Tigers fall again to unbeaten Colts

TOM PERRY The Marietta Times Marietta’s Kail Hill, right, guards Meadowbrook’s Trey Singleton during a high school boys basketball game Wednesday in Byesville.

BYESVILLE — There were a few moments when you could see the potential.

There was Kail Hill’s solid defense, Austin Witucky’s three quick baskets and Tony Munos’ late rebounds that led to four points.

But there wasn’t enough of those moments – and way too much Trey Singleton – as Marietta fell to Meadowbrook 69-49 in an East Central Ohio League boys basketball game Wednesday night.

“We’ve been out of rhythm for the last three games,” said Marietta coach Glenn Dawson. “This is also a very good team, and we knew it was going to be hard to match up with them.”

Dawson said the Colts (7-0, 7-0) are taller and quicker than his Marietta (3-6, 1-6) squad.

The Tigers didn’t have a great answer for Singleton either. The point guard scored 20 of his game-high 27 points in the first half as the Colts cruised to a 34-16 lead.

“Singleton is a complete player, and he’s tough for us to match up with on defense,” Dawson said. “We didn’t get the help-side defense that we needed to stop him.”

Singleton also made 4-of-5 three-point attempts and grabbed nine rebounds.

“He can get hot,” said Meadowbrook coach Lou Tolzda. “He’s one kid we got back from a year that started for us.”

While Singleton had the hot hand in the first half, Davis Black took over in the second half with 13 of his 15 points. He also had nine rebounds. Six other Colts scored on the night, including six each from Jonathan McCall, Robby Feyko and Easton Black.

“I thought in spurts we played very good, and in other spurts we got lackadaisical,” Tolzda said. “(Marietta) is a dangerous team because you never know who will score, and they didn’t quit at all in this game.”

All 15 Marietta players saw action, but only Derek Duckworth reached double-digit scoring with 11 points, while Hill added seven points.

The Tigers hung around early in the game as both teams struggled to score in the first quarter. With Meadowbrook leading 7-4, Singleton hit back-to-back 3-pointers to extend the lead to 13-4.

Marietta battled in the second quarter and cut the Colts’ lead to 19-13 following a basket by Max Miller. However, the Tigers were outscored 15-3 going into the half. Marietta made just 4 of 14 shots in the second quarter.

The Tigers were much more competitive in the second half as Meadowbrook outscored Marietta 35-33. Dawson hopes that is a sign of things to come for MHS.

“We’re going to practice in the morning and start getting ready for Belpre on Friday,” he said.

Tolzda said his squad has back-to-back tough road contests coming up with Warren on Tuesday and Zanesville on Jan. 5.

“It’s nice to be 7-0 right now, but it’s going to get a lot tougher,” Tolzda said. “We had good balance tonight, and we will need to continue to have that as the season moves on.”