Vinton County Survives Dunking Marauders

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What? Did he just? No way!? That was the reaction early in the 4th quarter as Jared Kennedy went up for a monstrous dunk with his team trailing. From there the game took on a completely different feel as the Meigs Marauders and Vinton County Vikings fought for control of the crowd, the momentum and the game.

Still even after the Kennedy dunk the Marauders still found themselves trailing by six, cue Luke Musser who drilled a three on the very next possession. Time out Vikings and game on in Meigs. From there the two teams traded baskets, neither willing to give up anything fighting for every loose ball and rebound.

Finally, with only a few minutes left, Zach Bartrum drove down the lane and hit a layup and the Marauders were down by two 49-47. Fast forward two minutes, leaving just 5.2 seconds left on the clock with the Marauders finally taking control of the momentum. Score 58-56 Vinton County and on the line Nevan Yates, not Naylan, who played less than three minutes in the game. The moments where champions are made. If you’re the Marauders it seems like you could not ask for a better situation, right? First shot money, second shot swish. Game over.

The Marauders would go on to hit a three but it was too late as the Vikings won 60-59. Another surprising star for the Vikings in this game was Jacob Speakman who was the main man early on finishing with 10 points and four boards. For the Vikings this was a complete game from all players as no one on the team even reached 15 points. For the Marauders, however, the biggest keys in the game were Luke Musser and Jared Kennedy who combined for over half of their team’s points.

Meigs will look took take down Nelsonville-York on Tuesday while the Vikings look to continue to prove their dominance over the TVC when they play River Valley on Tuesday.