CENTENARY, Ohio — Hot shooting leads the Blue Devils to victory over Jackson.
The Gallia Academy boys basketball team shot nearly 50 percent from the field en route to a 66-39 victory over Southeastern Ohio Athletic League rival Jackson in Gallia County.
The Ironmen (1-17, 0-8 SEOAL) began the game with a 7-to-2 run but Gallia Academy (7-11, 3-5) answered with a 7-to-2 run of its own to tie the game at nine after the first period.
The Blue Devils took their first lead of the game at the 7:02 mark of the second period, but Jackson quickly tied the game at 11. GAHS went on to outscore Jackson 13-to-4 over the remainder of the quarter to take the 24-15 halftime advantage.
JHS scored the first two points of the second half but the Blue Devils went on to score the next nine points, pushing their lead to 16 points. GAHS closed the third period with a 12-to-9 spurt and led 45-26 with eight minutes remaining.
Jackson had its best offensive quarter of the night in the finale, as the Ironmen notched 13 points. Gallia Academy scored 21 points in the fourth period to seal the 66-39 victory.
“It didn’t look good but we got the win,” Gallia Academy coach Tom Moore said. “I give coach Kight all the credit in the world, he’s done an outstanding job bringing his team from where they were at the beginning of the year to where they are now.”
Justin Bailey paced the victors with 21 points on the night, making him the only Blue Devil in double figures. Seth Atkins chipped in with seven points, followed by Cody Call and Jeremy Wilson with six points apiece. Nick Clagg, Wade Jarrell and Aaron Jackson each marked five points, while Wes Jarrell and Jimmy Clagg both had four. Reid Eastman rounded out the GAHS scoring with three points in the victory.
The Blue Devils grabed 40 rebounds on the night, while they turned the ball over 13 time. GAHS committed 16 fouls in the game. Gallia Academy shot 13-of-28 (4.4 percent) from the charity stripe and 24-of-48 (50 percent) from the field. The Blue Devils hit five three-pointers on the night, led by Call and Atkins with two each. Wade Jarrell accounted for the other GAHS triple.
The Ironmen were led by Tyler Neal with 13 points and Casey Walker with seven. Evan Crabtree chipped in with six points, Nick Bachtel added five and Nathan Parks contributed four. Steven Kearns and Jordan Helman rounded out the JHS scoring with two points each.
Jackson finished the game with 27 rebounds and 16 turnovers. The Ironmen shot 8-of-12 (66.7 percent) from the line and 13-of-51 (25.5 percent) from the field. Jackson knocked down five triples, led by Neal with three. Walker and Bachtel each hit one three-pointer in the game.
This is the Blue Devils second win over JHS this season and Gallia Academy has now swept the Ironmen two of the last three seasons.