil with a three and Trace Derenberger and Trey Tucker with a deuce apiece rounded out the Red, Black and White.

The Big Blacks are back in action on Saturday when they travel to Huntington to take on Lincoln County in the Big Sandy Superstore Arena.

Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106.

Point Pleasant’s Trace Derenberger (50) shoots over Ripley’s Luke Layhew (33) during Tuesday night’s boys basketball game.
http://mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_1-28-PPTrace.jpgPoint Pleasant’s Trace Derenberger (50) shoots over Ripley’s Luke Layhew (33) during Tuesday night’s boys basketball game. Paul Boggs/OVP Sports

By Paul Boggs

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