HAMLIN, W.Va. — There’s a first time for everything.
The Point Pleasant boys basketball team won its season-best fifth straight decision and also moved above the .500 mark for the first time all season Friday night following a 64-49 non-conference victory over host Lincoln County.
The Big Blacks (10-9) — who lost eight of their first nine games this winter — have now won nine of their last 10 decisions overall, and PPHS also picked up a season sweep of the Panthers (9-11) in the process. Point Pleasant claimed a 51-43 home win in the first contest back on January 18.
Early on, however, LCHS appeared to have Point’s number, as the hosts stormed out to an 11-6 advantage after eight minutes of play. Alex Somerville netted a pair of trifectas for the guests in the opening period, but the rest of Point Pleasant was held scoreless during that span.
The Big Blacks found their rhythm in the second canto, as Point made a 20-14 run to secure a slim 26-25 edge at the intermission. PPHS kept that momentum going into the third canto by making a 20-13 charge, allowing the guests to claim a 46-38 lead headed into the finale.
Lincoln County was never closer than two possessions the rest of the way, as Point closed the fourth with an 18-11 run to wrap up the 15-point triumph.
Alex Somerville led PPHS with 20 points, followed by Dillon McCarty with 16 points and Wade Martin with 15 markers. Aden Yates was next with eight points, while Garrett Norris and Nate Chapman respectively rounded out the scoring with three and two markers.
Point Pleasant — which committed 13 turnovers in the contest — was 9-of-13 at the free throw line for 69 percent.
T.J. Arbough paced the Panthers with a game-high 21 points, followed by Schylar Kelley with 10 points and Tate Bragg with nine markers. LCHS was 8-of-18 at the charity stripe for 44 percent.