VINCENT, Ohio — Statement made.
The Meigs boys basketball team pulled off a 74-72 upset victory over non-conference Division II powerhouse Warren, on Friday night in Washington County.
The Marauders (2-0) — who have been ousted from the postseason by the Warriors in back-to-back years — fell behind 21-17 in the opening quarter of play, but rallied to take their first lead of the game at 32-29 on a Kaileb Sheets trifecta.
The Maroon and Gold led 38-35 at halftime, but WHS answered early in the third quarter, taking a 42-40 lead on a Chase Weihl layup. Warren expanded its lead to a game-high eight points late the third period, but Meigs ended the stanza with a 7-4 run, cutting the deficit to 56-51.
Meigs battled back and tied the game at 66 on a Colton Lilly trifecta, but Warren scored five of the next seven points and led 71-68. Sheets sank a triple to tie the game at 71, but Seth Hall hit 1-of-2 free throws to reestablish the Warriors’ lead.
The Marauders’s first attempt to take the lead was missed, but Luke Musser hauled in the offensive rebound to keep the possession alive. Dillon Mahr then attempted a three-pointer from 22 feet with 2.1 seconds on the clock. The shot was missed but the Meigs junior was fouled and went to the charity stripe for three free throw attempts. Mahr was 3-for-3 from the line and Meigs claimed the 74-72 lead. Warren had a three-point attempt at the buzzer but the shot was missed and MHS claimed the two-point victory.
For the game Meigs was 8-of-13 (61.5 percent) from the free throw line and 28-of-61 (45.9 percent) from the field, including 10-of-20 (50 percent). As a team the Maroon and Gold had 32 rebounds, 12 assists, 10 steals, three blocks, 13 fouls and 13 turnovers.
Sheets led the Maroon and Gold with 20 points, followed by Lilly with 18 and Musser with 14. Jared Kennedy posted 10 points before fouling out, while Mahr finished with seven. The Meigs scoring was rounded out by Jaxon Meadows and Tyler Fields with three and two points respectively.
Kennedy’s eight rebounds paced the Marauders on the glass, while Sheets had six boards and Musser added five. Sheets also had a team-high seven assists, followed by Musser with three and Lilly with two. Sheets, Lilly and Musser each had two steals to lead MHS, while Kennedy had a team-best two blocks.
Warren was 7-of-12 (58.3 percent) from the free throw line and 28-of-57 (49.1 percent) from the field, including 9-of-27 (33.3 percent) from beyond the arc. As a team the Blue and White posted 24 rebounds, 19 assists, nine steals, six blocks, 11 turnovers and 14 fouls.
Kyler Dennis led Warren with 21 points, followed by Hall with 13. Weihl and Luke Drayer both had 12 points, Bryce Gandee added six, Bishop Ford and Josh Hoffman each had three, while Mason Pilkey finished with two.
Weihl led Warred with eight rebounds and four blocks, while Drayer had a team-high seven assists and Hall led the defense with four steals.
Meigs returns to action Tuesday at Wellston in the Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division opener.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.