Panthers outlast Point Pleasant, 62-50

By Bryan Walters - [email protected]

HAMLIN, W.Va. — Another tough night away from home.

The Point Pleasant boys basketball team dropped its fifth consecutive decision while also falling to 1-6 overall in road contests Friday night following a 62-50 non-conference setback to host Lincoln County.

The visiting Big Blacks (2-9) stayed competitive throughout the course of the contest, but Nathan Spencer scored 10 of his game-high 29 points during a 20-14 fourth quarter run that ultimately allowed the Panthers (8-3) to secure the 12-point triumph.

LCHS claimed a 13-11 advantage after eight minutes of play, then both teams traded 13 points apiece in the second canto en route to a 26-24 contest at the break.

Spencer and Jake Ashley each scored eight points during a 16-12 third quarter run by the hosts, but Will Harbour scored 10 of Point’s dozen markers in the canto — allowing the guests to enter the finale trailing by two possessions at 42-36.

Harbour led the Big Blacks with 17 points, followed by Parker Rairden and Bradley Gibbs with eight markers apiece. Trey Tucker and Cason Payne respectively added seven and six points in the setback.

Trenton Tucker was next with three points, while Douglas Workman rounded out the scoring with one point. PPHS netted five of its 20 field goals from behind the arc and also went 5-of-12 at the free throw line for 42 percent.

Ashley followed Spencer with 18 points and Brandon Holley also chipped 11 points for the victors. Corey Rusk and Jacob Kirkendall each added two points for the Panthers, who went 6-of-8 from the charity stripe for 75 percent. The hosts also netted six of their 25 field goals from three-point territory.

Point Pleasant returns to action Tuesday when it hosts St. Albans in a non-conference matchup at 6 p.m.

Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.

By Bryan Walters

[email protected]