Meadowbrooks runs past Marietta, 86-65

JORDAN HOLLAND The Marietta Times Marietta's Dominic Vanfossen (32) goes up for a basket as Meadowbrook's Dylan Webster (2) defends during a high school boys basketball game Tuesday at Sutton Gymnasium. Meadowbrook won, 86-65.

Marietta High has had a challenging start to the 2017-18 season.

After falling to Dover in their season opener last week, the Tigers fell to Meadowbrook 86-65 Tuesday night at Sutton Gymnasium. Off to an 0-2 start, MHS will travel to New Philadelphia Friday in search of its first win.

“We ran into a buzzsaw right off the bat,” Dawson said. “Dover and Meadowbrook are going to win a lot of games this season. They’re two good ballclubs. We’re going to have to grow from this and get better.”

The Colts (2-0) shot a blistering 54 percent (31 for 56) from the floor, led by Trey Singleton’s game-high 25 points. Meadowbrook outrebounded Marietta 40-20 and turned many of Marietta’s missed shots into transition buckets.

“It seemed we pretty well had our way offensively,” said Meadowbrook head coach Lou Tolzda.

“We came out with intensity. We hustled and played good team ball. That’s the way we want to play. We want to work it, share the ball a little bit and try to turn the tempo up. I thought we did a good job of controlling the ball.”

The Tigers were 23 for 62 (37 percent) from the floor and were paced by Max Miller’s 13 points.

“We’ve got to sprint back and defend our bucket,” Dawson said. “That’s one thing we’ve got to get better at. That’s just effort. Kids are going to have to figure out how to sell out and get it done on the court.”

Meadowbrook led 8-5 midway through the first quarter, but a 20-6 run gave the Colts a 28-11 advantage at the end of one. The lead grew to 34, 54-20, at halftime.

“They’re just a physical team and we’re still continuing to find our way and toughen up,” Dawson said.

“We’ve just got to get tougher. We’ve got to be able to handle ball pressure and we’ve got to be able to crash the boards and own the boards. We’ve got to be able to D somebody up man-to-man.”

Miller was joined in double figures by Jermaine Burke, who scored 11 points. Freshman starter Mark Duckworth II led the team with five assists. Kail Hill had three steals.

Singleton was the player of the game, sinking nine of his 15 shot attempts and grabbing seven rebounds and three steals. He was complemented by Davis Black’s 17 points and five boards and Jonathan McCall’s 15 points, six boards and four assists. Bobby Feyko chipped in eight points and seven caroms.

“Trey kind of makes everybody better out there,” Tolzda said. “He’s just a good go-to guy. Everybody starts to concentrate on him and we have a couple other guys who can score too.”

Meadowbrook, a Division II regional qualifier last year, proved to be Marietta’s second straight tough opponent to start the year. The Tigers, still in search of an identity after losing five starters from last year’s 14-win team, will be on the road against the Quakers and Cambridge before returning home to play Zanesville.

“These next three games, it doesn’t get any easier,” Dawson said.