Double dip: MHS boys lose to New Philadelphia 73-54

Marietta High had New Philadelphia quaking in its boys’ basketball shoes early in the fourth quarter at Sutton Gym Saturday night.

The Tigers, who trailed by 20-points at halftime, outpointed the Quakers 21-10 in the third quarter, and scored the first four points of the final period to reduce the deficit to five.

But New Philly kept its poise and went on a 16-0 run to claim a 73-54 triumph in an East Central Ohio League tilt.

“I think for the whole 32 minutes, we played well,” said MHS head coach J.D. Secrest, whose Tigers dropped to 5-7 overall and 1-6 in the ECOL. “At halftime, we were down 20, but it didn’t feel like it.

“New Philadelphia has that spurt-ability where they can go on runs real quick. They went on a run when we had it to six in the first half, and then we cut it to five there at the end of the third quarter, and they came out and went on that run there in the fourth quarter to put it away. They’re a very good team.”

Sophomore Corey Hill and junior Braden Riley paced the Tigers, who suffered their third consecutive setback in the second week of January, with 14 and 11 points, respectively.

The Quakers (8-5, 5-2) were led by junior Marco Colombo, who tallied a game-high 25 points. Ethan Boose and Jamal Johnson chipped in with 16 and 14 markers, respectively. Dylan Hagan netted nine.

During first-quarter action, there were eight lead changes and one tie before Boose, who had 10 points in the first eight minutes of play, closed out the stanza with two buckets to give New Philadelphia a 15-12 advantage.

In the second quarter, Boose took a seat because of foul trouble. But stepping up were Johnson and Colombo who scored 10 and 9 points, respectively, to stretch New Philadelphia’s advantage to 47-27 at the break. During the second eight minutes of action, the Quakers were 10 of 11 from the floor, and outpointed MHS, 32-15.

“The kids really shot the ball well there,” said New Philadelphia boss Chad Spurgeon. “They’re a talented group of kids. I thought they did a nice job.”

In the third quarter, the Tigers only missed one shot (seven of eight, and turned the tables on the Quakers, outpointing them 21-10. Hill had two of the orange and black’s five threes in the stanza. Adam McKnight, Cameron Benson, and John Henry each had one trifecta.

Down 57-48 at the end of the third, MHS cut it to five early in the final stanza on two freebies by Billy Weekly and a putback by Riley. The Tigers never got any closer that that.

“The kids got their feet set (in the third quarter),” Secrest said, “and when they put the pressure on (in the fourth period), that’s just something we’re going to have to be able to deal with.

“This was an effort tonight out of our kids that, you know, we’ll be able to compete the rest of the way if we can get 32 minutes like that. This was definitely a much better result than what we had the night before (vs. Claymont). We’re going to need an effort like this Tuesday night against Warren.”