NELSONVILLE, Ohio — Games can be won and lost at the free throw line.
The Meigs boys basketball team earned a 52-50 victory over Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division host Nelsonville-York Friday night, after the Buckeyes missed on a one-and-one opportunity from the free throw line with one second remaining.
The Marauders (6-3, 3-0 TVC Hocking) jumped out to a 14-8 lead through the opening quarter and extended their lead to 28-21 at halftime. Nelsonville-York (5-5, 1-3) cut the MHS lead to five headed into the fourth quarter.
Meigs stretched out the to nine points with under 1:30 to play but NYHS answered with seven straight markers. The Maroon and Gold were able to push the lead to 52-48 with a Jordan Hutton layup but the Buckeyes trimmed the lead back to two points with three seconds to play.
Meigs committed a turnover on the inbound play to give Nelsonville-York one last chance. The Buckeyes were fouled but missed the front-end of the one-and-one and Meigs held on for the 52-50 win.
Kaileb Sheets led Meigs with 20 points, followed by Damon Jones with 17 and Jordan Hutton with seven. Isaiah English marked six points, while Ty Phelps had two, rounding out the Marauder total.
Meigs shot 24-of-44 (54.5 percent) from the field, 1-of-7 (14.3 percent) from beyond the arc and 3-of-8 (37.5 percent) from the free throw line. As a team Meigs had 32 rebounds, led by Jones with nine, 14 assists, led by Sheets with six, and seven steals, led by Cody Bartrum with three. The Marauders committed 20 turnovers and 14 fouls, while blocking one shot.
The Buckeyes were led by Josh Fayette with 16 points and Wade Lent with 11. Colt Adams added nine points, Jay Elliott marked eight, Cannon Kilbarger chipped in with four, while Jeremy Warren finished with two.
The Orange and Brown shot 23-of-51 (45.1 percent) from the field, 2-of-12 (16.7 percent) from beyond the arc and 2-of-10 (20 percent) from beyond the arc. NYHS had 26 rebounds, led by Kilbarger with seven, three assists, led by Fayette with two and 10 steals. The Buckeyes committed 16 turnovers and 13 fouls, while blocking two shots.
The Marauders have now won three straight games and five consecutive road games. All three of Meigs’ league wins have come on the road. Meigs will look to sweep Nelsonville-York on February 14, when the Buckeyes invade Rocksprings.