MASON, W.Va. — Defense is the key to pulling off a comeback.
The Wahama boys basketball team — which trailed visiting Belpre by eight points headed into the fourth quarter of Friday night’s Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division tilt on Gary Clark Court — allowed the Golden Eagles to scored just nine points over the final eight minutes, as the White Falcons stormed back to take the 68-64 win.
Belpre (9-9, 7-5) outscored the White Falcons (6-6, 6-4) 19-to-13 in the opening period, but Wahama rallied back to take a 34-33 lead into halftime.
The Golden Eagles regained the advantage with a 22-to-9 third quarter run, which made the Orange and Black advantage 55-47 headed into the finale. The Red and White outscored Belpre by a 21-to-9 clip over the final eight minutes, capping off the comeback victory.
WHS junior Mason Hicks paced the Red and White with 26 points, followed by Noah Litchfield with 19. Philip Hoffman and Ryan Thomas each scored nine points, Ricky Kearns added three, while Nolan Pierce finished with two in the triumph.
The White Falcons connected on 15-of-23 free throw attempts, equaling 65.2 percent.
Nathan Mason, Tavian Miller and Ethan Williams each scored 12 points to lead the guests, while Deijon Bedgood scored nine points in the setback. Cole Knotts and Mythius Houghton both scored six points, Bailey Sprague chipped in with five, while Kaunice Wadeker rounded out the BHS scoring with two points.
Belpre made just 8-of-13 free throw attempts, equaling 61.5 percent.
The season series between Belpre and Wahama now sits tied at 1-1, as the Orange and Black claimed a 70-53 victory over the White Falcons on December 18 in Washington County.
Wahama returns to action on Tuesday when 4-13 Federal Hocking visits Mason. The White Falcons topped the Lancers by a 54-36 count on December 22, in Stewart.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.