NELSONVILLE — To get to Saturday night’s main event, the Meigs Marauders first made good on Friday night at Nelsonville-York.
The Marauders put themselves in a position to play for at least a share of the Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division championship Saturday at Vinton County — by first handling the Nelsonville-York Buckeyes 65-39 inside Ben Wagner Gymnasium in Nelsonville.
Meigs, which won its fifth consecutive contest, raised its stellar record to 17-3 — and improved to 8-3 in the TVC-Ohio.
That set the stage for Saturday night at Vinton County, as the Marauders played the Vikings in a makeup matchup.
The Vikings, with their 79-56 win at Wellston on Friday night, clinched at least a share for the TVC-Ohio title at 9-2.
Should Meigs win at Vinton County, then the Marauders will in fact share the division crown with the Vikings and Alexander.
Alexander ended its TVC-Ohio slate at 8-3, rolling Athens 59-31 in Friday’s regular-season finale.
The Marauders, meanwhile, had little trouble dispatching the Buckeyes, which fell to 6-15 and 2-9 in the league.
Meigs won the initial meeting between the two teams by 20 points (85-65) on Jan. 8.
On Friday night, the Marauders led the Buckeyes 20-7 after the first quarter, 49-17 at halftime, and 50-25 following three quarters.
T.J. Williams led Meigs with 13 points, finishing with five field goals and 2-of-3 free throws.
Colton Lilly landed 12 points on five field goals and 2-of-2 foul shots.
Christian Mattox and Kaileb Sheets scored nine points apiece, as Williams, Mattox and Sheets each sank a three-pointer .
Dillon Mahr and Luke Musser mustered five points each, as Musser made the team’s other trifecta.
Meigs made three of its four treys in opening quarter en route to the big lead.
The Marauders managed a 23-14 advantage in total field goals, and meshed 15-of-26 free throws.
Jared Kennedy and Zach Bartrum bucketed four points apiece, as Jake Korn canned a field goal, while Jaxon Meadows and Tyler Fields each notched a free throw.
Hunter Edwards and Aron Davis dropped in 13 points apiece to lead Nelsonville-York, as Davis had five field goals and 3-of-4 free throws, while Edwards amounted four field goals and 5-of-9 free throws.
Jakob Talbert tallied two fourth-quarter field goals, while Jonathan Richards (second quarter) and Alex Williams (fourth quarter) each drilled a trey.
Conner Blake also had three points for the Buckeyes.
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