MASON, W.Va. — Wahama finally had its luck at home run out.
The South Gallia boys basketball team forced 20 turnovers and made a 5-0 run over the final 12 seconds of regulation Friday night en route to a nail-biting 63-57 decision over host Wahama in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup in Mason County.
The Rebels (8-2, 5-2 TVC Hocking) became the first road team to beat the White Falcons (4-4, 3-4) at Gary Clark Court in four chances this year, but the task proved to be a lot tougher than one might have expected.
SGHS never trailed over the final 21:46 of regulation and held its largest lead of the night at 58-48 with 1:36 remaining in the fourth, but Noah Estep reeled of nine straight points to get WHS back to within 58-57 with 26 seconds left. The Rebels, however, scored the final five points from the free throw line to wrap up the six-point outcome.
South Gallia — winners of four straight — took a permanent lead at the 7:17 mark of the fourth quarter after Joseph Ehman hit the third of his five trifectas on the night, giving the guests a 43-40 cushion.
Wahama closed to within 45-44 following a Philip Hoffman bucket at the 5:37 mark, but the Rebels answered with a 13-4 surge over the next four minutes while securing their only double-digit lead of the night. Estep followed with a pair of old-fashioned three-pointers and a trifecta over the next 1:10, but WHS ultimately ran out of time during its comeback bid.
There were nine lead changes and three ties in the opening period as Wahama led 16-15, but SGHS broke away from a 21-all tie with a 7-3 run over the final 4:27 of the half for a 28-24 intermission edge. Wahama rallied back to 35-all at the three-minute mark of the third, but the guests closed the canto on a 5-2 spurt for a 40-37 cushion.
The White Falcons outrebounded the guests by a sizable 37-25 overall margin, including a 14-10 edge on the offensive glass. The hosts, however, committed 16 of their 20 turnovers in the first three periods, while South Gallia finished the night with 15 miscues.
The Rebels connected on 24-of-54 field goal attempts for 44 percent, including a 5-of-15 effort from three-point range for 33 percent. The guests were also 10-of-15 at the free throw line for 67 percent.
Ehman — fresh off a school record 40 points Tuesday night against Eastern — led SGHS with a game-high 35 points, with 23 of those coming in the second half. Kane Hutchinson was next with 10 points, while Corey Rhodes chipped in nine markers.
Darrin Drenner and Dominick Johnson each contributed four points to the winning cause, while Curtis Haner rounded out the scoring with one marker. Hutchinson and Johnson each paced the Rebels with five rebounds.
The White Falcons sank 19-of-55 shot attempts for 35 percent, including a 5-of-20 effort from behind the arc for 25 percent. The hosts were also 14-of-19 at the charity stripe for 74 percent.
Estep paced the hosts with 21 points, followed by Mason Hicks with 14 points and Hoffman with eight markers. Ryan Thomas was next with five points, while Travis Kearns and Noah Litchfield each contributed four markers.
Nolan Pierce wrapped up the Wahama tally with one point. Hoffman hauled in a game-high 13 boards in the setback.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.
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