GLOUSTER, Ohio — Not the start to the season the White Falcons had hoped for.
The Wahama boys basketball team opened the 2015-16 campaign Tuesday night, falling to defending Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division champion Trimble by a 61-43 count, in Athens County.
The Tomcats (1-0, 1-0 TVC Hocking) jumped out to an 18-8 lead through the first eight minutes of play, but Wahama (0-1, 0-1) cut the deficit to 20-16 early in the second stanza. THS finished the first half with an 9-6 run, and the White Falcons trailed 29-22 at the break.
The Tomcats outscored WHS 16-to-9 in the third canto, expanding the lead to 45-31 with eight minutes left in the game. Trimble’s lead was cut to 49-40 early with just over five minutes to play, but the hosts closed out the 61-43 win with a 12-3 run.
Noah Estep and Travis Kearns led the way for the White Falcons, each with 11 points. Philip Hoffman and Mason Hicks both finished with seven points, Ryan Thomas added six, while Nolan Pierce rounded out WHS total with one marker.
The White Falcons pulled in 17 rebounds, led by Hicks with six, while Thomas had six of the team’s 14 assists. Estep marked two of Wahama’s three blocked shots, while Thomas accounted for four of the guests’ 10 steals. WHS committed 17 turnovers and 15 fouls in the setback.
As a team the White Falcons shot 5-of-8 (62.5 percent) from the charity stripe and 16-of-43 (37.2 percent) from the field, including 6-of-22 (27.3 percent) from beyond the arc. Kearns accounted for three of the White Falcons’ trifectas, while Thomas had two and Hoffman added one.
The victors were led by sophomore Randy Hixon, who sank seven three-pointers en route to a game-high 27 points. Bryce Guthire posted nine points, Tyler Slack and Justice Jenkins each added seven, while Kameron Curry had five. Ryan Richards scored four points and Mitchell Campbell added two, rounding out the THS scoring. Neither Guthire or Jenkins played in the first half.
For the game, Trimble had 28 rebounds — led by Slack with six — 11 assists, 13 steals, 19 turnovers and 12 fouls. The hosts shot 14-of-19 (73.7 percent) from the free throw line and 20-of-40 (50 percent) from field, including 7-of-14 (50 percent) from three-point range.
Wahama — which hosts Eastern on Friday — will look to avenge this loss on January 19, when the Tomcats visit Mason.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.