ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — It doesn’t matter how much you score as long as its more than the other team.
The Meigs boys basketball team was held to 40 points Friday night but it was enough to claim a one-point Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division victory over guest Wellston, at Larry R. Morrison Gymnasium.
The Marauders (8-6, 4-2 TVC Ohio) held Wellston (4-11, 0-7) to just six points in both the first and second quarter as Meigs jumped out to a 24-12 lead at halftime. The Golden Rockets answered back with an 18-to-6 run in the third quarter to tie the game at 30 headed into the finale.
The Blue and Gold led by two points with eight second remaining in regulation when Meigs junior Ty Phelps hit a field goal and was fouled. Phelps sank the and-1 and Meigs led 40-39. Wellston turned the ball over twice following Phelps’ old-fashioned three-pointer and the Marauders held on for the 40-39 victory.
The Maroon and Gold were led by Isaiah English with 12 points, followed by Jordan Hutton and Ty Phelps with nine apiece. Damon Jones added six points, while Cody Bartrum and Colton Lilly each had two points in the triumph.
Meigs shot 17-of-50 (34 percent) from the field, including 2-of-11 (18.2 percent) from beyond the arc. MHS was 4-of-7 (57.1 percent) from the free throw line, while marking 21 rebounds, eight assists and five steals. English and Bartrum each grabbed six rebounds to lead the way, followed by Jones with five. Phelps led the team in assists with four and steals with three.
Forrest Hale led Wellston with 13 points, followed by Jordan Arthur with eight and Caleb Stanley with seven. Braydon Womeldorf had five points, while Chazz Davis, Justin Rafferty and Colton Ervin each had two points in the setback.
The Golden Rockets have now lost three straight contests against the Marauders, dating back to last season. WHS has lost five straight games, while MHS has won two of its last three.
Meigs also defeated the Golden Rockets on December 20, by a count of 66-49 in Wellston.