CENTENARY, Ohio — It just goes to show the importance of free throws.
The Gallia Academy boys basketball team shot 9-of-11 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter Monday night, as the Blue Devils held on for the 60-56 victory over visiting Rock Hill.
The Blue Devils (5-4) wasted little time establishing control, outscoring Rock Hill (1-7) 19-to-6 in the opening stanza. Rock Hill cut into the lead by scoring 20 in the second quarter and 15 in the third, narrowing the GAHS advantage to four points. Both teams marked 15 points in the finale and Gallia Academy secured the 60-56 win.
The Blue Devils were paced by Wes Jarrell with 22 points and Seth Adkins with 20. Wade Jarrell marked eight points, Kole Carter had four, while Reid Eastman, Devin Henry and Alex White each had two points in the win.
Austin Collins led the Redmen with 16 points, followed by Joey Stidham with 13 and Chance Blankenship with 12. Jordan Hairston had eight points, Alex Nance marked four, while Aaron Dalton finished with three.
The Blue Devils, which lost four games to start the season, are winners of five consecutive games.