CENTENARY, Ohio — It all came down to the final eight minutes.
Through three quarters of play Portsmouth and Ohio Valley Conference host Gallia Academy were tied at 50, but the fourth quarter belong the the visiting Trojans and PHS claimed the 67-62 win, Friday night in Gallia County.
The Blue Devils (4-7, 3-5 OVC) led 15-14 at the conclusion of the first quarter, on the strength of eight points by senior forward Wes Jarrell. The Trojans (6-5, 3-2) adjusted in the second quarter and led 29-27 at halftime.
Gallia Academy outscored Portsmouth 23-to-21 in the fast-paced third period, but the Trojans ended the game with a 17-to-12 run and the 67-62 victory.
Jarrell led the Blue and White with 14 points, followed by Evan Wiseman, Kole Carter and Devin Henry with 11 each. Miles Cornwell and Justin Peck both scored six points, while Justin McClelland added three points to the Blue Devil cause. GAHS was just 1-of-7 from the free throw line, equaling 14.3 percent.
Kendal Reynolds led Portsmouth with 24 points, while 2015 Division III AP District Player of the Year Ky’re Allison scored 18 points, 15 of which came after halftime. Mike Malone marked nine points, Trent Rodbell added eight, while Ethan Leonard had six and Reese Johnson contributed four. PHS was 17-of-25 (68 percent) from the charity stripe in the win.
The Blue Devils will look to avenge this loss in the OVC finale on February 12, in Portsmouth.
GAHS, which visited Logan in Southeastern Ohio Athletic League play on Saturday, returns to action on Tuesday when Chesapeake visits Gallia County.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.