VINCENT, Ohio — There’s a reason Warren advanced to the state tournament last year.
The host Warriors went on a 41-19 run through the middle quarters and ultimately cruised to a 70-35 victory over the Meigs boys basketball team Tuesday night in the season opener for both programs in Washington County.
The visiting Marauders (0-1) hung around for eight minutes of play, but Warren (1-0) turned a 12-8 first quarter lead into a comfortable 27-14 cushion thanks to a 15-6 surge before halftime.
WHS then caught fire in the third period as Reese Patton scored 13 points in the canto to spark a 26-13 charge, allowing the hosts to take a 53-27 edge into the finale. Warren closed regulation with a 17-8 spurt to wrap up the 35-point outcome.
Both teams hauled in 36 rebounds, but the Marauders committed 27 turnovers total while Warren had 16 giveaways in the triumph. Both squads also shot 85.7 percent from the free throw line, as Meigs was 6-of-7 at the stripe while WHS was 12-of-14.
MHS connected on 14-of-57 shot attempts for 24.6 percent, including a 1-of-8 effort from three-point range for 12.5 percent.
Kaileb Sheets led Meigs with eight points and a game-high nine rebounds, followed by Devon Cundiff with seven points and Isaiah English with six markers.
Jordan Hutton chipped in five points and Damon Jones added three markers, while Ty Phelps, Forrest Nagy and Colton Lilly rounded things out with two points apiece.
Warren finished the night 27-of-62 from the field for 43.5 percent, including a 4-of-14 effort from behind the arc for 28.6 percent.
Patton led the hosts with a game-high 23 points and Evan French added 15 points to the winning cause. Andrew Drayer and Blake Kidder also contributed eight points apiece for Warren.