VINCENT, Ohio — Rebounding and defense will win a lot of basketball games.
The Warren boys basketball team not only held an eight rebound advantage, Friday night but also forced 28 turnovers en route to a 92-54 Southeastern Ohio Athletic League victory over visiting Gallia Academy.
The Warriors (10-3, 4-1 SEOAL) jumped out to an 18-6 lead over Gallia Academy (7-7 1-4) through the first quarter. Warren extended the lead to 49-18 by halftime and 72-37 by the end of the third quarter. The Blue Devils were outscored 20-to-17 in the fourth period and WHS took the 92-54 victory.
The Blue Devils scoring was led by Jacob Streiter with 18 points and Reid Eastman with 11. Michael Putney had seven points, Wade Jarrell marked six, Wes Jarrell added five, and Isiah Franklin marked three. Kole Carter and Alex White both marked two points, rounding out the GAHS scoring.
Gallia Academy shot 23-of-49 (46.9 percent) from the field, including 5-of-9 (55.6 percent) from beyond the arc, with Eastman and Wade Jarrell each accounting for a pair of triple and Franklin making one. The Blue Devils were 3-of-12 (25 percent) from the free throw line.
GAHS pulled down 26 rebounds, led by White with seven. Carter finished with a team-high four assists, while Eastman led the defense with two steals. As a team the Blue Devils had 12 assists and five steals, while committing 28 turnovers.
The Warriors were led by Evan French with 26 points and Reece Patton with 21 points, followed by Michael Hall and Blake Kidder with 12 each. Andrew Henthorn and Corey Newlen each had five points, Andrew Drayer added four, Aaron Mazurkiewicz had four, Aaron Mazurkiewicz chipped in with three, and Kyle Dennis finished with two points.
Warren shot 37-of-64 (57.8 percent) from the field, 9-of-19 (47.4 percent) from three and 9-of-15 (60 percent) from the free throw line. As a team WHS had 34 rebounds, 25 assists, 11 steals and 10 turnovers. Kidder had a game-high eight boards, while Henthorn led the way with eight assists and three steals.
The Warriors also defeated GAHS on December 6, in Centenary. The Blue Devils have now lost two of their last three games.