STEWART, Ohio —Host Federal Hocking never trailed while picking up its fourth straight victory Saturday night during a 60-53 decision over the Meigs boys basketball team in a non-conference matchup in Athens County.
The Marauders (6-5) — who dropped their second straight decision — fell behind 5-0 in the opening moments of the game, but the guests rallied back to knot things up at 9-all and again at 12-all with 2:30 left in the opening quarter.
MHS, however, was never closer the rest of the way, as the Lancers (7-6) followed with a small 6-4 run to secure a slim 18-16 edge after eight minutes of play. Meigs battled back to within a single point at 22-21 with 4:30 remaining in the half, but FHHS countered with an 11-8 spurt to secure a 33-28 edge at the intermission.
The hosts made a small 5-2 run to start the second half, giving them their largest lead through three quarters of play at 38-30 with 5:15 remaining. The Marauders, however, followed with a quick 6-0 spurt over the next two-plus minutes to pull back to within a single possession at 38-36.
The Lancers countered with a 7-2 surge over the final 2:30 of the period, giving the hosts a 45-38 lead headed into the finale. Meigs never came closer than two possessions the rest of the way, and FHHS claimed its largest lead of the night at 59-49 with a minute left in regulation.
The Marauders connected on 23-of-53 field goal attempts for 43 percent, including a mere 2-of-17 effort from three-point range for 12 percent. MHS also committed 14 turnovers and sank 5-of-10 free throws for 50 percent.
Isiah English led the guests with 17 points, followed by Damon Jones with 12 points and Kaileb Sheets with 10 markers. Jordan Hutton was next with seven points, while Cody Bartrum and Ty Phelps respectively rounded out the scoring with four and three markers.
The Lancers netted 24-of-50 shot attempts for 48 percent, which included a 2-of-7 effort from behind the arc for 29 percent. The hosts committed 17 turnovers and also made 10-of-23 charity tosses for 43 percent.
Ivan Santiago led FHHS with 17 points, followed by Taylor Gates and Pete Crum with 14 markers apiece. Jonathan Snyder and Alfy Nichols also chipped in 10 and eight points, respectively, to the winning cause.