Submitted by Hobart Wilson, Jr.
Host Gallipolis defeated visiting Pt. Pleasant 74-26 on Senior Night in the GAHS gym in Centenary Tuesday night in a makeup game.
Pt. Pleasant led once during the 32 minute battle, 2-0 on 6-5 senior center Trace Derenberger’s goal shortly after the opening tip.
Gallipolis came back to take an 18-5 lead after one quarter and increased its score to 44-9 at halftime. The Gallians led the young Big Blacks 58-17 going into the final period.
Coach Garry Harrison cleared his bench early in the second half.
The loss left the Big Blacks 3-17 on the year.
Cory Call paced GAHS scorers with 13 points. Logan Blouir added 11 and Gage Harrison nine.
Zach Loveday tallied four points for the winners, but had several rebounds and blocked shots.
Derenberger led PPHS scorers with five points. PPHS’ roster included one senior, two juniors, 10 sophomores and two freshmen.
Officials called 19 personal fouls on the Big Blacks and 15 on the Blue Devils.
Pt. Pleasant made 10 field goals (eight two pointers and two three pointers) while Gallipolis made 29 field goals (22 twos and seven threes). PPHS made 4 of 10 foul shots while GAHS made nine of 19.
GAHS senior cagers honored for playing their last home game as Blue Devils were Gage Harrison, Kaden Thomas and Evan Wiseman.
Gallipolis made it a clean sweep by winning the freshman and JV games.
The GAHS freshmen beat PPHS 48-40 and the Gallia JVs won 65-37.
The GAHS frosh improved their record to 10-3 and the GAHS JVs finished the year with a 19-3 record.
High man for the GAHS frosh was Armstrong with 13 points. High man for the JVs was Ron Cox with 23 points. Gallipolis will play Zane Trace in the South Webster Sectional Tourney on Friday night.
John Milhoan, former GAHS great, gave a fouls shooting exhibition during Friday’s halftime ceremony.