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Jackson Newspapers - Ripley, WV
  • Big Blacks oust Vikings, 64-51

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  • RIPLEY - The game was anything but pretty. In fact, it was simply placid at times. Point Pleasant extracted payback from the Ripley cagers for the season opener in which Ripley took a game from the Big Blacks, 47-37.
    The Vikings (6-14 MSAC 2-12) gave up 27 more points this round and fell 64-51.
    Point Pleasant (9-9) jumped out to a 25-8 lead at the beginning of the second period and never looked back. Four of the Big Blacks starting five finished in double figures to lead a balanced attack.
    Casy Smith has had the hot hand of late for Ripley but this just wasn't his night. The Ripley guard was swarmed and was unable to find the net, hitting just 1-of-14 from the floor and 0-for-6 from 3-point range.
    Point Pleasant led 31-17 at the half, after the Vikings began to chip away at the early deficit.
    After intermission, Kade Harrison flexed his muscles in the third and began to take the game over.
    The Viking forward is coming off a foot injury that kept him out of a loss to Parkersburg. Harrison hit two 3-pointers in the quarter and netted 14 points over an eight-minute stretch to inch the Vikings to within 10 points at 42-32 just prior to the final period.
    Harrison is ranked in the top 10 of the Mountain State Athletic Conference in scoring (15.7) and remains four blocks shy of becoming Ripley's all time leader.
    Ripley outplayed the Big Blacks in the final period while outscoring them 16-14 but the damage had been done and Ripley was left with a loss at Ripley Health Center.
    For the game, Harrison led all scorers with 23, Drew Harpold netted nine, Chuck Sleboda six, Jacob Haynes five, Dylan Hall three and Luke Layhew and Casy smith had a bucket each.
    Wade Martin led Point Pleasant with 17 and three blocks. Ripley hosts Cabell Midland on Friday for their (7th place) MSAC placement game.

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