NELSONVILLE, Ohio — A strong finish gave the Buckeyes revenge over Meigs.
The Nelsonville-York boys basketball team finished with game with a 12-to-3 run to seal the 47-39 Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division victory over visiting Meigs.
NYHS (15-6, 5-4 TVC Ohio) started quickly, out scoring Meigs (9-11, 4-6) 18-to-6 in the opening stanza. Nelsonville-York added one to its lead in the second period with a 10-9 run that put MHS behind 28-15 at the break.
The Buckeyes extended their lead to 32-17 just two minutes into the second half but the Marauders caught fire. The Maroon and Gold went on a 19-to-3 run that gave them their first lead of the game at 36-35 with four minutes remaining. The Orange and Brown answered with a 12-to-3 spurt to end the game with a 47-39 victory.
The Marauder offense was led by Dillon Boyer and Jordan Hutton with 10 points apiece. Treay McKinney chipped in with seven points, Ty Phelps added six, while Dustin Ulbrich, Cody Stewart and Matt Casci each finished with two points.
Hutton led the glass attack for the Marauders with six rebounds on the night, while Matt Casci had a team-high three assists. Phelps and Kaileb Sheets led the MHS defense with three steals apiece.
As a unit the Maroon and Gold had 30 rebounds, 10 assists and nine steals. Meigs committed 23 turnovers and 18 fouls in the game. MHS shot 2-of-3 (66.7 percent) from the free throw line and 17-of-51 (33.3 percent) from the field, including 3-of-13 (23.1 percent) from beyond the arc. Boyer accounted for a pair of MHS triples, while Hutton drained the other.
The Buckeyes were led by Jacob Blake with 15 points and nine rebounds, followed by Marc Carter and Emmitt Reed with eight apiece. Joey Young scored four points, Cody Walker and Josh Fayette each marked three, while Colt Adams, Jay Elliott and Cannon Kilbarge reach finished with two.
As a team NYHS had 36 rebounds, five assists, 10 steals and two blocks. The Orange and Brown committed 20 turnovers and just 10 fouls. The Buckeyes shot 13-of-20 (65 percent) from the free throw line and 15-of-44 (34.1 percent) from the field, including 4-of-16 (25 percent) from beyond the arc. Blake, Walker, Carter and Reed each had one triple for the Buckeyes.
Meigs defeated NYHS in the first meeting of the season on January 11th in Rocksprings, by a count of 62-58. The Marauders have now lost four consecutive games and return to action in the sectional final against Federal Hocking. That game will be played at Athens High School in February 23 at 7 p.m.