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Gallipolis upsets Fairland to throw OVC race into a tie

Jim Walker
jim.walker@irontontribune.com

GALLIPOLIS — The showdown just became a possible winner-take-all.
The Fairland Dragons were looking to head into Friday’s game at Chesapeake as a showdown for first place in the Ohio Valley Conference.
But the Gallipolis Blue Devils were focused on the here-and-now as they stunned the Dragons 55-47 on Tuesday in an OVC game.
The loss was the first in the OVC for the Dragons who are now tied with Chesapeake at 10-1 in the league meaning the winner will have a one-game lead with two league games to play.
Fairland (16-2) made 19-of-41 field goal attempts for 41 percent but were a season-low 2-of-11 form behind the 3-point line.
Jacob Polcyn had 18 points before fouling out, Clayton Thomas had 13 points and 5 assists while Aiden Porter added 12 points.
Logan Blouir scored 18 points and Damon Cremeans 15 to lead the Blue Devils (9-9, 4-7).
The game was tied 15-15 at the end of the first quarter as Porters scored 6 points and Thomas 5 for Fairland while Isaac Clary got all 8 of his points and Blouir scored 5 for Gallipolis.
Polcyn scored 7 points, Porter had 4 points and Thomas hit a 3-pointer as Fairland took a 31-26 lead at the half.
Reece Thomas — who had 5 points — and Cooper Davis each hit 3-pointers for the Blue Devils.
Blouir hit a 3-pointer and scored 8 points while Polcyn had 6 points and each team got 11 points in the quarter and the spread remained the same at 42-37.
But the Dragons went stone-cold in the fourth quarter as they hit only 2-of-9 field goal attempts and scored just 5 points. Polcyn had a 3-pointer and Thomas a basket.
Gallipolis racked up 18 points with Cremeans scored 13 including 5-of-5 at the foul line.
Blouir hit a trey and scored 5 more points to aid the upset win.
Fairland 15 16 11 5 = 47
Gallipolis 15 11 11 18 = 55
FAIRLAND (16-2, 10-1): Jacob Polcyn 7-9 1-1 1-1 18, Aiden Porter 6-8 0-3 0-0 12, Gavin Hunter 1-2 0-1 0-0 2, Clayton Thomas 2-6 1-4 6-7 13, Jordan Williams 1-3 0-0 0-0 2, Zander Schmidt 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Tevin Taylor 0-2 0-0 0-0 0, Nate Thacker 0-0 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 19-41 7-8 47. 3-pt goals: 2-11. Rebounds: 9 (Williams 3). Assists: 9 (Thomas 5). Steals: 5 (Polcyn 3). Turnovers: 8. Fouls: 13. Fouled out: Polcyn.
GALLIPOLIS (9-9, 4-7): Cooper Davis 0-0 1-2 0-0 3, Reece Thomas 1-1 1-3 0-0 5, Logan Blouir 4-7 3-7 1-2 18, Ben Cox 1-3 0-0 0-0 2, Isaac Clary 3-6 0-0 2-2 8, Justin Wilcoxon 2-2 0-1 0-0 4, Damon Cremeans 4-7 0-0 7-7 15. Totals: 20-39 10-11 55. 3pt goals: 5-13. Rebounds: 18 (Blouir 6, Clary 4, Cremeans 4). Assists: 7 (Cremeans 2). Turnovers: 12. Fouls: 10. Fouled out: None.