Marauders fend off Spartans for 1st win, 53-49

By Bryan Walters -

ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — It took five games, but the Marauders are finally in the win column.

The Meigs boys basketball team stormed out to a nine-point lead after three quarters and eventually held on Tuesday night for a 53-49 triumph over visiting Alexander in a Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division contest at Larry R. Morrison Gymnasium in Meigs County.

The Marauders (1-4, 1-0 TVC Ohio) opened league play in grand style as the hosts never trailed, thanks in large part to 11 first half points from Weston Baer as MHS opened up a 26-19 edge at the break.

A small 16-14 third quarter run — spearheaded by Dillon Mahr’s six points — allowed MHS to increase its lead to 42-33 headed into the finale, but the Spartans (2-2, 1-1) made a late charge after going on a 16-11 run to ultimately come up just two possessions short as time expired.

Baer and Luke Musser each tallied four points in the opening frame as Meigs established a 12-9 advantage after eight minutes of play, then Baer tacked on another seven points and Jared Kennedy added four points during a 14-10 second quarter run that gave MHS a seven-point halftime lead.

Besides the six points from Mahr in the third period, Christian Mattox also contributed five points — including a 50-foot trifecta at the buzzer — as part of a 16-14 run that allowed Meigs to secure a 42-33 edge headed into the fourth.

Ryan Davis scored seven of Alexander’s final 16 points, but the guests ultimately ran out of time in the four-point setback.

The Marauders connected on 20-of-46 field goal attempts for 43 percent, including a 5-of-15 effort from behind the arc for 33 percent. The hosts hauled in 26 rebounds and were also 8-of-16 at the free throw line for 50 percent, including a 4-of-10 effort from the charity stripe in the fourth stanza.

Mattox led MHS with 13 points and a team-best three assists, followed by Mahr with 12 points and Baer with 11 markers. Kennedy was next with seven points and team-highs of 12 rebounds and three steals, followed by Musser with six markers.

Garrett Buckley and Bailey Caruthers also had two points apiece for the victors, who committed 12 turnovers.

Davidson paced AHS with a game-high 17 points, followed by Stone Markins-Irwin with 10 points and Luke Kish with nine markers.

Chace Harris and Michael Norris respectively added six and four points, while Genesis Williams completed the scoring with three markers. The Spartans made five of their 20 field goals from behind the arc and were 4-of-6 at the free throw line for 67 percent.

The Marauders return to TVC Ohio action Friday when they travel to Bidwell for a matchup with River Valley at 7:30 p.m.

Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.

By Bryan Walters