POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — It’s never over until its over.
A 25-14 fourth quarter charge ultimately allowed the Point Pleasant boys basketball to rally back from a double-digit first half deficit Monday night en route to a 76-71 victory over visiting St. Albans in a non-conference matchup in Mason County.
The host Big Blacks (11-7) picked up their sixth win in seven outings and also claimed a season sweep of the Red Dragons, who dropped a 67-48 home decision to PPHS back on Jan. 2. The rematch, however, proved to be anything but decisive.
SAHS (3-15) jumped out to a 23-19 advantage eight minutes into regulation, then the guests followed with a 20-15 second quarter surge that ballooned the lead out to 43-34 at the break.
Point Pleasant found its rhythm in the second half, as the hosts made a 17-14 run in the third to close to within 57-51 headed into the finale. Alex Somerville and Wade Martin scored all 25 points for PPHS down the stretch, which included a combined 11-of-14 effort from the charity stripe.
PPHS had only five players reach the scoring column, three of whom posted double figures in the triumph. Somerville led the Big Blacks with a game-high 31 points, with 11 of those coming the decisive fourth quarter.
Martin was next with 25 points, while Aden Yates and Nick Templeton respectively contributed 12 and five points to the winning cause. Brian Gibbs also had three markers to round out the scoring for Point, which went 18-of-31 at the free throw line for 58 percent.
Quamise Carter paced St. Albans with 20 points, followed by Jeffrey Seams with 19 points and Kevic Watkins with 13 markers. The guests were 11-of-18 at the charity stripe for 61 percent.