ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — As close as it gets.
The Meigs boys basketball team dropped a one-point decision to Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division guest Nelsonville-York Monday night at Larry R. Morrison Gymnasium.
The Buckeyes (15-9, 4-6 TVC Ohio) led 16-to-9 through the first eight minutes but were held scoreless for the first 5:30 of the second quarter as Meigs (8-12, 4-5) built the 21-16 lead. Nelsonville-York finished the first half with a 7-to-1 run and held a 23-22 edge at halftime.
The Buckeyes outscored MHS 15-to-11 in the third quarter led by Josh Fayette with 12 points in the period. NYHS pushed its lead to 41-35 early in the fourth quarter but Meigs hit back-to-back three pointers to tie the game. The Buckeyes answered back and led 50-to-47 with 10 seconds to play. A missed three was rebounded by the Marauders and they hit the putback basket. Time expired and the Buckeyes held on for the 50-49 triumph.
The Maroon and Gold were led by Damon Jones with 19 points and Isaiah English with 15. Jordan Hutton added eight points, while Ty Phelps and Colton Lilly each finished with three. Cody Bartrum rounded out the MHS scoring with two points in the setback.
The Marauders shot 17-of-54 (31.5 percent) from the field, 3-of-15 (20 percent) from three-point range and 12-of-16 (75 percent) from the free throw line. Meigs had 31 rebounds, eight assists, seven steals and 12 turnovers in the game.
Jones led Meigs with 17 rebounds, followed by English with eight. Phelps had a team-high three assists, followed by Jones with two. Jones led the MHS defense with three steals, followed by Bartrum with two.
Nelsonville-York was led by Josh Fayette with 17 points and Jay Elliott with 11. Cannon Kilbarger had eight points, Colt Adams marked seven, Wade Lent added five and Jeremy Warren rounded out the NYHS total with two points. The Orange and Brown shot 16-of-25 (64 percent) from the free throw line in the win.
Meigs defeated the Buckeyes 52-50 on January 10, in Nelsonville. NYHS ended its season winning five of its last six games. The Marauders will roundup their season on Thursday when they host Athens. Meigs has lost six consecutive games.