RIO GRANDE, Ohio — It’s safe to say the Marauder offensive is firing on all cylinders.
The Meigs boys basketball team eclipsed 70 points for the fourth consecutive game on Saturday night, as the Marauders rolled to a 71-39 victory over Rock Hill at the Newt Oliver Coaches Classic, hosted by the University of Rio Grande.
The Marauders (5-0), who never trailed in the contest, bolted out to a 15-4 lead through one quarter of play. Meigs expanded its advantage to 36-16 at halftime with a 21-12 second quarter run. Meigs shot 16-of-28 (57.1 percent) from the field in the first half, while holding Rock Hill (0-5) to 7-of-20 (35 percent) from the field through the first two quarters.
Meigs outscored the Redmen 20-to-8 in the third quarter, pushing the lead to 56-24 with eight minutes remaining. The Maroon and Gold grabbed game-best 35-point lead early in the fourth period, before cruising to the 71-39 victory.
MHS senior Colton Lilly made 12-of-17 field goal attempts and paced the Marauders with 25 points, followed by Kaileb Sheets with 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting. Marauders sophomore Christian Mattox posted 10 points, Dillon Mahr and T.J. Williams each added five, while Devon Hawley and Tyler Fields each scored four points. Meigs senior Jaxon Meadows rounded out the scoring for the Maroon and Gold with two points in the win.
Lilly also led the Marauders on the glass with nine rebounds, followed by Sheets and Jared Kennedy with four each. Sheets marked a team-best five assists, followed by Luke Musser with four and Lilly with two. The MHS defense was led by Sheets and Mattox with three steals each, while Lilly marked two.
For the game Meigs shot 8-of-13 (61.5 percent) from the free throw line and 29-of-57 (50.9 percent) from the field, including 5-of-18 (27.8 percent) from beyond the arc. As a team the Maroon and Gold had 23 defensive rebounds, 12 offensive rebounds, 15 assists, 13 steals, eight fouls and 12 turnovers.
Rock Hill was led by Nathan Turvey with 12 points and Mason Darby with 10, followed by Alex Nance with six and Brady Knipp with five. Tyler Damron, Logan Reed and Jaret Bacorn each scored two points in the setback for the Redmen.
Cameron Barnette led RHHS on the boards with five rebounds, while Darby marked team-highs in assists with four, steals with four and blocks with one.
The Redmen shot 2-of-5 (40 percent) from the charity stripe and 16-of-45 (35.6 percent) from the field, including 5-of-17 (29.4 percent) from beyond the arc. As a team Rock Hill marked 20 defensive rebounds, nine offensive rebounds, six assists, six steals, one block, 16 fouls and 20 turnovers.
The Marauders continue non-conference play on Tuesday when they visit 1-3 Jackson.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.