Point boys win AA title at IOGA

By Paul Boggs - pboggs@civitasmedia.com

GLENVILLE, W. Va. — Doug Workman went off yet again.

As a result, the Big Blacks are IOGA champions.

That’s because the senior sharp-shooting guard Workman poured in a career-high 39 points, and Point Pleasant posted a 71-57 victory over Braxton County in Saturday’s Class AA boys championship tilt of the inaugural Independent Oil & Gas Association basketball classic.

The week-long event was held inside the Waco Center on the campus of Glenville State College, and the Big Blacks made the IOGA their personal playground for two days.

On Wednesday, in the Class AA semifinals, Point Pleasant pushed past Nicholas County 67-50.

Workman went for 16 points in that contest — his first game since amassing 38 points, including seven three-pointers, in the Big Blacks’ 66-64 overtime triumph at Gallia Academy on Dec. 9.

On Saturday, he dialed in for five threes and 10 twos, and added four free throws for 39 — over half of his club’s 71 points.

In fact, he bagged all five of those treys in the first half, as Point Pleasant led 19-12 following the first quarter — and 41-23 at halftime.

Workman managed 10 points in the opening period, and tallied 13 — including three triples — of the Big Blacks’ 22 markers in the second stanza.

But Workman wasn’t the only red-hot Big Black on Saturday.

Cason Payne, Parker Rairden and Cameron Long landed second-quarter trifectas as well, giving the Big Blacks nine first-half threes — part of 10 for the entire game.

Rairden rained in a three-ball in the first period, while Will Harbour hit the final one in the last.

Rairden finished with 10 points on four field goals, as Harbour had four field goals for nine points.

Payne and Austin Liptrap scored five points apiece to round out the Big Blacks’ scoring.

Both had two field goals, as Liptrap made a third-quarter free throw.

Braxton did outscore Point Pleasant in the second half 34-30, including 18-12 in the third frame.

Cole Browning bucketed eight total field goals, including both of his squad’s two threes, towards a team-high 18 points.

Browning boasted eight of the Eagles’ 11 second-period points, including both triples.

Tayton Stout scored 16 points on six field goals and four made foul shots, while Garrett Shingler sank four baskets for eight.

The Big Blacks are now 3-1 with a three-game win streak, and will welcome Nitro tonight (Tuesday, Dec. 20) for their home opener.

Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106

By Paul Boggs