Bartrum, Baer Propell Marauders To Season Sweep of Buckeyes

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The Nelsonville-York Buckeyes had their chance at revenge against the Meigs Marauders Wednesday night, but were unable to come out on top once again losing 65-53.

Meigs Coach Ed Fry mentioned how they were lucky to have a game last night to prepare for this matchup, whereas N-Y did not get that chance.

The Marauders brought in a positive mindset going into the game and knew what to expect from the last time these two teams met. In the end, it all worked out for Meigs. However, for the Buckeyes, their losing streak extended to six games.

“Obviously we are disappointed we loss, but there’s a lot of positives to take away from this game,” N-Y Coach Jamie Justus said. “The effort is there. The attitude was there. We played better as a team.”

Nelsonville-York, Keegan Wilburn, had a double double tonight, with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Jonathon Richards came out with 1 points and 5 rebounds.

However, the Buckeyes got some help from the younger players on the court tonight. Freshman, Ethan Gail, who usually plays four quarters for the JV team, played one quarter with the Varsity team tonight and got some great rebounds for the team. Gail is a smart basketball player who Coach Justus says will be looked at a lot next season to fill the shoes of their graduating players.

Just like the Buckeyes, the Marauders have young players on their team. With multiple injuries starting of their season, their record shows how they play without their top talent.

Sophomore Weston Baer had a leg injury during football season and was more cautious when playing the first few weeks of basketball season. When he healed, the boys were back in action with wins coming their way.

He can’t do this alone, however, Junior Zach Bartrum is there to help him lead the team and led his team with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists against the Buckeyes. While Baer earned 20 points for his team.

Even with a slow start, the Marauders have a chance to end the season out strong and will get that chance against Wellston High School on Friday night. The Buckeyes will continue their fight for a win against Athens on Friday night.

As Coach Justus says, “Keep grinding. Stay focused. Trust the process.”