HURRICANE, W.Va. — All good things must come to an end.
For the first time in three postseasons, the Point Pleasant boys basketball team will not be advancing to the state tournament following a 78-61 setback to host Hurricane Wednesday night in a Class AAA Region IV, Section 1 semifinal matchup in Putnam County.
The fourth-seeded Big Blacks (13-11) couldn’t make the third time the charm, as the top-seeded Redskins (18-5) claimed their third consecutive win over PPHS this season with the 17-point triumph. HHS claimed a 76-58 home decision in the season opener on December 8 and also posted a 69-60 win at PPHS back on January 4.
Point Pleasant managed to keep things close for one quarter, as the guests trailed by a slim 18-17 margin. Hurricane, however, followed with a 53-31 surge over the next two periods — allowing the hosts to secure a comfortable 71-48 cushion headed into the finale.
PPHS put together a 13-7 fourth quarter run, but ultimately ran out of time in its late-rally bid. The Redskins used a 26-17 second quarter run to claim a 44-34 edge at the intermission, then followed with a 27-14 surge in the third stanza.
It was the final basketball game for seniors Nate Chapman, Marquez Griffin, Dillon McCarty, Cody Pearson, Caleb Riffle, Adam Slack and Andrew Williamson in the Red, Black and White.
Given their collective record during their four years at the varsity level, the setback was a difficult one for first-year coach Josh Williams to discuss. But, Williams was quick to point toward all of the positives that these seven young men brought to the program.
“When you define and measure success, I think this senior group sets the bar,” Williams said. “They have enjoyed a winning season every year since seventh grade and been to two straight state tournaments. I don’t think too many classes can say that.”
Aden Yates led Point Pleasant with 14 points, followed by Wade Martin with 12 points and Adam Slack with 11 markers. Andrew Williamson was next with eight points, followed by Dillon McCarty — who ends his career as the program’s alltime leading scorer — with seven markers.
Alex Somerville chipped in five points to the losing effort, while Garrett Norris and Nate Chapman rounded out the scoring with two markers apiece.
Rassan Harris paced Hurricane with a game-high 27 points, followed by Henry Sorsaia with 14 points and John Dawson with 13 markers. Ian Miles also contributed 12 points to the winning cause.