Marauders outlast River Valley, 51-50
Bryan Walters firstname.lastname@example.org
BIDWELL, Ohio — You only have to win by one.
The Meigs boys basketball team picked up its first victory of the 2013-14 season Saturday night following a hard-fought 51-50 victory over host River Valley in a non-conference matchup in Gallia County.
The visiting Marauders (1-1) handed the Raiders (1-2) their second straight setback, but only because a last-second shot at the buzzer rimmed out on RVHS — allowing Meigs to claim the narrow one-point triumph.
The game was fairly close throughout, although RVHS held leads of one point and five points after each of the first two periods of play. The Raiders jumped out to a small 11-10 edge after eight minutes of play, then went on an 18-14 run in the second canto for a 29-24 cushion at the break.
The Marauders, however, countered with a pivotal 14-6 run in the third stanza, which allowed the guests to claim a 38-35 lead headed into the finale. RVHS closed regulation with a slim 15-13 run, but ultimately came up one point short in its comeback bid.
Meigs made 19 total field goals, four of which were trifectas, and committed 24 turnovers in the triumph. The Marauders also went just 9-of-24 at the free throw line for 38 percent, including a 4-of-13 effort in the fourth quarter.
Kaileb Sheets led the guests with a game-high 19 points, followed by Damon Jones with 16 points and Ty Phelps with eight markers. Isaiah English and Jordan Hutton respectively rounded out the winning tally with five points and three points.
River Valley made 12 total field goals, three of which were from behind the arc, and committed 21 turnovers in the setback. RVHS was also 20-of-31 at the charity stripe for 65 percent, including an 8-for-13 effort in the finale.
John Qualls paced the Raiders with 15 points, followed by Justin Rusk with 11 points and Seann Roberts with nine markers. Kirk Morrow chipped in seven points, while Tyler Twyman and Jordan Howell respectively added four and three markers. Dayton Hardway rounded out the home scoring with one point.
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