Point Pleasant fends off Miners, 62-55

By Alex Hawley - [email protected]

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Heading into the final week of the regular season on a high note.

The Point Pleasant boys basketball team will take momentum into the season’s final week, after claiming a 62-55 victory over guest Mingo Central on Saturday in ‘the Dungeon’.

The Big Blacks (7-9) — who fell at Mingo Central 55-42 in their second game of the season — were down 16-12 eight minutes in on Saturday.

Point Pleasant turned a four-point deficit into a four-point lead in the second period, outscoring MCHS 17-to-9 for a 29-25 halftime edge.

The hosts stayed hot after the break, outscoring the Miners 22-17 in the third quarter for a 51-42 lead headed into the finale.

Mingo Central scored 13 points in the final eight minutes, but the Big Blacks sealed the 62-55 win with 11, nine of which came from the foul line.

PPHS made 20 field goals in the game, 10 from each side of the arc. Meawhile, the guests made 13 two-pointers and nine triples. At the charity stripe, Point Pleasant sank 12-of-24 (50 percent), and Mingo Central hit 2-of-3 (66.7 percent).

Point Pleasant senior Kyelar Morrow connected on seven three-pointers and led all-scorers with 23 points. Hunter Bush scored 14 for the hosts, nine of which came in the final eight minutes. Eric Chapman was next with 13 points, followed by Trey Peck with seven, and Luke Derenberger with five.

Justin May paced Mingo Central with 14 points. Jarius Jackson and Preston Smith scored 11 apiece, Ethan Evans added 10, while Kyle Campbell claimed six, and Jake Cline came up with three points.

Next, PPHS is set to host Tolsia on Tuesday.

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By Alex Hawley

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Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.

Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.