ONA, W.Va. — Another respectable effort that again came up short.
Just 24 hours after dropping a spirited 70-56 decision to Mountain Mission — the second-ranked team in all of Virginia — the Point Pleasant boys basketball team once again suffered heartbreak Saturday night following a 69-63 setback to host Cabell Midland at the 2015 CMHS Tournament held in Cabell County.
The visiting Big Blacks (0-2) were on fire early, as Douglas Workman and Bradley Gibbs combine to net five trifectas in the opening canto — allowing PPHS to secure a 21-15 advantage after eight minutes of play. The Scarlet Knights countered with a 20-7 second quarter run, which allowed the hosts to take a 35-28 cushion into the break.
Gibbs and Cason Payne combine for 14 points as Point Pleasant made a 20-16 surge in the third canto, which cut the deficit down to 51-48 headed into the finale. CMHS, however, closed regulation with an 18-15 run to wrap up the two-possession outcome.
Gibbs and Payne led the guests with 17 points apiece, followed by Trenton Tucker with 13 points and Workman with a dozen markers. Will Harbour rounded out the scoring with four points. PPHS was 23-of-37 at the free throw line for 62 percent.
Alex Ray paced Cabell Midland with a game-high 19 points, followed by Hunter Shockey with 12 points and Jovaun Light with 11 markers. Hayden Cooper and Trey Chapman were next with nine points apiece, while Jason Gibson and Griffin Adkins respectively chipped in eight and four markers.
Tanner Brandon, Tristan Keeton and Jaycob Gooderham rounded out the winning tally with three points, two points and one point, respectively. CMHS was 19-of-25 at the charity stripe for 76 percent.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.