Gallia Academy’s High Powered Offenses Rolls Past Meigs

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Injury’s proved detrimental tonight for the Marauders as fall to Gallia Academy 59-37

The Marauders held it close till the second half when the Blue Devils broke it open by forcing turnovers in the backcourt with their full-court press.

This shocked Coach Frye, who believed Gallia Academy (2-0) was going to press in the first half.

He thought his team would be able to break the press with their “experienced ball handlers and passers.”

Though Weston Baer who has only participated in 4 practices and is coming off a broken leg from this football season, carried the Marauders with 13 points.

Points were scarce against the Blue Devils defense as they locked down in the paint, and shots just weren’t falling from the perimeter. Coach Frye explained Gallia Academy’s game plan against their offense.

“Gallia Academy is tough to score against because they just drop big Loveday in the middle of the lane and press out everybody else which makes it tough to get a decent shot around the basket.”

Meigs seemed to be plagued by injury as they lost two players, Cooper Darst and Christian Mattox, to ankle injuries throughout the course of the contest.

Coach Frye stated, “Losing those two guys, two integral parts of what we do offensively and defensively, we are kind of thin anyway, but we were hanging really tough until the end and still after that, our kids never quit, so I’m proud of them for that.”

Meigs showed no let up as they kept running and pushing the ball up the court to try and beat the press that they faced.

There was an immense amount of hustle plays throughout the game with players diving for balls and wrestling around trying to turn the tide which led to possession changes and momentum swings.

The Blue Devils had a high-powered offense with three players scoring in double digits. Evan Wiseman and Justin McCleland had 13 points while Zach Loveday had 12 points, 11 rebounds, and six blocks.

Moving toward their next game against Warren, on December 8th, the Marauders are using the extra playing time that the bench players received due to injuries to their advantage, as they now have more game experience.

This should add to the depth of the roster moving forward as they look to add a one to the win column against Warren later in the week.