ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — Talk about taking a quick turn for the worst.
Visiting Jackson broke away from a 31-all tie with an impressive 32-15 fourth quarter surge Friday night en route to a 63-46 decision over the Meigs boys basketball team in a non-conference matchup at Larry R. Morrison Gymnasium in Meigs County.
The Marauders (0-3) found themselves in an early hole after falling behind 9-4 eight minutes into regulation, but the hosts responded with a small 16-14 second quarter run to close to within 23-20 at the intermission.
MHS kept that momentum going into second half as Jared Kennedy netted six points as part of an 11-8 run that tied things up at 31-all headed into the finale.
The unbeaten Ironmen (3-0), however, found their stroke down the stretch as the Red and White netted five trifectas and went 11-of-16 at the free throw line en route to claiming the 17-point triumph.
JHS — which hit 10 trifectas in the contest — also had three players reach double figures, compared to only one double-digit effort by the Marauders.
Meigs connected on 13-of-36 field goal attempts for 36 percent, which included a 3-of-14 effort from behind the arc for 21 percent. The hosts also hauled in 30 rebounds (10 offensive) and committed 23 turnovers in the setback.
Kennedy led the Marauders with 13 points and nine rebounds, followed by Weston Baer and Dillon Mahr with eight markers each. Christian Mattox was next with five points, while Luke Musser chipped in four markers — all of which came in the fourth period.
Bailey Caruthers and Garrett Buckley were next with three points each, while Zach Helton completed the team tally with two markers. MHS was 17-of-28 at the free throw line for 61 percent.
Carson Spohn led Jackson with seven trifectas — which included four triples in the second canto — and a game-high 23 points. Bryce Hall and Cooper Donaldson were next with 10 markers each, while Payton Speakman added eight points.
Kendall Neal contributed six points, while Josh Spires, Blake Wyatt and Blake McCoy completed the winning tally with two points apiece. JHS was 12-of-18 at the charity stripe for 67 percent.
All three of the Marauders’ losses have come against former members of the Southeastern Ohio Athletic League.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.