Updated Sat, Jan 11, 2014 4:21 pm
The Meigs Marauders traveled to Nelsonville-York to take on the Buckeyes and added another win to their record with a close victory of 52-50.
Meigs lead the entire game, but did allow the Buckeyes to make a presence late in the game.
Meigs was on fire in the first half, shooting 48% from the field, most of the points coming from Senior Damon Jones. N-Y was unable to get any offense started with Meigs’ dominance, and trailed 14-8 at the end of the first quarter.
The Buckeyes were able to establish a presence offensively by putting up 13 points by the end of the half. Meigs became sloppy, and N-Y took advantage of it. The Buckeyes hit the boards and shut down Meigs’ second-shot opportunities. The Buckeyes also caused a lot of turnovers. The team had a total of seven steals on the night.
However, N-Y’s intensity died down in the third quarter, allowing Meigs to attack the basket and get second shots. N-Y was unable to hit their shots from the field and could not put up the points needed to come back from any deficit.
What ended up being N-Y’s downfall were free throws.
The Buckeyes shot 20% from the charity stripe. Those free throws proved to be fatal in the final seconds of the game when Josh Fayette was fouled with 3.7 seconds left in the game. Fayette was unable to sink his free throws and push the game into overtime, which lead to the Meigs narrow victory of 52-50.
Meigs found its leaders in Kalieb Sheets and Jones. Sheets had 20 points and 5 assists on the night. Jones added 17 points to the final score along with 7 boards.
N-Y was led by Wade Lent and Fayette. Fayette had 16 points on the night as well as 2 steals. Lent added his 11 points to the final score.
Meigs (6-3, 3-0) will host the Eastern Eagles on January 15th and NY (5-5, 1-3) will hit the road to take on the Trimble Tomcats.