ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — A good night from start to finish.
The Meigs boys basketball took the lead 11 seconds in and never relinquished it on Tuesday inside Larry R. Morrison Gymnasium, where the Marauders defeated Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division guest Nelsonville-York 72-47.
Meigs (3-6, 2-2 TVC Ohio) — winner of back-to-back games — led by as many as 10 points in the opening period and held an 18-9 advantage at the end of the stanza.
The Buckeyes (3-8, 0-5) — who have dropped seven straight games — were held scoreless for the first 4:30 of the second period, as Meigs built a 30-9 lead.
The Marauders were ahead 35-13 at halftime, and then outscored NYHS 21-to-15 in the third quarter, making the margin 56-28 with eight minutes to play.
Meigs’ lead was never lower than 22 in the fourth quarter, and the Maroon and Gold cruised to the 72-47 victory.
For the game, Meigs outrebounded the Buckeyes 36-to-17, including 15-to-7 on the offensive end. Each team committed 16 turnovers in the contest. The Marauders combined for 16 assists, 11 steals and two blocked shots, while NYHS earned eight steals, six assists and one rejection.
The hosts shot 26-of-52 (50 percent) from the field, including 7-of-19 (36.8 percent) from three-point range. Meanwhile, Nelsonville-York was 19-of-51 (37.3 percent) from the field, including 3-of-20 (15 percent) from deep. At the foul line, Meigs was 13-of-18 (72.2 percent), while NYHS went a perfect 6-for-6.
Coulter Cleland led the Marauders with 14 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Brayden Stanley was next with 13 points, followed by Caleb Burnem with nine and Wyatt Hoover with eight.
Braylon Harrison contributed seven points and six rebounds to the winning cause, Ethan Stewart chipped in with six points, while Zach Searles tallied five points. Andrew Dodson and Morgan Roberts scored four each, with Dodson tying for a team-high with six rebounds, while Jake McElroy rounded out the MHS scoring column with two points.
Leading the Marauder defense, Roberts had three steals, Cleland had two steals and a blocked shot, and Hoover had one steal and one rejection.
Drew Carter led the Buckeyes with 18 points, half of which came in the final quarter. Trent Morrissey was next with nine points, followed by Keagan Swops with five points and four steals. Joe Tome and Trevor Morrissey had four points each, with a team-best three assists from Morrissey. Nathan Martin scored three in the setback, while Brayden McKee and James Koska scored two each, with a team-best five rebounds from McKee.
The Marauders will try for the season sweep of NYHS when these teams meet in Nelsonville on Feb. 2.
Meigs returns to action in non-conference road game, as the Marauders battle New Hope Christian on Saturday in Circleville.
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