POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Another tough night against the Blue and White.
After dropping a 61-39 decision to Ripley Wednesday night, the Point Pleasant boys basketball team ran into a similar buzzsaw Saturday during a 72-45 setback to visiting Warren in a non-conference matchup in Mason County.
The host Big Blacks (2-6) dropped their second straight decision in opening the new year as the Warriors (6-2) stormed out to an 18-8 first quarter advantage and never looked back. WHS senior Bryce Gandee nailed five trifectas as a part of 24-17 second quarter surge that allowed the guests to secure a 42-23 edge at the intermission.
PPHS showed some signs of resiliency in the second half after going on a 13-9 run to close to within 57-36 through three periods of play, but the Warriors wrapped up regulation on a 21-9 surge to complete the 27-point outcome.
Point Pleasant had nine different players reach the scoring column, with Bradley Gibbs leading the way with 12 points. Douglas Workman and Cason Payne were next with six points apiece, followed by Parker Rairden with five markers.
Trenton Tucker and Trace Derenberger were next with four points apiece, while Jason Sayre and Matthew Martin each contributed three markers. Brandon Henderson also had two points for the Big Blacks, who went 13-of-21 at the free throw line for 62 percent.
Gandee led Warren with a game-high 23 points, followed by Josh Huffman with 17 points and Kyler Dennis with 10 markers. Chase Weihl and Bishop Ford respectively chipped in nine and eight points to the winning cause as well.
Trace Congleton had three points and Noah Nichols rounded out the WHS tally with two markers. Warren — which hit 11 three-pointers total — netted 5-of-8 free throw attempts for 63 percent.
Point Pleasant returns to action Tuesday when it travels to Nitro for a 7:15 p.m. contest.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.