Big Blacks bounce Nicholas in IOGA Tourney


By Paul Boggs - [email protected]



GLENVILLE, W. Va. — The Big Blacks’ balanced scoring, and a sticky defense, paced Point Pleasant on Wednesday with its second consecutive boys basketball victory.

This time, the triumph came in the inaugural Independent Oil & Gas Association Classic at Glenville State College, as Point Pleasant pushed past Nicholas County 67-50 in the Class AA tournament.

With the win, the Big Blacks raised their record to 2-1 — and advanced to Saturday’s (Dec. 17) Class AA boys championship tilt against Braxton County.

Braxton, on Monday night, defeated Roane County — as Saturday’s showdown is set for 5 p.m.

Against the Grizzlies, Point Pleasant led 13-12 after the opening quarter, but the biggest difference was in the second and final frames.

The Big Blacks erupted for 20 points apiece in those two periods, leading 33-23 at halftime — and offsetting an 18-14 Nicholas advantage in the third.

Point Pleasant’s margin after three quarters stood at 47-41, but the Big Blacks burst out for a 20-9 output in the final stanza — limiting the Grizzlies to only four free throws and a Nick Nutter three-pointer.

While both clubs connected for four three-pointers, PPHS held a 24-18 advantage in total field goals — and made as many free throws (15) as Nicholas attempted.

Braydon Ralbusky and Doug Workman, with 16 points apiece, paced the Big Blacks’ balanced attack.

Ralbusky busted all four of the team’s threes, including a pair in the pivotal fourth quarter.

Workman, fresh off his 38-point and seven three-point goal outburst against Gallia Academy, wound up with four field goals and 8-of-14 free throws on Wednesday.

Cason Payne pumped in five field goals and 4-of-5 free throws for 14 points, while Will Harbour hit for three field goals and 3-of-4 free throws for nine.

Parker Rairden with three baskets, Trace Derenberger with two buckets, and Braxton Yates with one field goal rounded out the Big Blacks’ scoring.

Luke Grose, on seven total field goals and 2-of-5 fourth-quarter free throws, led the Grizzles and all scorers with 17 points.

Jacob Grose garnered 7-of-8 foul shots towards nine, as Nutter netted three deuces in addition to his trey.

Trey Milan, on three field goals and a first-quarter freebie, scored seven — while Tanner Huffman had a two and a three for five points.

In addition to Nutter in the fourth and Huffman in the second, Luke Grose in the first quarter and Isaac Sergeon in the second sank trifectas for Nicholas County.

Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106

By Paul Boggs

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