ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — It doesn’t matter if you start slow when you bounce back like that.
The Meigs boys basketball team outscored Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division guest Nelsonville-York 41-to-4 in the middle two quarters on Tuesday night, and the Marauders cruised to a 69-30 victory.
Meigs (3-4, 3-0 TVC Ohio) trailed the Buckeyes (2-3, 0-3) by a 13-10 margin after eight minutes of play, with MHS junior Christian Mattox scoring all-10 of the Marauders’ first quarter points.
MHS roared to a 32-15 halftime lead, after outscoring NYHS 22-to-2 in the second quarter.
A 19-to-2 third quarter run extended the Marauder lead to 51-17, headed into the finale. MHS capped off the 69-30 victory with a 18-to-13 fourth quarter run.
Mattox rained in four trifectas and led the Maroon and Gold with 18 points, while Jared Kennedy chipped in with 17 points. MHS freshman Weston Baer poured in 10 points, Luke Musser added six, while Bailey Caruthers, Devon Hawley and T.J. Williams each scored four points. Meigs’ scoring was rounded out by Garrett Buckley, Dillon Mahr and Zach Bartrum, with two points apiece.
The Marauders were 9-of-15 (60 percent) from the free throw line, while NYHS was 7-of-9 (77.8 percent) from the stripe.
Ethan Bohyer led the Buckeyes with 10 points, followed by Hunter Edwards with seven and Aron Davis with six. Justin Perry scored five points, while Seth Woodrum and Patrick Gail each had one point in the setback.
Meigs will try to complete the season sweep of NYHS on February 7, in Athens County.
The Marauders have now won three straight games and will return to action at the King of the Smokey’s Tournament, on December 27, in Tennessee.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.