ALBANY, Ohio — When it comes to Alexander lately, the Marauders have had all the answers.
The Meigs boys basketball team posted its fourth straight victory over host Alexander Tuesday night following a 47-43 decision in a Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division matchup at ‘The Alley’ in Athens County.
The Marauders (8-6, 4-3 TVC Ohio) overcame a two-point halftime deficit with a decisive 14-6 third quarter charge, which ultimately gave the guests enough breathing room down the stretch to secure the four-point triumph.
The victory allowed MHS to claim a season sweep of the Spartans (4-12, 0-7) after claiming a 56-43 victory at Larry R. Morrison Gymnasium back on December 14. The Marauders also split with AHS in the regular season last winter before knocking the Spartans out of the Division III sectional semifinals with a 61-45 win at Athens High School on February 21, 2012.
Meigs — which has won six of its last eight contests against Alexander — picked up its first season sweep of a league opponent since knocking off both Nelsonville-York and Wellston during the 2010-11 campaign. The Marauders are currently on a two-game winning streak and have also won four of their last five outings.
MHS led 8-7 after eight minutes of play, but the Spartans answered with a 15-12 second quarter run to claim a small 22-20 edge at the half. The Marauders followed with their big push of the night in the third canto for a 34-28 edge headed into the finale.
Alexander won the fourth period by a slim 15-13 margin, but Meigs never relinquished its lead and ultimately held on for the two-possession outcome.
Dillon Boyer led the guests with 12 points, followed by Cody Stewart with 11 points and Kaileb Sheets with eight markers. Treay McKinney added six points to the winning cause, while Jordan Hutton chipped in five markers.
Ty Phelps added four points for the guests, while Jared Williamson rounded out the winning tally with one point. The Marauders were 9-of-18 at the free throw line for 50 percent.
Braden Jones and Seth Richardson both paced AHS with 12 points apiece, followed by Jared Jeffers with seven markers. Alexander was 7-of-11 at the charity stripe for 64 percent.