6.(tie) Gallia Acad......1-3
8. Rock Hill....................0-4
Chesapeake plays at Fairland this week to determine who's on top all alone in the OVC. Chesapeake came back from 20 points down on Saturday to win at Ironton. Portsmouth plays at Gallia Academy tomorrow night. Blue Devils have beaten the Trojans 6 consecutive times, but trail the overall series 41-16.
Portsmouth ended a 6 game losing streak vs. Gallia Academy with a 55-41 win at GAHS on Tuesday night. The Trojans trailed 6-0 at the outset, but outscored the Blue Devils 55-35 the rest of the way. The Trojans' full court press caused 20+ turnovers and sub 35% shooting by GAHS. Matthew Fraulini scored 18 points in the 2nd half after being shutout in the first 16 minutes. Fraulini is now only 49 points shy of 1,000. PHS is now 5-6 overall and 2-3 in the OVC. Portsmouth now leads the series with GAHS 42-16.
Portsmouth started 3 sophomores, and 2 other sophomores got meaningful minutes. PHS started out 1-4, but have won 4 of their last 6 games.
Coach Eugene Collins picked up win #168 (168-86 overall) and is now tied with Red Hopkins as the 2nd winningest coach in PHS history. He will have the opportunity to pass Hopkins on Friday night when Portsmouth travels to Ironton to battle the Fighting Tigers for the 161st time. PHS leads the series 92-68.
Portsmouth lost a heartbreaker at Ironton yesterday 62-61. It was the 161st meeting between the 2 schools, with PHS still leading 92-69. Ironton led 20-14 after the first quarter, but after that the Trojans led at the half, at the end of 3, and all the way until 24 seconds left in the contest when the Fighting Tigers' Reid Carrico scored the game winning bucket. Portsmouth had a possession to win the game but turned the ball over at the buzzer. PHS fell to 5-7 on the season and 2-4 in the OVC. The Trojans suffered their 3rd close loss on the road, with an OT loss at South Point, a 3 point loss at the KSA tourney in Florida, and last night's 1 pointer to Ironton. PHS could very well be 8-4 instead of 5-7.
Junior Miles Shipp scored 27 points for the Trojans, while sophomore Donovan Carr pitched in 12. PHS started 3 sophomores and played 2 others, while Ironton had a big edge in experience, with Jordan Grizzle, Trent Milleson, and Gage Salyers being all seniors who combined for 42 of Ironton's points.
Portsmouth has definitely improved since the start of the season, and after last night's nailbiter vs. a very good Ironton team, I have confidence that the Trojans could be very pesky for a favored team in the tournament.
Portsmouth defeated a scrappy Coal Grove Hornets team 72-61 at PHS on Tuesday night. PHS improved to 6-7 overall and 3-4 in the OVC. Matthew Fraulini scored 23 points, and 3 sophomores had double figures........Amare Johnson, Drew Roe, and Donovan Carr. The win was a special one for Coach Eugene Collins, who is now the 2nd winningest coach in PHS history, with a career record of 169-87 after last night's win. He came into the game tied with Richard "Red" Hopkins (168-58, 1926-1936). Collins' 11 year tenure as head coach is tied with Red Hopkins for the 2nd longest in school history, topped only by George Heller, who went 224-137 from 1952-1968, with a Class AA state title in 1961. Collins has also coached four 1,000 point scorers, and Fraulini is getting very close to being the 5th, being only 19 points unofficially away from making that milestone.
Portsmouth has a home game with South Point on Friday. The Pointers beat the Trojans in OT at SP in December 82-75.
Portsmouth lost another heartbreaker as the South Point Pointers hit a 3 pointer at the buzzer to down PHS 64-61 at PHS. Chance Gunther made the winning shot for SP. The Trojans trailed 41-27 late in the 2nd quarter, and 41-31 at the half, but rallied to take a 50-47 lead, only to have SP make a rally of their own to lead 61-55. PHS fought back to tie the game at 61 before Gunther's winning shot as the buzzer sounded. Sophomores Donovan Carr and Daryionne Bryant led PHS with 18 and 12 points respectively.
Portsmouth is now 6-8 on the season, and 3-5 in OVC play. The Trojans have lost 3 games at the buzzer, and 1 other game in OT to South Point. PHS could be 9-5 or 10-4, but just haven't been able to make the big stop or clutch shot in the close games. Matthew Fraulini scored only 4 points, and is now 56 point short of 1,000.
Portsmouth travels to Wheelersburg today to face a much taller Pirate team. PHS leads the series 23-19, but WHS has won the last 2. The Trojans have a really tough week ahead as they go on the road to Chesapeake and Fairland, two teams that handed Portsmouth lopsided losses in early December.