WINFIELD, W.Va. — It isn’t always how you start but rather how you finish.
The Point Pleasant boys basketball team led host Winfield through the first quarter of Thursday night’s Class AAA Region 4, Section 1 semifinal. The Generals rebounded from their slow start to take the five-point lead into the fourth and they put PPHS away with a 21-12 run, ending the Big Blacks season by a count of 58-44.
Point Pleasant (14-9) led 14-to-9 after eight minutes of play, with senior Wade Martin leading the guest with seven first quarter points. All nine of Winfield’s (14-9) first quarter points came on John Bellomy three-pointers.
WHS senior guard Zach Fisher got in on the action in the second period, marking 10 points and helping the Generals to a 25-22 halftime lead.
The Green and White outscored PPHS 12-to-10 in the third quarter to increase the lead to five points with eight minutes to play. Winfield surged for 21 points in the final stanza and took the 58-44 victory in front of its home crowd.
Point Pleasant was led by all-time leading scorer Wade Martin with 16 points, followed by Alex Somerville with 13. Brian Gibbs marked seven points, Evan Potter added four, while Garrett Norris had three and Doug Workman finished with one.
PPHS was 6-of-12 from the free throw line for 50 percent, while connecting on four three-pointers in the setback.
The Generals were led by Zach Fisher with 19 points and John Bellomy with 18, followed by Colt Schoolcraft with 12 points, all of which came after halftime. Heath Diehl added five points, while Toby Show rounded out the WHS total with four markers.
The Green and White were 9-of-12 from the free throw line for 75 percent, while hitting nine trifectas in the win.
This marks the final game in the Red, White and Black for PPHS seniors Wade Martin, Evan Potter, Garrett Norris, Nick Templeton and Alex Somerville. Martin finishes his career at PPHS with 1,265 points, the most in school history by 22.
This is the second straight year PPHS has ended its season in the sectional semifinal, last year Hurricane defeated the Red, White and Black by a 78-61 count in Putnam County. This is the first time in over a decade that Point Pleasant has finished a season with single digit losses.