MASON, W.Va. — It’s not how you start something, but rather how you finish it.
The Wahama boys basketball team erased a five-point halftime deficit with a 38-25 second half surge Tuesday night en route to a 62-54 victory over visiting Federal Hocking in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup at Gary Clark Court in Mason County.
The host White Falcons (7-6, 7-5 TVC Hocking) picked up their second straight win while also claiming a season sweep of the Lancers. WHS posted a 54-36 decision at McInturf Gymnasium back on December 22 in Stewart.
Tuesday night’s contest, however, was anything but easy for the Red and White, as the Lancers (4-3, 2-10) stormed out to a 17-9 advantage after eight minutes of play. Wahama found its offensive touch in the second canto as senior Mason Hicks scored eight points during a 15-12 run, allowing the hosts to close to within 29-24 at the break.
Junior Philip Hoffman erupted for 10 points as part of a 19-10 third quarter push that gave WHS a slim 43-39 cushion headed into the finale, then Ryan Thomas provided seven points for the hosts as part of a 19-15 run down the stretch — allowing the White Falcons to pick up the eight-point triumph.
The Red and White netted five of their 22 field goals from behind the arc and also went 13-of-29 at the free throw line for 45 percent. The hosts also made only 3-of-9 free throw attempts in the fourth quarter.
Hoffman led the White Falcons with 21 points, followed by Noah Litchfield with 14 points and Thomas with 13 markers. Hicks was next with 12 points, while Travis Kearns rounded out the winning tally with two points.
The Lancers — who have dropped three straight decisions — made five of 23 field goals from three-point range and also went 3-of-6 at the charity stripe.
A.J. Cobb led FHHS with 21 points, followed by Randy Lantz with 11 points and Ryan Harvey with seven markers. Jared Hawk and Michael John each contributed six points, while Walker Church and Carter Russell respectively rounded things out with two points and one point.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.