WELLSTON, Ohio — Now that’s how you cap off a win on the road.
The Meigs boys basketball team poured in 26 points in the fourth quarter of the Marauders’ 76-39 Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division victory over Wellston, Tuesday night in Jackson County.
The Marauders (3-0, 1-0 TVC Ohio) — who outscored Wellston (2-1, 0-1) by four points in each of the first two quarters — led 29-21 at halftime. After the break, Meigs went on a 21-to-10 third quarter run, highlighted by 11 points from MHS senior Colton Lilly.
Leading 50-31 headed into the finale, the Maroon and Gold outscored their hosts 26-8 over the final eight minutes, securing the 76-39 victory.
Lilly led the Marauders with 20 points and 14 rebounds, followed by Luke Musser with 15 points and three boards. MHS senior Kaileb Sheets marked 11 points and six rebounds, while T.J. Williams marked seven points, all in the fourth quarter.
Dillon Mahr posted six points, Christian Mattox added five, while Jaxon Meadows and Tyler Fields each had four markers. Jared Kennedy and Devon Hawley rounded out the Marauder offense with two points apiece. Fields finished six rebounds, Kennedy added five, while Meadows marked three.
Lilly, Musser, Sheets, Mahr, Kennedy and Jake Korn each had a steal in the win, while Lilly, Mattox and Kennedy each blocked a shot. As a team the Marauders had 46 rebounds, six steals, three blocked shots and 12 turnovers. MHS shot 9-of-17 (52.9 percent) from the free throw line and 31-of-58 (53.4 percent) from the field, including 4-of-11 (36.4 percent) from beyond the arc.
Caden Ervin paced the hosts with 12 points, followed by Caleb Stanley with 10 and Braydon Womeldorf with six. Justin Rafferty, Hunter Whalen and Chazz Davis each posted three points for the Golden Rockets, while Matt Simpson finished with two. Wellston was 6-of-17 (35.3 percent) from the free throw line and committed nine turnovers.
The Marauders will look to sweep WHS on January 26, when the Blue and Gold invade Larry R. Morrison Gymnasium. Meigs puts its undefeated record on the line Friday night when defending league champion Athens travels to Rocksprings.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.