Blue Devils burn Rock Hill, 57-48

By Alex Hawley -

CENTENARY, Ohio — A week to remember.

In the past seven days, the Gallia Academy boys basketball team won all three of its contests, with the Blue Devils picking up a 57-48 win over Ohio Valley Conference guest Rock Hill, on Friday night in Gallia County.

Gallia Academy (4-1, 2-0 OVC) led by just three points, 16-13, at the end of the first period, but the Blue Devils went on a 13-to-5 run in the second.

GAHS outscored the Redmen by a 13-to-12 count in the third period, pushing its lead to 42-30. GAHS made 6-of-8 free throws in the fourth quarter — along with one three-pointer and a trio of two’s — to seal the 57-48 victory.

The Blue Devils were led by sophomore Justin McClelland, who connected on a game-best four trifectas en route to 16 points. Justin Peck poured in 14 points for the victors, Cory Call added eight points, while Evan Wiseman scored seven. Miles Cornwell and Zach Loveday both marked five points in the win, while Kaden Thomas rounded out the GAHS total with two points.

For the game, GAHS made 11-of-14 (78.6 percent) free throws, while Rock Hill went 3-of-6 (50 percent) from the stripe.

Mason Darby and Tim Adkins led the guests with 14 points apiece.

The Blue Devils will try to sweep RHHS on January 27, in Pedro.

Gallia Academy will return to action on Tuesday, at Jackson.

Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.

By Alex Hawley