ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — A defensive slugfest at its finest.
Just 72 points were scored Friday night as the Meigs boys basketball team dropped its first Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division game of the year as the Spartans claimed the 37-35 victory in Larry R. Morrison Gymnasium.
Alexander (8-3, 2-3 TVC Ohio) held Meigs (6-4, 3-1) to just two points in the opening quarter and took the four point lead. The Spartans expanded their lead to 18-11 by the midway point and 27-19 headed into the fourth quarter. The Marauders scored 16 points in the fourth quarter but AHS marked 10 and took the 37-35 victory.
Meigs was led by Kaileb Sheets and Damon Jones with 12 points each, followed by Isaiah English with six points. Cody Bartrum and Ty Phelps each had two points, while Jordan Hutton added one for the Maroon and Gold. Jones hit a pair of three-pointers, while Meigs was 1-of-5 (20 percent) from the free throw line.
The Spartans were led by Seth Richardson with 11 points, followed by Mason Chapan with 10 and Kyle Howard with seven. Lukas Thompson marked six points, Jordan Moseley had two, while Chris Wingett rounded out the scoring with one point. Howard marked one three-pointer and AHS was 6-of-12 (50 percent) from the charity stripe.
The Spartans are now on a six game winning streak, while Meigs snapped a three-game winning streak with the setback.
This series finishes as a season split as Meigs defeated Alexander by a count of 57-47 on December 13, in Albany. Meigs had defeated the Spartans in five straight matchups dating back to 2012.