GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — In a season filled with anything but stability, Eastern senior Jett Facemyer proved to be the most consistent element on the tri-county area hardwood.
For that reason, among others, Facemyer was chosen as the Player of the Year for the 2016-17 Ohio Valley Publishing ‘12’ boys basketball team — as chosen by the sports staff from the daily publications of the Gallipolis Daily Tribune, Point Pleasant Register and The Daily Sentinel.
Facemyer — a 6-foot combo guard — was the only player in the tri-county to average more than 20 points per game as the southpaw went for 22 points, five rebounds and 1.4 assists on every given night.
Facemyer also became the seventh EHS boy to surpass 1,000 career points during his senior campaign … and the first to accomplish the feat since the 2005-06 season.
Facemyer’s efforts allowed the Eagles to finish the year with a 9-14 overall mark … and Facemyer — one of only three repeat OVP 12 selections from last winter — was the lone EHS player chosen to the all-star squad.
The remaining 11 spots were split up between seven of the nine remaining schools, with Hannan (7-15) and South Gallia (3-20) both coming up empty in the selection process.
Gallia Academy had the best overall record in the OVP area at 16-7 and led the tri-county squad with three player selections, while Meigs (14-9) also came away with a trio of honorees — one of which was Ed Fry being named the coach of the year.
Point Pleasant (11-12) joined the Marauders with two player selections to the squad, while Ohio Valley Christian (15-11), Southern (11-12), Wahama (9-14) and River Valley (9-15) each had one representative on the local all-star team.
Joining Facemyer on the starting five unit were PPHS senior Douglas Workman, RVHS senior Jacob Dovenbarger, GAHS freshman Zach Loveday and MHS junior Christian Mattox.
Workman — a 6-foot-4 guard — led the Big Blacks with 15.8 points per game while also contributing 4.5 rebounds and two assists every night before suffering a season-ending knee injury in the final two weeks of the regular season.
Dovenbarger — a 6-6 center — led the Raiders with 14.3 points, 11.6 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game. RVHS was also the only boys program to win a postseason game in the tri-county area this winter.
Loveday — a 6-11 center — served as a vital piece in the Blue Devils’ interior after averaging 8.1 points, 8.7 rebounds and 5.3 blocks en route to a second place finish in the Ohio Valley Conference.
Mattox — a 6-1 guard — led the Marauders in scoring with a 13.9 average while also contributing 2.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.4 steals per outing.
The remaining seven bench players on the squad included Wahama senior Philip Hoffman and OVCS senior Elijah McDonald, the only other repeat selections to the OVP 12 team from last season.
Hoffman — a 6-2 forward that has signed to play baseball at Marshall University — averaged 15.4 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists and two steals for the White Falcons.
McDonald — a 5-8 guard — netted 16.8 points, four rebounds, 2.5 assists and two steals per game before suffering a knee injury in the final month of the regular season. McDonald — the Defenders’ fifth all-time leading scorer — joins Facemyer as the only career quadruple-digit scorers on the list.
Of the remaining five choices, only one was a senior — followed by two juniors and two sophomores. Senior Crenson Rogers — a 6-3 center — led the Tornadoes with 13.9 points and six rebounds per game.
The junior duo of Evan Wiseman and Justin Peck completed the Blue Devils’ choices. Wiseman — a 6-1 guard — averaged 11.2 points and 5.2 boards per game, while Peck — a 6-5 center — led GAHS in scoring with a 13.2 average while also hauling in 8.6 rebounds per night.
PPHS sophomore Cason Payne — a 6-2 guard — earned a spot after averaging 10 points, four assists and two steals per game.
MHS sophomore Zach Bartrum — a 6-0 guard — took the remaining spot on the OVP 12 team after averaging 8.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, two assists and 1.5 steals per game.
Other players receiving votes included PPHS senior Will Harbour, OVCS senior and 1,000-point career scorer Austin Ragan, RVHS junior Dustin Barber, HHS sophomore Dalton Coleman, SHS senior Tylar Blevins, SGHS sophomore Caleb Henry and MHS senior Jared Kennedy.
Neither special award-winner was a unanimous selection between the three voters. Workman received a single POY vote and GAHS coach Gary Harrison also received one vote as the area’s top coach.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.