POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — A few too many mistakes.
The Point Pleasant boys basketball team hit 10 trifectas and shot 45 percent from the field, but 25 turnovers ultimately allowed visiting Winfield to sneak away with a 67-59 victory Thursday night in a non-conference matchup in Mason County.
The Big Blacks (0-3) led all but 38 seconds of the opening frame as the hosts canned 6-of-11 three-pointers en route to a 20-12 first quarter advantage, but the Generals (2-2) countered by picking up the pressure — which resulted in 20 turnovers through the next three periods of play.
WHS turned those extra offensive chances into a benefit in the second canto as the guests made a 19-10 surge out of the gates, which led to a slim 31-30 cushion with 1:36 remaining in the half. PPHS never led again the rest of the way.
Winfield then wrapped up a 25-13 second quarter run with a 6-3 spurt over the final 1:15 of the half, which gave the Green and White a 37-33 advantage at the break.
Point Pleasant whittled its deficit down to one possession on three separate occasions in the third period, but a 6-1 run over the final 2:37 allowed the guests to turn a 43-40 edge into a 49-41 lead headed into the finale.
The Big Blacks managed to cut the deficit down two twice at 55-53 and again at 57-55 with 2:35 remaining, but the Generals closed remainder of regulation on a 10-4 run — allowing Winfield to come away with the eight-point decision.
Except for the turnovers, the statistical information for both teams proved to be somewhat similar. Winfield outrebounded the hosts by a 30-27 overall margin, which included a small 7-6 edge on the offensive glass. The Generals, however, committed only 16 miscues in the triumph — nine less than their opposition.
Turnovers were also the main subject of discussion with PPHS coach Josh Williams following the game. And, as he noted, these mistakes are the difference between winning and currently being winless through three games.
“We knew coming in that turnovers had been an issue for us in previous games and we also knew that we had to do a better job of taking care of the ball, but we didn’t get that done tonight,” Williams said. “A lot of our problems right now are self-inflicted because we are too loose with the ball. The effort is there, I feel that our defense has been pretty decent and the kids are playing well together. We’re playing well enough to win, but these mistakes are ultimately coming back to bite us.”
Point Pleasant committed seven turnovers apiece in the middle quarters, which eventually led to a 37-21 surge during that span. Winfield, conversely, committed only eight turnovers total between the second and third frames.
The Big Blacks connected on 20-of-44 shot attempts overall, which included a 10-of-20 effort from three-point territory for 50 percent. The hosts were also 9-of-17 at the free throw line for 53 percent.
Douglas Workman hit seven trifectas and led PPHS with a game-high 23 points, followed by Bradley Gibbs with 22 markers. Will Harbour was next with six points, while Trey Tucker and Trenton Tucker each chipped in three points.
Parker Rairden rounded out the scoring with two points. Cason Payne led the Big Blacks with eight rebounds and Harbour also added seven boards.
The Generals netted 25-of-48 field goal attempts for 52 percent, including a 3-of-15 effort from behind the arc for 20 percent. WHS was also 14-of-24 at the charity stripe for 58 percent.
Braeden McGrew paced Winfield with 18 points, followed by Trevor Cantrell with 17 points and Peyton Moore with 15 markers. Andrew Huff and Zach Strong were next with six points apiece, while Kyle Machel rounded out the winning tally with five points.
Moore led the guests with a game-high 13 rebounds and Huff also hauled in nine caroms.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.