RACINE, Ohio — No late game heroics this time.
After dropping a 39-37 decision on a buzzer-beater back on December 4, the Southern boys basketball team had no trouble exacting some revenge Friday night following a 58-46 victory over visiting Federal Hocking in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division contest in Meigs County.
The Tornadoes (2-11, 2-7 TVC Hocking) picked up their first home win of the 2015-16 season, and the hosts did so with a pivotal 33-20 surge through the middle cantos.
The Lancers (3-10, 2-7) led 11-10 after eight minutes of play, but SHS answered with a 12-8 second quarter run that gave the Purple and Gold a slim 22-19 cushion at the break. Crenson Rogers scored nine third quarter points as part of a 21-12 charge that gave the Southern a 43-31 advantage headed into the finale.
Both teams scored 15 points apiece the rest of the way — with Tylar Blevins adding eight points for the hosts in the fourth — to wrap up the 12-point triumph.
Blevins led Southern with a game-high 25 points, with 17 of those coming in the middle periods. Rogers was next with 15 points, while Dylan Smith was next with 10 markers.
Blake Johnson, Clayton Wood, Jaylen Blanks and Trey Pickens rounded out the winning tally with two points apiece. The hosts committed 15 turnovers and also went 17-of-27 at the free throw line for 63 percent.
Pickens hauled in a team-high eight rebounds and Blevins grabbed another seven caroms. Blevins also dished out five assists and Smith came away with five steals.
A.J. Cobb paced FHHS with 14 points, followed by Ryan Harvey with 13 markers. Michael John and Carter Russell were next with six points apiece, while Randy Lantz chipped in five markers.
Deakin Dickerson and Walker Church rounded out the visitors’ tally with one point each. Fed Hock was 6-of-12 at the free throw line for 50 percent.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.