ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — Back to back to back wins for the Marauders.
The Meigs boys basketball team picked up its third win in a row Saturday night with a 61-55 victory over Wahama in Larry R. Morrison Gymnasium.
Wahama’s (1-4) offense was hot out of the gates, out scoring Meigs (3-2) 18-to-9 through the first five minutes of the game. The Marauders closed the period on a 12-to-2 run to end the opening stanza with a one-point lead. A back-and-forth second quarter led Meigs to a 35-33 lead at the conclusion of the first half.
MHS out scored Wahama 13-to-8 in the fourth period to expand its lead to seven points headed into the finale. The White Falcons battled back to tie the game with 4:53 remaining in regulation But MHS quickly regained the lead. WHS was just 3-of-11 (27.3 percent) from the free throw line in the fourth which allowed the Marauders to pull away and take the 61-55 win.
“This is the most proud of a team I have been since I began coaching,” Meigs coach David Kight said. “From start to finish everything they went through to get that win was superb on their part.”
The Marauders were led by Jared Williamson with 13 points and Kaileb Sheets with 11. Dustin Ulbrich added eight points, Jordan Hutton and Dillon Boyer each finished with seven points, while Treay McKinney had five. Ty Phelps and Alex Morris each marked four points and Cody Stewart chipped in with two points to round out the MHS scoring.
Hunter Bradley led Wahama with 12 points on the night, while Trenton Gibbs, Derek Hysell and Dakota Sisk each finished with nine points. Jacob Ortiz and Wyatt Zuspan each tallied eight points to round out the WHS scoring.
“You can still tell that we’re not in basketball shape,” Wahama coach Mike Wolfe said. “We came out hot and established a lead in the first quarter like we’ve done the past three games and we just ran out of gas.”
Meigs finished with just eight turnovers as a team while Wahama committed 15. The Marauders also held a 36-to-22 advantage in rebounding.
“We have three really good guards that we start, Kaileb Sheets, Treay McKinney and Dillon Boyer,” Kight said. “Sheets is a freshman for us, McKinney and Boyer are seniors and those three work really well on the floor together. “We have Matt Casci and Jordan Hutton we can bring and all five of our kids work together.”
Sheets led Meigs with eight assists and three steals on the night, while Williamson completed his double-double with a team-high 10 rebounds. Sheets finished with seven rebounds while Phelps had six.
Bradley finished with a game-high 11 rebounds to complete his double-double, while leading Wahama with three assists and three steals. Jacob Ortiz finished with five rebounds for the White Falcons.
Meigs finished 13-of-22 (59.1 percent) from the charity stripe, while Wahama was 13-of-26 (50 percent) from the line.
“I feel like when we get ourselves in basketball condition we’ll be a very formidable team in this conference,” Wolfe said. “Some of our woes with free throw shooting might have been connected with conditioning and we’re just not there yet.”
Wahama has now lost two consecutive contests, while Meigs has won three straight games.
This is the only meeting between these teams this season.