White Falcons fend off Miller, 76-60

By Bryan Walters - bwalters@civitasmedia.com

MASON, W.Va. — There’s no place like home.

The Wahama boys basketball team started the new year on a positive note Tuesday night following a 76-60 victory over visiting Miller in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup at Gary Clark Court in Mason County.

The White Falcons (4-3, 3-3 TVC Hocking) picked up their second straight win while improving to 3-0 at home this season. WHS also outscored the Falcons (4-5, 1-4) in each of the four quarters while ending the Purple and White’s two-game winning streak.

Ryan Thomas scored seven points as Wahama jumped out to a 15-11 first quarter advantage, then Thomas and Philip Hoffman combined for 13 points as part of a 21-15 second period run — giving the hosts a 36-26 cushion at the break.

Both teams struggled through the third canto as Wahama made a small 11-10 spurt to take a 47-36 edge into the finale, then both teams made a furious charge down the stretch as WHS closed regulation on a 29-24 run — wrapping up the 16-point outcome.

Hoffman — who was held scoreless in the opening frame — led the White Falcons with a game-high 24 points, followed by Noah Estep with 14 points and Mason Hicks with 13 markers. Thomas also added 12 points to the winning cause, of all of which came in the first half.

Noah Litchfield contributed nine points for the hosts, while Nolan Pierce and Travis Kearns rounded things out with two points apiece. WHS was 9-of-16 at the free throw line for 56 percent.

Carson Starlin paced Miller with 20 points, followed by Garrett Bartley with 15 points and Seattle Compston with eight markers. Alec Eveland and Austin Knippa also had five points apiece in the setback.

Cole Geil was next with four points and Bobby Sockman wrapped up the scoring with three markers. The guests were 13-of-19 at the free throw line for 68 percent.

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By Bryan Walters