HEMLOCK, Ohio — A 29-18 surge over the middle quarters and some clutch free throw shooting down the stretch ultimately allowed the South Galia boys basketball team to sneak away Tuesday night with a 59-50 victory over host Miller in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup in Perry County.
The visiting Rebels (3-1, 3-1 TVC Hocking) fell behind 14-7 after eight minutes of play, but SGHS rallied with a 13-9 run in the second canto to pull within 23-20 at the intermission. The Falcons (1-2, 1-2) were outscored 16-9 in the third period, allowing South Gallia to take a 36-32 edge into the finale.
The Rebels sank 9-of-12 free throw attempts in the fourth quarter, which helped the guests complete a 23-18 run down the stretch to secure the nine-point triumph.
South Gallia connected on 19-of-53 field goal attempts for 36 percent, including a 4-of-19 effort from three-point territory for 21 percent. SGHS also had team totals of 37 rebounds and 26 turnovers, two more miscues than the hosts’ tally of 24 giveaways.
Cory Haner led the guests with 15 points, followed by John Johnston with 14 points and Danny Matney with 10 markers. Dalton Matney and Levi Ellis added respective totals of nine and eight points, while David Michael rounded out the scoring with three markers.
The Rebels were 17-of-22 at the free throw line for 77 percent. Ellis had team-bests of 10 rebounds and six assists, while Haner added a game-high nine steals. Danny Matney was also 7-of-8 at the free throw line in the fourth quarter.
Trent Abram led the Falcons and all scorers with 26 points, but only four of those markers came in the middle quarters. Chase Glenaman and Skylar Hook added seven and six points, respectively, for the hosts. MHS was 4-of-11 at the charity stripe for 36 percent.
South Gallia returns to action Friday when it hosts Symmes Valley in a non-conference matchup at 6 p.m.
South Gallia 59, Miller 50
SG 7-13-16-23 — 59
M14-9-9-18 — 50
SOUTH GALLIA (3-1, 3-1 TVC Hocking): John Johnson 6 2-3 14, David Michael 1 0-1 3, Cory Haner 5 4-5 15, Levi Ellis 3 2-2 8, Danny Matney 1 7-8 10, Dalton Matney 3 2-3 9. TOTALS: 19 17-22 59. Three-point goals: 4 (Michael, Haner, Dan. Matney, Dal. Matney).
MILLER (1-2, 1-2 TVC Hocking): Trent Abram 9 3-5 26, Chase Glenaman 3 0-0 7, Skylar Hook 3 0-0 6, Hunter Starlin 2 0-0 5, Dakota Bond 1 0-2 3, Elijah Rader 1 0-0 2, Stephen McGrath 0 1-4 1. TOTALS: 19 4-11 50. Three-point goals: 8 (Abram 5, Glenaman, Starlin, Bond).