Updated Sat, Jan 18, 2014 1:24 am
The Alexander Spartans struck down the Marauders’ chance of a four-game winning streak for a six-game winning streak of their own, with a final score of 37-35.
Alexander point guard Jordan Mosley left the game at halftime with an ankle injury. With Mosley out, the entire Spartan squad stepped up their game. No one player stood out for the team, but rather their teamwork won the game. Seth Richardson was the leading scorer for the Spartans with 11 points.
Meigs trailed the whole game, except for a 2-1 lead in the first quarter. The Marauders’ high-intensity play style rallied the team within two points of the Spartans after trailing them 27-19 at the end of the third quarter.
Senior Damon Jones hit two 3-pointers, the only two threes Meigs hit all night, in the fourth quarter. These threes allowed the Marauders a chance at the buzzer to take the lead, but were unsuccessful. Jones finished the night with 12 points and also grabbed four boards.
The Marauders loss did not come in the fourth quarter, but rather in the first half. Poor passes lead to six turnovers in the first quarter alone and a team total of 16 for the night.
Alexander was able to jump passing lanes, limiting the Marauder offense. The defensive pressure by the Spartans defense lead to poor shot selection by the Marauders, as they only shot 31 percent from the floor.
A very low-scoring first half sent both teams into halftime, with Alexander holding an 18-11 lead.
The Marauders picked up their offensive production in the second half and reduced turnovers, but once they established their offense, it was just too late.
Alexander, now on a six-game winning streak, will travel to take on the Vinton County Vikings tomorrow.
As for the Marauders, two away games at Federal Hocking and Logan, respectively, will give Meigs a break from conference play. Their next TVC-Ohio matchup is at Athens on Jan. 24.