MASON, W.Va. — All’s well that end’s well, and this ending went pretty well.
The Wahama boys basketball team overcame a 10-point halftime deficit with a 37-24 second half surge Saturday night en route to a come-from-behind 62-59 victory over visiting Federal Hocking in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup in Mason County.
The host White Falcons (6-8, 5-6) trailed 14-10 after eight minutes of play, then the league-leading Lancers (12-4, 10-2) made their biggest charge of the night with a 21-15 second quarter run to secure a double-digit 35-25 advantage at the intermission.
Wahama started its big comeback effort in the third period, using a 17-10 surge to pull within a possession at 45-42 headed into the finale. WHS completed its rally bid with a little over two minutes left in the game after taking a permanent lead at 56-54, then used a small 6-5 spurt the rest of the way to wrap up the one-possession triumph.
The White Falcons — winners of four straight decisions — salvaged a season split with the Lancers after dropping a 69-62 decision at FHHS back on December 21. Federal Hocking — which still leads Belpre by a game-and-a-half in the TVC Hocking standings — also had its six-game winning streak snapped.
Trenton Gibbs led Wahama with a game-high 26 points, followed by Austin Jordan with 14 points and Hunter Bradley with nine markers. Hunter Rose added eight points to the winning cause, while Dakota Sisk and Wyatt Zuspan rounded out the scoring with four points and one point.
WHS was 6-of-11 at the free throw line for 54 percent and also hit six trifectas in the contest, including four from Austin Jordan. Hunter Rose also nailed a pair of three-pointers in the decision.
Shawn Parsons paced Fed Hock with 15 points, followed by Terrance Mayle, Cliff Bonner and Max Carney with 10 markers apiece. FHHS was 11-of-18 at the charity stripe for 61 percent.
Before the game, Wahama retired the jerseys of former standouts Ralph Sayre, Charles Yonker, Gary Clark, Roger Dingey, John Barnitz and Isaac Lee — all 1,000-point career scorers for the White Falcons.