ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — The streak and the skid both continue.
The unbeaten Meigs boys basketball team claimed an 88-67 victory over non-conference guest Point Pleasant on Saturday night in Larry R. Morrison Gymnasium, handing PPHS its fourth straight loss to begin the season.
The Marauders (8-0) and Big Blacks (0-4) were tied at 18 after eight minutes of play, but Meigs jumped out to a 39-32 lead at halftime. In the first half Meigs junior Luke Musser had 15 points, including a quartet of trifectas, while PPHS junior Douglas Workman drained five triples and had 15 points at the break.
The Maroon and Gold pushed their advantage to 65-50 by the end of the third quarter, thanks in big part to MHS senior Colton Lilly, who had 16 points in the third. The guests never got within 14 points in the final period as Meigs rolled to the 88-67 victory.
“We learned a lot from the Jackson game and in the two practices since then we really worked on extending our defense, creating pressure and playing at the pace we like,” Meigs head coach Ed Fry said. “The kids are really loving playing that way, they’re playing hard and enjoying the game. They’re really hungry, I think they’re enjoying being undefeated and I think they realize what they have a chance to do.”
Lilly led MHS with 31 points, followed by Musser with 15 and Christian Mattox with 11. Tyler Fields and Jaxon Meadows each scored eight points, T.J. Williams and Zach Helton both added three, while Jake Korn marked two points in the win. Jared Kennedy rounded out the Marauder scoring with one point. Meigs shot 14-of-28 (50 percent) from the charity stripe in the game, but made 10-of-13 (76.9 percent) free throw attempts in the second half.
Workman and Bradley Gibbs led PPHS with 17 points apiece, followed by Trey Tucker with 15. Cason Payne and Parker Rairden each had six points, Trace Derenberger chipped in with three, Will Harbour added two, while Trenton Tucker finished with one point. Point Pleasant shot 9-of-11 (81.8 percent) from free throw line in the setback.
“The third quarter has been a nemesis for us all year,” PPHS head coach Josh Williams said. “We saw that the other day, we’ve been trying to address that and we, as a staff, just have to find some way for our guys to come out in the second half and get off to a good start. A big thing is taking care of the ball in the third quarter and eliminating those runs.”
The Big Blacks will return to action on Tuesday when River Valley visits Point Pleasant, while Meigs’ final game of 2015 will be at Federal Hocking on December 29.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.