Pointers snap Rebels’ win streak

By Paul Boggs - pboggs@civitasmedia.com

SOUTH POINT, Ohio — All things, whether good or bad, must eventually come to an end.

Unfortunately for the South Gallia Rebels, their 10-game win streak reached an abrupt conclusion in South Point on Tuesday night.

Outscored by seven points apiece in the opening and closing quarters, the Rebels lost at South Point 58-43 in a non-league boys basketball tilt.

The loss was the Rebels’ first since Dec. 15, snapping a string of 10 consecutive victories.

South Gallia is now 14-3, while South Point improved to 7-10.

It was the Red and Gold’s first loss in calendar year 2016, and its first setback this season against a larger school.

The Rebels swept fellow Gallia County clubs Gallia Academy and River Valley earlier this year.

South Point pushed out to a 16-9 lead following the first quarter, and extended its advantage to 37-29 after three periods, before leading by as much as 19 in the fourth.

The Rebels trimmed the halftime deficit to 22-19, but were outscored 36-24 in the second half, including 21-14 in the fourth quarter.

Four consecutive Pointer turnovers in the fourth quarter cut their lead to 12, when South Gallia took full advantage and made a late charge.

South Gallia did shoot a warm 47-percent (17-of-36), but the Pointers were sizzling, shooting 57-percent on 20-of-35.

The Pointers also enjoyed a 15-of-19 free-throw performance, while the Rebels only attempted 14 — and failed to make any of their five three-point tries.

Landon Hutchinson, on six field goals and 4-of-7 free throws, led the Rebels with 16 points.

Joseph Ehman added 10 on five field goals, while Darren Drenner — on two field goals and 2-of-2 freebies — scored six.

Corey Rhodes and Caleb Henry had two field goals apiece, while Kane Hutchinson hit 3-of-4 foul shots.

Tayshaun Fox finished with 14 points on four field goals and 6-of-6 fourth-quarter free throws to pace the Pointers.

Fox scored 10 of those markers in the fourth, as he also dished out eight assists.

Chris Woodard, with five field goals and 2-of-2 tosses, scored a career-high 13.

Woodard, Jared Whitt and Caleb Pennington each nailed a three-pointer, as Whitt wound up with nine points and Caleb Eplion added five.

Woodard netted nine points in the opening period for South Point, as Elijah Adams and Logan Wade wound up with seven points apiece.

The Rebels return to the road, and return to Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division action, on Friday night at Eastern.

South Gallia, at 10-2 in the TVC-Hocking, remains tied for first-place with both Waterford (10-2) and Trimble (10-2).

Speaking of Trimble, the Rebels host the Tomcats in an all-important league makeup contest come Saturday night.

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

By Paul Boggs