LOGAN, Ohio — You can’t start like that and expect to win many games.
The Gallia Academy boys basketball team trailed by 30 points after a disappointing first half in Saturday’s Southeastern Ohio Athletic League showdown at Jim Myers Gymnasium, allowing the host Chiefs to cruise to a 69-40 victory.
After allowing the 19 consecutive points to start the night, the Blue Devils (4-8, 0-2 SEOAL) finally got on the board with a two-pointer to end the first quarter. Logan (8-8, 2-0) outscored its guest 18-to-5 in the second stanza and led 37-7 at halftime.
The Blue and White offense came together in the second half, posting 16 points in the third quarter and 17 in the fourth. However, LHS scored 17 in the third and 15 in the fourth to cap off the 69-40 victory.
Devin Henry led the Blue Devil offense with 12 points, followed by Wes Jarrell with seven. Justin Peck and Justin McClelland both scored six points, Drew VanSickle added four, while Cory Call finished with three. Evan Wiseman rounded out the GAHS scoring with two points in the setback. Jarrell and Peck led Gallia Academy on the glass with four rebounds each.
The Blue Devils shot 5-of-11 (45.5 percent) from the free throw line and 17-of-43 (39.5 percent) from the field, including 1-of-8 (12.5 percent) from beyond the arc. As a team the guests marked 31 rebounds, five assists, six steals and 20 turnovers.
Caiden Landis led the Purple and White with 12 points, followed by Cole Baron and Bo Myers with 11 each. Lane Little scored eight points, Kory Henthorne added six, while Sam Evans and Colton Dixon both posted five points. Isaiah Smith contributed four points, Coby Bell, Dylan Mellinger and Brady Walsh each scored two, while Wes Brooks added one point in the win.
LHS was 5-of-11 (54.5 percent) shooting from the free throw line and 27-of-53 (50.9 percent) shooting from the field, including 9-of-18 (50 percent) on three-point attempts. As a team Logan had 27 rebounds, 20 assists, 14 steals and eight turnovers.
Gallia Academy — which has now lost five straight games — will look to avenge this loss on February 2, when the Chiefs visit Centenary.
After hosting Chesapeake in Ohio Valley Conference play on Tuesday, the Blue and White are scheduled to face SEOAL rival Jackson, on Friday in Gallia County.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.