BELPRE, Ohio — A 23-15 third quarter surge ultimately allowed host Belpre just enough breathing room Friday night during a hard-fought 74-72 victory over the Wahama boys basketball team in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup in Washington County.
The visiting White Falcons (6-10, 5-8 TVC Hocking) kept pace with the Golden Eagles through 16 minutes of play, as both teams found themselves deadlocked at 18 after eight minutes of play. Both squads also netted 21 points apiece in the second canto, which led to a 39-all tie at the intermission.
Belpre (9-8, 9-4) then made its biggest charge of the night in the third canto, which allowed the hosts to secure a 62-54 edge headed into the finale.
WHS answered the bell to start the fourth quarter, as the White Falcons went on an 11-2 surge to claim its only lead of the second half at 65-64 with less than four minutes left in regulation.
BHS, however, countered with a small 10-7 spurt the rest of the way, which allowed the hosts to secure a season sweep of Wahama. The Eagles posted a 53-46 victory at WHS in the first matchup back on January 4.
Hunter Bradley led Wahama with 20 points, followed by Austin Jordan with 19 points and Wyatt Zuspan with 16 markers. Trenton Gibbs was next with seven points and a team-best 12 rebounds, while Dakota Sisk and Jacob Ortiz rounded out the respective scoring with six and four markers.
The White Falcons committed 15 turnovers and were 9-of-14 at the charity stripe for 64 percent. Bradley also had team-highs of 10 assists and three steals in the setback.
Dakota Huffman paced BHS with a game-high 27 points, followed by Nick Therriault with 19 points and Bryce Pittenger with 12 markers. Belpre was also 9-of-14 at the charity stripe for 64 percent.