MERCERVILLE, Ohio — Snapping the skid.
It had been nearly a month since the South Gallia boys basketball team had tasted victory but the Rebels got back into the win column in the regular season finale with a 50-45 Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division victory over Miller in Gallia County.
The Falcons (9-13, 9-7 TVC Hocking) out scored South Gallia (6-16, 4-12) 12-to-7 in the opening period to take the momentum. Miller kept it going in the second quarter with a 14-to-12 run, led by Skylar Hook with 10 points in the stanza. SGHS trailed 26-19 at halftime.
The Rebel defense held MHS to just seven points in the third period, while South Gallia scored 13 to cut the Falcons lead to one point. SGHS rallied for 18 points in the fourth period, while Miller scored 12, giving the Red and Gold the 50-45 victory.
South Gallia was led by Ethan Swain with 14 points in the triumph. Brayden Greer marked 11 points, eight of which came in the final period, while Kody Lambert had 10 points for the game. Gus Slone added eight points, while Landon Hutchinson rounded out the SGHS total with seven points.
The Rebels shot 10-of-19 from the free throw line for 52.6 percent. Lambert and Swain each hit a pair of three-pointers for the victors.
Hook led the Falcons with 14 points, followed by Elijah Rader with 13 and Hunter Starlin with 12. Trent Abram marked five points, while Garrett Sinift added one point to round out the MHS total.
Miller was just 4-of-13 from the free throw line for 30.8 percent. Starlin hit two triples for the Falcons, while Abram had the other.
The Rebels lost to Miller on January 2nd in Hemlock by a count of 64-60. South Gallia last victory came on January 18th in a 55-50 game against visiting Waterford. The win snapped the Rebels’ six game skid.
The Rebels return to action in the sectional semi-final against Ironton St. Joseph Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at Meigs High School.