PROCTORVILLE, Ohio — The road has not been kind to the Blue Devils.
The Gallia Academy boys basketball team fell to 1-5 in road games while dropping its third straight decision Tuesday night following a 77-55 setback to host Fairland in an Ohio Valley Conference contest in Lawrence County.
The visiting Blue Devils (4-6, 3-4 OVC) ran into the unfortunate side of an early hot hand, as the Dragons (8-2, 6-0) stormed out to a 22-11 first quarter advantage and never looked back.
GAHS, however, received eight points from Justin Peck and six more from Wes Jarrell during a 20-17 run in the second canto, allowing the Blue and White to close to within 39-31 at the break.
Fairland held that Gallia Academy duo to just six points the rest of the way, and the Green and White made a small 20-15 run in the third to secure a 59-46 cushion headed into the finale.
The Dragons made only 6-of-14 free throws in the fourth, but the hosts closed regulation on an 18-9 surge to wrap up the 22-point triumph.
Gallia Academy netted 24-of-56 field goal attempts for 43 percent, including a 2-of-7 effort from three-point range for 29 percent. The guests were also outrebounded by a sizable 35-19 overall margin and went 5-of-8 at the free throw line for 63 percent.
Peck led GAHS with 16 points and Kole Carter added 10 points, while the duo of Jarrell and Miles Cornwell each contributed six markers in the setback. Evan Wiseman and Derek Henry were next with five points apiece.
Drew Van Sickle chipped in four points and Justin McClelland rounded out the scoring with three markers. Peck also hauled in a team-high eight rebounds for the guests.
The Dragons made 30-of-60 shot attempts for 50 percent, including a 1-of-11 effort from behind the arc for nine percent. The hosts also finished the night 13-of-21 at the charity stripe for 62 percent.
Kollin Van Horn led FHS with a double-double effort of 19 points and 15 rebounds, followed by Gunner Short with 15 points and Luke Thomas with 11 markers. Isaiah Howell and Hunter Ashton also chipped in 10 and six points, respectively, for the victors.
Ty Staten had five points, both Kendrick Cunningham and Darius Stapleton contributed four points apiece, and Brandon Porter added three markers to wrap up the Fairland tally.
Gallia Academy hosts Portsmouth Friday in an OVC contest and travels to Logan Saturday for a Southeastern Ohio Athletic League tilt. Both games will start at approximately 7:30 p.m.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.
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