LOGAN, Ohio — Logan went on the warpath in the second half Friday night, as the hosts shot 75 percent from the field after halftime en route to a 52-46 victory over the Gallia Academy boys basketball team in a Southeastern Ohio Athletic League matchup at Jim Myers Gymnasium in Hocking County.
The Blue Devils (1-4, 0-2 SEOAL) trailed 12-10 after one period of play, but the guests countered with a 10-4 run to open the second quarter and established a 20-16 edge late in the first half.
The Chieftains (2-1, 2-0) retaliated with a 6-0 spurt to regain the lead at 22-20, but Seth Atkins sank an offensive putback just before the halftime buzzer — knotting the game up at 22-all headed into the intermission.
LHS scored the first six points of the second half as part of a 9-2 run, which established a lead of 31-24 — the largest for either team in the contest. Logan never trailed again, but the Blue Devils did manage to close the rest of the third period on a small 9-7 spurt to pull within 38-33 headed into the finale.
GAHS never came closer the rest of the way, but the guests did cut their deficit down to 48-43 with 2:07 left in regulation. The Chieftains closed the game on a small 4-3 run to wrap up the six-point decision.
Logan made just 4-of-22 field goal attempts in the first half, but netted 15-of-20 shots after the break to finish the night 19-of-42 from the floor for 45 percent. The hosts also made 11-of-25 free throw attempts for 44 percent and 3-of-10 trifectas for 30 percent.
Gallia Academy, conversely, connected on 19-of-50 field goal attempts for 38 percent, including a 2-of-10 effort from three-point range for 20 percent. The guests were also 6-of-13 at the charity stripe for 46 percent.
GAHS claimed a 36-30 rebounding egde in the setback, but also committed 16 turnovers — compared to just 13 by the hosts. Gallia Academy also had eight assists and six steals in the contest.
Justin Bailed led the Blue and White with a game-high 13 points, followed by Cody Call with eight points and Wes Jarrell with six markers. Jimmy Clagg, Wade Jarrell and Seth Atkins each contributed four points, while Reid Eastman added three markers.
Nick Clagg and Alex White had two points apiece to round out the GAHS scoring. Wes Jarrell had a team-best six rebounds, while Call and Nick Clagg added team-highs of four assists and two steals, respectively. The loss was the fourth straight overall for the Blue Devils.
Anthony McNeal and Tristan Myers both paced Logan with 12 points apiece, followed by Josh Mutzner with nine points and Patrick Klingler with eight markers. McNeal led the hosts with a game-high eight rebounds, while Gaven Jourdan dished out a game-best six assists.