Van, W. Va . — In a wild second half Tolsia ( 4-6 ) snapped a five game losing streak with a 75-71 road victory over Van ( 2-7 ) Friday night.
The Rebels raced out to 22-14 lead at the end of one period behind Jesse Muncy and Tyler Johnson with 10 and 8 points respectively.
In the second Tolsia extended their lead to 40-30 at the break Muncy tallied 17 points and Johnson 13 points.
In the third quarter the Bulldogs came out of the locker room and took it right at the Rebels and out scored them 25-5 to take a ten point lead into the final stanza.
With 5:53 to go in the game Tolsia trailed 57-45 and that’s when things got wild. Muncy hit two free throws and the comeback was on. The Rebel pressure defense and timely three point shooting led the incredible turn of events and to the victory.
Tolsia outscored Van 30-14 during the last 5:53 of the game.
Muncy finished with 33 points including 5 three pointers, Johnson tallied 20 points and nailed 3 three pointers, Zack Ball scored 10 points. Austin Salmons 5 points, Steven Ward 4 points and Anthony Lovins hit a three pointer for his 3 points.
The Rebels hit 9 three pointers and went 20 of 24 at the charity stripe.
The Bulldogs went 4 of 5 from the line and hit 5 three pointers.
THS 22 18 5 30 = 75
VHS 14 16 25 16 = 71
Tolsia is next scheduled to host Cross Lanes Christian Friday night at 6:00.
Tolsia Head Coach Todd Maynard
“…, We are not used to going that long between victories around here but we really needed it. It’s been a long 32 days since our last victory and it came in a really tough place to play. We almost blew that big lead but the kids really stuck together to get the win.”
“… Van has some tough kids and they play so hard. They are long and tough to guard. This was a great sectional win in a tough environment. It bodes well for seeding in the postseason tournament to get a road victory like this. Muncy and Johnson were both in foul trouble but we couldn’t afford to take them out they were scoring and handling the ball so well.”