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Short-handed Tigers fall to Meadowbrook, 58-45

BYESVILLE — The day-long rain that dampened Guernsey County seemed to have an impact inside of the Meadowbrook High School gym as well. But the lethargic Colts were still able to escape with a 58-45 win over Marietta in East Central Ohio League action Friday night.

“It was one of those games that you are glad to get out of with a win,” Meadowbrook mentor Lou “Scooter” Tolzda said. “Maybe it was because we played Cambridge on Tuesday. I felt like we were a little bit flat. It felt like the whole gym was little bit flat. There was not very much excitement. It was a dead atmosphere and one of those grind games. Seemed like everybody was just a step slow.”

The Colts defeated Marietta by 26 points earlier in the season and were playing the hot Tigers between two games with their county rival. Despite playing “flat” – no matter what the reason – Meadowbrook was able to get off to a good start and hold that lead the remainder of the game.

After Marietta junior Tony Munos opened the game with a rebound basket, the Colts took the lead on three consecutive layups. Senior Johnathan McCall scored on a baseline drive, and sophomore Jake Singleton took a steal coast-to-coast for a layup and then scored from the baseline on a great feed pass.

McCall knocked down a 3-pointer and another layup while junior Davis Singleton and senior Addy Black and Jake Singleton each added a bucket. A 3-point goal by Marietta freshman A.J. Graham made the score 17-11 after the first quarter.

After Graham scored to open the second period and cut the lead to four points, the Colts went on another spurt as Jake Singleton, sophomore Jerome Todd and McCall each scored with Todd and McCall knocking down 3-pointers to push the lead to 11 at 25-13.

“I thought in the beginning, right in that one stretch, we played really good,” Tolzda said. “We moved up by 11 on them and it seemed like things were going to start clicking, but they made some shots and they made a good run before halftime.”

The rest of the quarter was pretty even with Marietta junior Adam Coil knocking down a pair of long bombs to keep the Tigers close at the half.

“He shot the ball well and rebounded really well too,” Marietta coach J.D. Secrest said. “He has gained some confidence in his outside shot the last couple of games and has been rebounding well.”

The Colts continued to grind in the third quarter and were able to take a 9-point lead into the final frame. McCall, who led four Meadowbrook players in double figures with 18, added four more in the third.

Presumably because they were playing slow already, Tolzda took the air out of the ball in the final frame forcing Marietta to foul to regain possession. The Colts, who didn’t shoot free throws well early in the second half, drained nine of 11 in the fourth quarter including the last six in a row to put the game on ice.

“We came out in the second half and neither team made any progress, but our kids made the plays when they had to,” Tolzda said. “Give them credit. Marietta played well tonight.”

Marietta coach J.D. Secrest was pleased with his team’s effort and the way several players stepped up due to three starters being out with injury or sickness.

“The kids came out and battled tonight and we’re super proud of the effort,” Secrest said. “We got a couple starters out tonight and it was gut check time. We had to take ‘next man up’ mentality. Kids like A.J. Graham, Kory Science and Tyler Kytta came out and gave us quality minutes.”

Munos led the Tigers with 13 points while Coil added 12 points to go along with nine rebounds as Marietta (8-8, 4-5 ECOL) out boarded the Colts 31-26.

McCall led the Colts with 18 points, Jake Singleton and Black each scored 12 and Davis Singleton scored 10. Black pulled down 10 rebounds for Meadowbrook (11-3, 7-1)

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