• 54°

Fourth quarter stuggles end Pointers’ upset bid of Pirates

South Point Pointers’ senior guard Jared Whitt (23) pushes the ball up the court during Tuesday’s game against Wheelersburg. South Point nearly pulled off the upset only to lose 56-47. (Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos)

Jim Walker
jim.walker@irontontribune.com

SOUTH POINT — For three quarters, the South Point Pointers were moving closer to a major upset.
Then the fourth quarter happened.
The Pointers were outscored by 13 points in the fourth quarter and fell to the Wheelersburg Pirates 56-47 on Tuesday.
“We’re up six with three minutes left and then things just began to happen,” said Pointers’ coach Travis Wise. “It’s hard to explain.”
The Pirates went up 17-10 in the first quarter as Tanner Holden, Cole Lowery and Connor Mullins all hit a 3-pointer and a basket. Holden added two foul shots for seven points.
Tayshaun Fox scored four points and four different players scored for the Pointers.
Fox hit a pair of 3-pointers and Austin Webb scored five more as the Pointers rallied in the second quarter as they outscored the Pirates 14-4 and took a 24-21 halftime lead.
South Point extended its lead to 40-36 at the end of the third quarter as Fox scored eight points including two more trifectas while Roger Staggs and Webb had four points each.
The Pointers had a 10-point lead at one point in the quarter.
Lowery hit two 3-pointers as he and Holden each scored six points.
In the pivotal fourth quarter, the Pointers managed just seven points as they made only 3-of-15 field goal attempts and committed seven turnovers.
Holden scored 12 points including 6-of-7 at the foul line. The Pirates made 9-of-14 free throws in the quarter and were 16-of-22 for the game.
The Pointers only managed 3-of-9 from the foul line for the game.
Fox finished with 18 points to lead the Pointers (9-12). Webb had 15 points and eight rebounds.
Holden had 25 points — he was 8-of-9 from the foul line — and Cole Lowery scored 13 for the Pirates (16-3).
On Friday, South Point hosts Coal Grove. Members of the 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame will be introduced.
Wheelersburg    17    4    15    20    =    56
South Point    10    14    16    7    =    47
WHEELERSBURG (16-3): Trent Salyers 0 2 0-0 6, Dustin Darnell 0 0 0-2 0, Connor Mullins 2 1 0-0 7, Justin Salyers 0 0 2-3 2, Cole Lowery 1 2 5-6 13, J.J. Truitt 1 0 1-2 3, Tanner Holden 7 1 8-9 25. Totals: 11 6 16-22 56. Fouls: 16. Fouled out: Truitt.
SOUTH POINT (9-12): Chance Gunther 2 0 1-2 5, Nakyan Turner 0 0 0-0 0, Roger Staggs 3 0 1-2 7, Douglas Shaffer 0 0 0-0 0, Jared Whitt 1 0 0-0 2, Tayshaun Fox 3 4 0-2 18, Brody Blackwell 0 0 0-0 0, Austin Webb 7 0 1-4 15. Totals: 20-52 3-10 47. 3-pt goals: 4. Rebounds: 5-O, 14-D = 19 (Webb 10). Steals: 2. Turnovers: 10. Fouls: 16. Fouled out: None.