RIO GRANDE, Ohio — For the Meigs Marauders, they have to be glad last week is over with.
That’s because the Marauders, playing their fourth game in eight days to open the boys basketball season, suffered their most lopsided loss on Saturday — a 62-40 defeat to the Oak Hill Oaks as part of the annual Newt Oliver Coaches Classic inside the University of Rio Grande’s Newt Oliver Arena.
With the loss, the Marauders fell to 0-4 — as their first three setbacks all came by double figures at home (70-53 to Gallia Academy, 60-46 to Warren and 63-46 to Jackson).
Against undefeated Oak Hill, which raised its record to 4-0, the Marauders never led — and trailed by as many as 27 points with 2:24 remaining.
The Oaks amounted a 19-9 advantage after the opening quarter, inched the edge up to 37-24 at halftime, then outscored the Marauders 14-5 in the third frame for a commanding 51-29 cushion.
Both teams tied the final frame at 11-11, as Meigs’ only third-period points were a field goal by Christian Mattox and three free throws by Jared Kennedy.
It was indeed another night of struggling shooting for the Marauders, which made just 15-of-41 (37-percent) against Oak Hill — as that statistic was skewed by their 2-of-16 (12.5-percent) performance from three-point range.
Oak Hill, conversely, canned 25-of-46 field goals for a sizzling 54.3-percent — and drained eight of 20 three-point attempts (40-percent) throughout.
The Oaks also outrebounded Meigs 28-23, and amassed an impressive 20 assists.
Mitchell Hale and Landon Carroll combined for 44 of the Oaks’ 62 points, outscoring the Marauders by themselves.
Hale hit for nine total field goals, including four threes, towards 23 points — while Carroll connected for eight field goals, including two treys for 21.
Carroll also made 3-of-4 free throws.
He also led all players in rebounds (eight) and assists (seven).
His twin brother, Nolan Carroll, chipped in seven points on three field goals — including the club’s other trifecta.
Kennedy paced the Marauders with 11 points, finishing with four baskets — including two in the opening period.
Luke Musser made Meigs’ two triples towards nine points, as Mattox, Weston Baer and Dillon Mahr mustered six markers apiece.
Mattox made three field goals along with Musser, while Baer and Mahr each notched two field goals and two free throws.
Zach Helton had a bucket to round out the Meigs countians’ scoring.
The Marauders return home, and open Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division action, tonight (Tuesday, Dec. 13) against Alexander.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106