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Meigs Boys tack on a big win over Wellston at home

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After three straight losses, the Meigs Marauders boys basketball team is finally back in the win column. The team sealed their first home win of the season in Friday’s game against Wellston in a thriller, winning 56-49. The victory for Jeremy Hill’s team was a much needed win and should be a huge confidence booster as they near the end of the season. 

Early on, the game seemed to be headed in a familiar direction for Meigs, trailing by double digits. Yet every time Wellston started to take over, the Marauders found ways to score and keep their hopes alive. A back and forth second quarter had Meigs going into halftime down two, 23-21. 

Something changed for the Marauders after halftime. The pesky Marauders kept pushing Wellston to their limits as the crowd inside propelled them to the biggest moment of the game-the fourth quarter. Sophomore Cayden Gheen absolutely took over the game, scoring 16 points, including draining four straight threes in crunch time. He finished the game with 21 points and was lights out on Friday. In a heated match where Meigs leading scorer Braylon Harrison was out, the underclassman was the spark Meigs needed to win. Head coach Jeremy Hill recognized the resilience his team showed in Friday’s win. 

“Most 4-10 ball club’s would fold when they got down in the first quarter. But instead they went on a 14-0 run. They started valuing their possessions a lot more. They started executing a lot better.” 

Although still in the bottom half of the standings, Friday’s comeback win is monumental for their postseason chances. Hill knows the significance. 

“A total team effort. I couldn’t be more proud of these guys.”

Meigs takes on second place Nelsonville-York on Tuesday and will look to stay afloat in a highly competitive TVC-Ohio.