Union Local 59, John Marshall 38
MOUNDSVILLE, WV —State-ranked Union Local ran its recored to 11-0 with a 59-38 road victory against John Marshall on Wednesday.
Trenton Tipton and Gavin Porter paced the Jets with 16 and 15 points, respectively. Colton McKivitz contributed a “double-double” with 11 points and 11 rebounds while David Paulick added 10 tallies.
For John Marshall (3-7), Josh Smith scored 11 points and Hunter Sadoski had eight.
Barnesville 62, Beallsville 48
BEALLSVILLE — Talk about a decisive quarter!
Locked in a one-point game with homestanding Beallsville High, the Barnesville Shamrocks came out of the locker room with fire in their eyes and exploded for a 19-2 edge in the third quarter en route to a 62-48 victory on Friday.
After a 15-15 first quarter stalemate, Barnesville edged on top 20-29 at the intermission. The big third quarter onslaught pushed the Shamrocks’ advantage to 49-31 and more than offset Beallsville’s 17-12 edge in the final frame.
“It wasn’t anything special; we just regrouped and focused a little better,” said veteran Barnesville coach Chris Pack. “We decided to make them shoot from outside (in the second half). It was a half-hearted run-and-gun in the first half, but then we decided to lock down our defense and force them into taking bad shots.”
A big key for the Shamrocks (4-9) was protecting the basketball, with BHS charted with only four turnovers.
“The last three or four games, we’ve done a good job taking care of the ball,” said Pack.
Isaac McGee poured in 25 points to lead the Barnesville offense, with Brian Clark, David Stewart and Eric Nicholson all contributing 10 tallies.
The ‘Rocks were 25-of-48 from the field and had 22 rebounds. Zach Houston collected seven boards while Stewart handed out seven assists and McGee had four.
Beallsville (3-10) was led by Tristan Palmer with 20 points while Logan Nipper had 10 and Chaz Mercer added nine.
Meadowbrook 67, Barnesville 43
BARNESVILLE — Turning up the defensive intensity the second quarter, the visiting Meadowbrook Colts were able to erase a 10-point deficit and then kept the defensive pressure on the second half to roll to a 67-43 non-conference win over the host Barnesville Shamrocks Saturday.
The host Shamrocks jumped out to a 12-2 lead at the outset of the initial quarter and took a 14-7 lead to the second round. Barnesville built the margin to 20-10 at the 6:05 mark of the second frame before the Colts began the comeback. Meadowbrook put together a run of 12-2 to draw even at 22 with 2:53 remaining in the half. Barnesville got a pair of charity tosses from Zach Houston and sophomore Justin Cork answered with the first of two charity tosses to provide a 24-23 Barnesville lead.
Eric Nicholson converted the second of a two-shot bonus to push the lead to two (25-23), but Cork buried a bucket with 56 ticks remaining to send the teams to the locker room deadlocked at 25.
“Late in the second quarter there was a shift,” Barnesville coach Chris Pack acknowledged. “They (Meadowbrook) got physical and we fizzled out. We missed a layup after a steal that would have put us up 12 and the air went out of us. From that point, we let them out muscle us.
Following the intermission, the ‘Rocks stayed close the first couple of minutes, but Meadowbrook strung together seven straight points to take a 36-27 edge and then after Brian Clark hit the second of a two-shot charity toss, the Colts reeled off 10 consecutive to close out the third quarter and take a commanding 46-28 lead to the final eight minutes.
“Barnesville did a nice job the first quarter,” Meadowbrook boss Keith Arnold admitted. “I thought we may have had a little hang-over from last night and weren’t moving our feet very well. The second quarter we started moving our feet better and picked up the defense. The first half we settled for too many perimeter shots and talked to them at halftime about going inside/outside and did a better job of that the second half. Our defensive pressure wore them down in the second half.”
Taking the 18-point lead to the final quarter, the Colts never let up and continued to build on the deficit until they pushed the margin to 29 points (63-34) with just over three minutes remaining and coasted to the 67-43 victory.
“When you miss shots the way we did, it is hard to play defense,” Pack conceded. “We were a half-step or a step slow the whole second half. I tried to resurrect them at halftime, but it was like trying to raise a dead horse.”
The Colts (8-7) shot a blistering 53 percent from the field (26-of-49) and added 10-of-17 from the foul line. Isiah Green and Cameron Summers led the scoring barrage with 18 points each. Cork added 13 of the bench as Arnold was able to play everyone on the bench that was healthy.
Barnesville (4-9) hit just 14-of-39 floor attempts for 35.8 percent and tacked on 10-of-13 from the charity stripe with no player reaching double figures. David Stewart, Isaac McGee and Houston tallied nine points each, while Nicholson and Clark chipped in with seven points each.