Updated Sat, Dec 14, 2013 11:17 am
The Meigs Marauders outscored the Alexander Spartans 21-10 in the fourth quarter to pull out a double-digit win by a score of 57-47 in Albany on Friday night.
The tide seemed to turn when Jordan Mosley came back into the game with a bandage on his forehead, covering a wound he received earlier in the game from a collision under the basket with a Marauder player. Mosley entered the game and quickly hit a tough layup, but went cold from the floor after that, missing his next four shots. This opened the door for the Marauder run.
Meigs started the quarter on a 7-0 run and never looked back.
Kalieb Sheets led all scorers and carried his team’s efforts with 16 points from the floor. Cody Bartrum helped the Marauders by coming off of the bench and scoring nine points, never missing a shot from the floor.
The Marauders fell into some significant foul trouble quickly in the second half. However, head coach Dave Kight’s game plan did not change when his team was in foul trouble.
“I would much rather have to pull the reigns back on their intensity as opposed to having to speed them up,” said Kight. He raved about his team’s intensity and how they continue to play with that much passion, even when they foul.
Meigs’ foul trouble didn’t hinder them as Alexander only shot 43% (10/23) from the free throw line, throwing away good opportunities at the charity strike.
The Spartans were led by Corey Chapman, who scored 14 points and had four rebounds. Mosley finished the night with ten points for the black and red. Those two were not enough to help the Spartans, as Alexander shot 3-of-18 from beyond the arc, which is just over 16%. The Spartans inability to hit the long ball hurt them greatly because of their lack of size.
Alexander took a lead into the locker room with a 28-23 spread at the half.
“We had some breakdowns defensively…but we will help and recover. Some of the cuts across the lane are things we need to fix and we will,” said Alexander coach Jim Kearns while talking about the second half struggle. Kearns is optimistic about his team’s ability to bounce back from this loss and improve.
The Meigs Marauders improve to 2-1 on the year and will take on Chesapeake High School Tuesday, Dec. 17 for their home opener.
The Alexander Spartans fall to 2-1 for this season and play Saturday night, Dec. 14, against the Trimble Tomcats.