JACKSON, Ohio — You have to finish what you started.
The Meigs boys basketball team led at the end of each of the first three periods on Friday night in the Apple City, but the Marauders weren’t ahead when it mattered most, as Jackson came back to take a 62-56 non-conference victory in the season opener for both teams.
Meigs (0-1) certainly got off on the right foot, hitting a pair of three-pointers, a trio of two-pointers and 6-of-6 free throws in the first quarter, en route to an 18-12 lead.
The Ironmen (1-0) outscored their guests by a 17-13 clip in the second quarter, however, cutting the MHS lead to 31-29 at the break.
Jackson trimmed one more off of its deficit in the third quarter, outscoring the Marauders by a 17-16 clip to make the MHS advantage 47-46 with eight minutes to play.
In the fourth quarter, Meigs was held without a three-pointer for the first time in the game and scored just nine points. JHS tallied 16 points over the final eight minutes to seal the 62-56 triumph.
For the game, Meigs made 9-of-10 (90 percent) free throws, while Jackson was 15-of-23 (65.2 percent) from the stripe. Both teams made five trifectas, with the Ironmen sinking 21 total field goals, one more than the Marauders.
MHS senior Christian Mattox led the way for the Maroon and Gold, scoring 23 points, including nine from long range. Zach Bartrum and Weston Baer each totalled 11 points, Cooper Darst chipped in with nine, while Bobby Musser rounded out the Marauder total with two points.
The Red and White were led by Cooper Donaldson with 18 points, followed by Caleb Wallis and Carson Spohn with 12 each. Payton Speakman scored nine points for the victors, Traylon Davis chipped in with seven, while Caden Donaldson and T.J. Burd added two each.
After hosting Southern on Saturday, Meigs — which won’t have a chance to avenge this setback in the regular season — will visit Gallia Academy on Tuesday.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.