Updated Wed, Feb 19, 2014 2:48 am
The Meigs Marauders’ tournament run came to an abrubt end Tuesday night, as Evan French and the No. 2 seed Warren Warriors proved to be too much to handle, rolling to a 73-47 victory at Jim Myers Gymnasium.
French led the Warriors to a hot start, hitting three 3-pointers in the first quarter alone. He then went on to put on a show, posting 26 points altogether, including 18 from behind the arc.
Size and physicality proved to be the main factors in the victory, as the Warriors outsized the Mauraders in every position. They used size to their advantage, capitalizing on offensive rebounds to create a pivotal 11-3 run in the second quarter and going into the half with a 38-20 lead.
“They just caught fire” Meigs head coach David Kight said.
Meigs could never establish a solid rhythm while always trying to handle the Warrior full-court pressure that ensued most of the game.
“We just tried to get the ball to the middle of the court and through the traps. We didn’t do a great job of head faking,” Kight said.
Meigs sharpshooter Damon Jones struggled early to find any offense and found himself with two fouls early in the first half. He started to heat up late in the fourth, hitting back to back 3-pointers and cutting the lead to nine, but that would be the closest the game would come. He ended the game with 12 points and seven rebounds.
Although the Marauders lost the contest, AJ Kopec hit a 3-pointer in the waning minutes of the game to bolster some of the team's spirits.
The Warriors will face the Athens Bulldogs in a highly anticipated sectional final Friday at Logan High School. This game is a rematch of last season’s regional semifinals. In that matchup, Warren came away with the win 74-69 in overtime.