MASON, W.Va. — It’s not how you start something, but rather how you finish it.
Visiting Miller made a pair of pivotal runs late in each half Friday night and ultimately walked away with a 52-42 victory over the Wahama boys basketball team in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup in Mason County.
The host White Falcons (2-8, 1-6 TVC Hocking) dropped their fourth straight decision, as the Falcons (4-8, 4-3) jumped out to a small 14-13 edge before going on a 15-8 second quarter surge to secure a 29-21 lead at the intermission.
Wahama battled back with a 10-6 run in the third canto to pull within 35-31 headed into the finale, but MHS responded with a 17-11 run down the stretch to secure the 10-point triumph.
Hunter Bradley led WHS with 13 points, followed by Austin Jordan 10 points and Wyatt Zuspan with seven markers. Trenton Gibbs was next with five points, while Hunter Rose contributed three markers.
Derek Hysell and Jacob Ortiz rounded out the scoring with two points apiece. The White Falcons were 6-of-12 at the free throw line for 50 percent.
Elijah Rader paced Miller with a game-high 17 points, followed by Troy Ladd with seven points and Garrett Sinift with six markers. The guests were 16-of-24 at the charity stripe for 67 percent.