MOUNT GILEAD — Galion’s boys basketball team hit the road Tuesday to face Mount Gilead. The bright lights inside the gymnasium illuminated the stage that would host an overtime game that saw the Indians coming away with the victory, 85-78.
With the win, Mount Gilead improves to 6-4 overall on the year. They are 3-2 in Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference Blue Division play. Galion is 2-9 and 1-4 in MOAC Red Division play.
Mount Gilead got out to the early lead and finished the first quarter with a 14-9 advantage. The story was much the same in the second period, but Galion was not willing to give up without a fight. Galion outscored the Indians in the second, 19-17 to cut the deficit to just three points heading into intermission.
After the break, the Tigers played much better and eventually erased the Mount Gilead lead. With three quarters in the books, the Tigers and the Indians headed into the fourth, knotted up at 48 points apiece.
Looking to continue the momentum that, Galion scored 20 points in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, so did Mount Gilead, adding points 19 and 20 on a lay-up in the final seconds of play to force overtime.
Fouls and fatigue appeared to get the best of Galion as Mount Gilead posted an overtime advantage of 17-10 to secure their sixth victory.
Freshman Isaiah Alsip led Tigers with 22 points, while recording five rebounds, three steals and an assist. Senior Chase Cooke poured in 18. He also recorded a double-double by grabbing 11 rebounds and added two assists and a steal. Tristan Baldy would also hit double-figures on the night with 11 points off of the Tigers’ bench and Zhamir Anderson contributed 10 points in the Galion effort.