MERCERVILLE, Ohio — Maybe all that was needed was a break.
Playing in its first game in almost two weeks, the South Gallia boys basketball team snapped a six-game losing skid Thursday night following a 55-45 victory over visiting Belpre in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup in Gallia County.
The Rebels (6-7, 5-4 TVC Hocking) — who started the season with a 5-1 mark — picked up their first victory of the 2014 campaign, thanks in large part to a good start and an even better finish.
The hosts jumped out to an early 9-6 advantage, then traded points with the Golden Eagles (5-8, 4-4) over the next two frames — which gave SGHS a slim 37-34 edge headed into the finale.
South Gallia — which led 22-19 at halftime — ended regulation with an 18-11 surge, wrapping up the 10-point victory. The triumph was the first since the Rebels held off Miller for a 65-63 home decision back on December 23.
The hosts had eight players reach the scoring column, led by Brayden Greer with a game-high 18 points. Landon Hutchinson was next with 11 points, while Mikey Wheeler and Ethan Swain each contributed six markers.
Ethan Spurlock was next with five points, followed by Dustin Hornsby with four points and Devin Lucas with three markers. Joseph Ehman had two points to round out the scoring for the Rebels, who were 22-of-34 at the free throw line for 65 percent.
Nick Therriault paced BHS with 12 points, followed by Brennen Ferrell with 11 points and Logan Plummer with eight markers. Belpre was 6-of-14 at the charity stripe for 43 percent.