THE PLAINS, Ohio — It’s tough to beat shooting like that.
The Athens boys basketball team shot over 51 percent from the field Friday night and the Bulldogs defeated Tri-Valley conference Ohio Division guest Meigs 63-31.
Meigs (7-6, 3-2 TVC Ohio) held close to the Bulldogs (12-3, 6-0) through the first quarter and trailed 13-6. Athens turned up the heat in the second quarter and led 36-12 at the midway point.
The Bulldogs expanded their lead to 30 points headed into the fourth period, and closed the game with by outscoring the Marauders 12-to-10 in the fourth period. AHS took the 63-31 victory to remain unbeaten in the league.
The Maroon and Gold were led by by Isaiah English with 14 points, followed by Cody Bartrum with four. A.J. Kopec, Damon Jones and Colton Lilly each had three points, while Ty Phelps, and Jaxon Meadows both added two.
Meigs shot 13-of-51 (25.5 percent) from the field, 2-of-18 (11.1 percent) from beyond the arc and 3-of-8 (37.5 percent) from the free throw line. The Marauders had 32 rebounds, three assists, three blocks, five steals and 15 turnovers.
Phelps and Bartrum led MHS with five rebounds each, while Phelps had a team-best two assists. English and Jones led the Meigs defensive effort with two steals apiece.
The Bulldogs were led by Ryan Luehrman with 14 points, followed by Joe Burrow with 11, Adam Luehrman with 10 and Ibi Watson with nine. Sam Vander Ven had six points, Zacciah Saltzman added five, Griffin Lutz marked four, Evan Cooley had three, while Kaliq Carr rounded out the AHS total with one point.
Athens was 22-of-43 (51.2 percent) from the field, 3-of-12 (25 percent) from beyond the arc and 16-of-26 (61.5 percent) from the free throw line. AHS had 37 rebounds, 13 assists, five blocks, seven steals and 12 turnovers.
Ryan Luehrman had a team-best eight rebounds, while Burrow led the way with five assists, two blocks and three steals.
These teams will meet again Tuesday in Rocksprings. Meigs has lost back-to-back league games after starting out 3-0.