ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — In a battle for second place the Vikings took control.
The Meigs boys basketball team was just a half-game back of second place in the Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division before Friday night’s tilt against visiting Vinton County. VCHS took a 56-45 victory at Larry R. Morrison Gymnasium to move a game and a half ahead of the Marauders.
Meigs (8-8, 4-3 TVC Ohio) held Vinton County (9-6, 6-2) to just five points in the opening stanza and claimed the 10-5 lead through eight minutes. The Vikings put on their own defensive stand in the second quarter and rallied to take the 22-16 lead into halftime.
VCHS outscored the Maroon and Gold 16-to-12 in the third canto and 18-to-16 in the finale to seal the 56-45 triumph.
The Marauders were led by Damon Jones with 18 points and Isaiah English with 16, followed by Jordan Hutton with eight. Cody Bartrum marked two points, while Ty Phelps added one to round out the MHS total.
Meigs shot 14-of-48 (29.1 percent) from the field, 5-of-17 (29.4 percent) from three point range and 12-of-16 (75 percent) from the free throw line. As a team MHS had 27 rebounds, nine assists, seven steals and 17 turnovers.
Jones paced Meigs with 10 rebounds, followed by Phelps and English with four each. English and Phelps each had three assists, while Jones led the defense with three steals.
Vinton County’s offensive effort was led by Alex Owings with 18 points and Jordan Albright with 12. Max Ward had wight points, Austin Lambert marked six, Tristan Bartoe had five, Chase Ward added four and Ryan Sparks rounded out the Viking total with three points.
VCHS shot 11-of-16 (68.8 percent) from the free throw line and committed 11 turnovers in the triumph.
Meigs, with three league losses is now eliminated form sharing the TVC Ohio championship, but the Maroon and Gold could still play a big part in how the league shakes out.
The Vikings are now the only team, aside from league-leading Athens, with a chance to share a TVC Ohio title. Vinton County needs the Bulldogs at lose to both Alexander and Meigs, while the Vikings would need wins at Wellston and against the Marauders in order to for VCHS to share the crown with Athens.
Thes teams will meet again in McArthur on February 15.