Submitted by Hobart Wilson, Jr.
Coach Gary Harrison’s Gallia Academy High School Blue Devils concluded Ohio Valley League basketball play Friday night by defeating visiting Chesapeake 58-30 in the Centenary gym.
The young Panthers, finished regular season play with a 5-17 overall record. In Ohio Valley League play, the Panthers finished with a 3-11 mark.
Gallipolis improved its overall record to 18-3. Inside the OVL, the Blue Devils placed second with an 11-3 record.
The regular season game against Point Pleasant originally scheduled for Saturday was rescheduled to Tuesday.
Gallipolis will play Zane Trace in the South Webster sectional post-season tournament on Friday, Feb. 23 in a Division II contest.
Friday night, Gallipolis trailed the Panthers 2-0 to start the game, but the Blue Devils finished first quarter play with a 14-6 lead.
Gallipolis blanked the visitors 17-0 in the second period to take a 31-6 halftime lead.
After three periods, Gallipolis led 46-18.
Coach Harrison emptied his bench in the final period.
Gallipolis was led by Zach Loveday’s 17 points, who departed with 3:05 left to play.
Gage Harrison added 12 and Logan Blouir seven points for the winners.
For Chesapeake, a roster filled with freshmen and sophomores and only two seniors, Tylan Hutchison and Josh Ramey each finished with eight points and Logan Walsh added five.
Chesapeake had 11 personal fouls and Gallipolis 10.
The Blue Devils made nine of 12 free throws and Chesapeake six of eight. Gallipolis made 14 two pointers and seven threes for 21 field goals, while Chesapeake made nine twos and two threes for 11 total field goals.
Loveday led Gallipolis on the boards.
Gallipolis also won the reserve game by 58-47 to conclude OVL play with a 11-3 mark and a second place finish in the league.
The Blue Imps were led by Cole Davis and Blain Carter with 13 points each. B. Carter added 11.
Trent Dearth and Josh Ramey led the Cubs with eight points each. Logan Walsh added six.
During halftime ceremonies, the Gallipolis 7th grade cagers, champions of the OVL, were introduced along with GAHS varsity wrestlers, who just won their third straight OVL title.