JACKSON, Ohio — It may not have been the prettiest of victories, but the Marauders escaped the Apple City with their sixth straight win.
The Meigs boys basketball team continued its perfect start to the season Tuesday night, defeating non-conference host Jackson by a 47-44 final tally.
The Marauders (6-0) led 13-6 after eight minutes of play and expanded their lead to a game-high nine points early in the second canto. Meigs led 20-11 with 4:25 left in the second, but Jackson (1-4) closed the half on a 13-6 run that trimmed the deficit to 26-24.
The Ironmen took their first lead less than a minute into the second half, and they pushed the advantage to 36-32 headed into the finale.
Jackson — which led by as much as six in the third period — held a 39-34 edge with 6:12 left in the fourth, but Meigs rallied to tie the game at 39 with 5:04 to play. The Ironmen quickly reestablished the two-point lead, but a Luke Musser trifecta earned Meigs the 42-41 advantage with 3:00 on the fourth quarter clock.
JHS tied the game at 42 from the free throw line, but MHS senior Colton Lilly sank a two-point field goal with 1:30 left, giving the Maroon and Gold a 44-42 lead. Meigs sank 3-of-4 free throw attempts to push its lead to 47-44 with 17 seconds left on the clock. The Ironmen fired three three-point attempts in the final eight seconds, but all were missed and the Marauders claimed the 47-44 win.
Musser sank three triples in the game and led the Meigs offense with 15 points, followed by Lilly with 12 points and Kaileb Sheets with 10. Jared Kennedy posted six points, Tyler Fields added three, while Dillon Mahr rounded out the Marauder scoring with one point.
The Marauders shot 9-of-13 (69.2 percent) from the free throw line and 17-of-47 (36.2 percent) from the field, including 4-of-14 (28.6 percent) from three-point range. As a team MHS had 35 rebounds, 10 assists, five steals, five blocks, 10 fouls and 14 turnovers.
Kennedy led the Maroon and Gold on the boards with 13 rebounds, followed by Lilly with nine. Kennedy also posted a team-best four blocks, while Sheets finished with a team-high three assists.
Jackson was led by Carson Spohn with 20 points and Dakota Nichols with 12, followed by Cooper Donaldson with seven and Kendall Neal with five.
JSH shot 6-of-11 (54.5 percent) from the free throw line and 16-of-47 (34 percent) from the field, including 6-of-22 (27.3 percent) from beyond the arc. The Red and White had 27 rebounds, 12 assists, nine steals, one block, 12 fouls and 11 turnovers.
Neal marked team-highs in rebounds with eight and steals with three, while Donaldson marked seven boards and five assists. Jackson has now lost three straight games by a combined six points.
The Marauders will put their unblemished mark on the line Friday night when they visit 1-7 River Valley for a Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division showdown.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.