WELLSTON, Ohio — Now that’s finishing what you started.
The Meigs boys basketball team led by seven points heading into the fourth quarter of Friday night’s Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division matchup at Wellston. The Marauders outscored the Golden Rockets by 10 in the final period to turn that seven point lead into a 66-49 victory.
Through the first 3:36 of play the Golden Rockets (2-3, 0-2 TVC Hocking) led Meigs (3-2, 2-0) by two points, but the Maroon and Gold answered with a 9-to-3 run to end the first quarter with a 15-11 advantage.
The Marauders expanded their lead to 28-22 at halftime and to 43-36 by the end of the third quarter. The MHS offense outscored Wellston 23-13 over the final eight minutes to take the 66-49 victory.
Kaileb Sheets led the Maroon and Gold with 20 points, followed by Isaiah English with 16 and Jordan Hutton with 10, including the lone MHS three pointer. Damon Jones chipped in with eight points, Ty Phelps added five, Devon Cundiff contributed three, while Cody Bartrum and Trenton Cook each had two points.
The Marauders were 25-of-55 (45.5 percent) from the field, including just 1-0f-6 (1.67 percent) from beyond the arc. Meigs was 15-of-22 (68.2 percent) from the free throw line, and pulled down 38 rebounds as a team. English had a team-high 12 rebounds, followed by Jones with nine. Phelps had four of the Marauder’s 10 assists, while English led the defense with three steals. MHS committed 16 fouls and 13 turnovers in the win.
Wellston was led by Chazz Davis with 19 points and Caleb Stanley with 10 points. Forrest Hale had nine points, Colton Ervin had six points, while Jordan Arthur had three points and Braydon Womeldorf marked two.
The Golden Rockets shot 18-of-55 (32.7 percent) from the field, 3-of-15 (20 percent) from beyond the arc and 10-of-14 (71.4 percent) from the free throw line. Wellston had 31 rebounds, led by Stanley with 12, eight assists, led by Davis with three, five steals, 13 turnovers and 14 fouls.
These teams will meet again on January 31 in Rocksprings.