Belpre rallies past White Falcons, 69-56

Bryan Walters

January 11, 2014

BELPRE, Ohio — It’s never over until it’s over.

Belpre made a 28-8 fourth quarter charge, allowing the hosts to rally back for a 69-56 victory over the Wahama boys basketball team Friday night in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup in Washington County.

The White Falcons (2-7, 1-5 TVC Hocking) trailed 16-9 after eight minutes of play, but the guests rallied with a 20-12 second quarter run to secure a small 29-28 intermission advantage. WHS kept that momentum going in the third canto as the White Falcons went on a 19-13 run to claim a comfortable 48-41 cushion headed into the finale.

The Golden Eagles, however, went on a 19-4 surge over the opening four-plus minutes of the fourth, allowing the hosts to turn a three-possession deficit into a 60-52 lead with 3:20 left in regulation. BHS (5-4, 4-1) followed with a 9-4 run the rest of the way to wrap up the 13-point triumph.

Wahama — which has now dropped two straight decisions and 4-of-5 overall — connected on 21-of-57 field goal attempts for 37 percent. The guests also committed 15 turnovers and made 7-of-10 free throw attempts for 70 percent.

Hunter Rose led WHS with a game-high 20 points, followed by Wyatt Zuspan with 12 points and Ben Foreman with nine markers. Hunter Bradley was next with seven points, while Derek Hysell chipped in four markers.

Michael Hendricks and Brent Larck rounded out the scoring with two points apiece. Wahama — which is now 0-4 in road games this winter — also hauled in 30 rebounds, with Rose leading the way with seven caroms.

Belpre netted 18-of-41 shot attempts for 44 percent and made 23-of-30 charity tosses for 77 percent. The hosts — winners of five of their last six contests — committed 16 turnovers and also pulled down 30 rebounds in the triumph.

Nick Therriault paced BHS with 19 points, followed by Brennen Ferrell with 17 points and Tavian Miller with 13 markers. Belpre netted 10 trifectas in the contest, compared to seven by the guests.