NELSONVILLE, Ohio — The second quarter made all the difference.
Host Nelsonville-York used a 22-10 charge before halftime to ultimately come away with a 60-55 victory over the Southern boys basketball team Saturday night during a non-conference matchup in Athens County.
The Tornadoes (3-17) dropped their fourth straight decision, but the guests showed some early grit after ending the opening eight minutes of play tied at nine.
The Buckeyes (6-14), however, received seven points from Aron Davis and Noah Andrews hit two trifectas as part of that 12-point second period swing that allowed the Brown and Orange to secure a 31-19 cushion at the break.
Dylan Smith and Crenson Rogers each scored seven points as Southern made an 18-11 third quarter run to close to within 42-37, but both teams netted 18 points apiece down the stretch to wrap up the five-point outcome.
The Purple and Gold connected on 19-of-56 field goal attempts for 34 percent, including a 6-of-17 effort from behind the arc for 35 percent. The guests committed 14 turnovers and also went 11-of-17 at the free throw line for 65 percent.
Smith led SHS with 17 points, followed by Rogers with 15 points and Tylar Blevins with 13 markers. Blevins and Rogers also hauled in team-highs of five rebounds apiece.
Blake Johnson was next with four points, while Kody Greene and Trey Pickens rounded out the Tornado tally with three points each. Blevins also had team-highs of four assists and four steals.
Hunter Edwards paced NYHS with a game-high 18 points, followed by Davis with 17 points and Andrews with 13 markers. Ronnie Wend and Jonathan Richards also chipped in five and three points, respectively, to the winning cause.
Christian Berry and Jakob Talbert wrapped up the Buckeye total with two points apiece. The hosts were 14-of-26 at the charity stripe for 54 percent.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.