PROCTORVILLE, Ohio — Like a heavyweight fighter, if you let them hang around you may get knocked out.
The Meigs boys basketball team led by 11 points with under six minutes to play but the Fairland Dragons rallied back, scoring 23 points the rest of the way to take the 61-60 non-conference victory.
The Dragons (10-9) held a 15-13 edge through the first eight minutes but were held to just four points in the second canto as Meigs (8-9) took the 26-19 halftime lead.
Meigs marked 16 points in the third quarter, led by Isaiah English with seven, and the Marauders expanded their lead to 42-34 with eight minutes remaining.
With just over five minutes to play Meigs had pushed its lead to 49-38 but Fairland battled back and tied the game at 60 with 12 seconds to play. Luke Phillips hit the game winning free throw with six ticks left on the clock and FHS claimed the 61-60 triumph.
Meigs was led by Isaiah English with 26 points and Damon Jones with 13. Cody Bartrum added nine points, Jordan Hutton marked eight, while Ty Phelps and Forrest Nagy each had two in the setback.
The Marauders shot 24-of-51 (47.1 percent) from the field, 4-of-13 (30.8 percent) from beyond the arc and 8-of-16 (50 percent) from the free throw line. MHS had 26 rebounds, led by English with eight, six assists, four steals and 21 turnovers.
Fairland was led by Luke Phillips with 16, Chance Short with 14, Evan Maddox with 12 and Thayer Flynn with 10. Nathan Campbell, who led the Dragons on the boards with 10 rebounds, finished one point shy of a double-double with nine markers.
The Green and White shot 22-of-62 (35.5 percent) from the field, 1-of-9 (11.1 percent) from three and 16-of-24 (66.7 percent) from the charity stripe. FHS had 33 rebounds, eight assists, 10 steals and 11 turnovers.
The Maroon and Gold have now lost three consecutive games and fall to 1-3 against Ohio Valley Conference teams.