Portsmouth 97, Jones Academy 66
Behind a standout performance from Reese Johnson and a balanced scoring effort that saw four players reach double-figures in scoring, the Portsmouth Trojans faced little trouble in a road bout against Toledo Jones Leadership Academy as Portsmouth throttled Jones Leadership Academy, 97-66, on Saturday behind 31 points from Johnson and four double-figure scorers.
Johnson, who proved to be the game-high scorer, allowed the Trojans to put together a dominating second-quarter performance by scoring 11 of his 31 points in the second stanza alone en route to leading Portsmouth to a 56-36 halftime advantage. The Trojans went on a 21-5 push to start the frame en route to breaking a 23-23 first-quarter deadlock and taking control the rest of the way.
While Jones Academy rallied behind the efforts of Tyler Huff and Trevon Shelmon — who combined to score each of Jones Academy’s 22 points in the third frame — rallied to cut the gap to a 68-57 margin after three quarters of play, Portsmouth rallied back and put the clamps down on Jones Academy with a strong 14-0 spurt to begin the fourth quarter, effectively icing the game in the process.
In addition to Johnson’s 31, Matthew Fraulini put together a strong performance by hitting five of his six free throws from the charity stripe en route to 18 points, while DJ Eley, an All-Southeast District honoree from last year, added 17 points on three treys and a 4-of-6 mark from the line. Daniel Jordan’s 14 points and Gabe Gambill’s seven rounded out the main contributors for the Trojans, who improved to 1-0 on the year.
Huff (20) and Shelmon (19) led the way, while DJ Simpson added 16 tallies for Jones Academy.
Portsmouth will play Huntington St. Joseph in the Buckeye Elite National Showcase on Thursday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Symmes Valley 50, South Gallia 35
Behind excellent efforts from Layken Gothard, Brock Carpenter, and Hunter Adams, the Symmes Valley Vikings got their season off on the right foot as Symmes Valley defeated South Gallia, 50-35, on Friday evening in Willow Wood.
The Vikings, who capped Chad Coffman’s initial affair off on a strong note, hit seven three-pointers en route to claiming the win, with Gothard, Carpenter, and Adams combining for four on their own. Nick Klaiber, Austin Mannon, and Justin White each nailed a trey en route to a strong effort. The Vikings outscored the Rebels by an 18-5 tally in the fourth and final stanza en route to closing the affair out.
“It was a good team win to open the season,” Coffman said. “We will look forward to getting back into the gym and trying to work hard to get better.”
Gothard’s 18 led the way for Symmes Valley, while Carpenter and Adams added 11 and nine, respectively, to head the output.
Coal Grove 61, Valley 31
Despite 13 points from Bre Call, the Valley Indians’ girls basketball program wasn’t able to claim a victory over a tough Coal Grove squad as the Lady Hornets defeated the Lady Indians, 61-31, on Saturday afternoon.
Call, who scored seven points in the first half and six in the second half, put together a well-rounded effort for Valley. Hannah Conley and Kaity Howard combined for nine points in the bout.
Alexis Hall, who eclipsed the 1,000-point barrier in the contest for Coal Grove, scored 26 to head the charge for the Lady Hornets.
Valley hosted South Webster on Monday evening and will also host Waverly on Thursday.