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December 15, 2017

12/5/2017 11:49:00 PM
BOYS BASKETBALL: Ironmen rally to win 62-56 against Meigs
Jackson’s Cooper Donaldson (#12) goes for a shot in front of Bobby Musser (#20) of Meigs in the season-opener on Friday night. (Photo By Red Thompson, Jr.)

Jackson’s Cooper Donaldson (#12) goes for a shot in front of Bobby Musser (#20) of Meigs in the season-opener on Friday night. (Photo By Red Thompson, Jr.)

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JACKSON - After playing from behind for most of the game, the Jackson Ironmen dominated against Meigs in the final five minutes on the way to a 62-56 win in the season-opener on Friday.

The Ironmen (1-0) took advantage of 16-6 run, down the stretch for the win.

A three-pointer by Caleb Wallis gave Jackson the lead and Traylon Davis connected on a pair of free throws with 4:03 left to take a 53-50 advantage.

The Ironmen made 5 of 7 free throws in the final 35.8-seconds to complete the win.

"We weren't overly satisfied with how things went tonight but I tip my hat to Meigs and Coach (Ed) Fry. They beat us in every single quarter," said Jackson head coach Max Morrow. "Defensively, we weren't where we needed to be to start the game.

"At the end of the game, I told our guys to relax, inhale, we won."

Cooper Donaldson scored 18 points with 14-rebounds, while Wallis and Carson Spohn added 12 points apiece to pace the Ironmen.

Christian Mattox led the way for the Marauders with a game-high 23 points, while Weston Baer and Zach Bartrum each added 11.

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The Ironmen (1-0) shot 37.5 percent in the second half after shooting 38.7 percent in the first half. Meigs (0-1) shot 44.4 percent (20 of 45) for the game but was held to just nine points in the fourth quarter.

"We know we can get better and we are going to get better," Morrow said. "A win is a win and we are going to enjoy it, but we are going to get right back to work tomorrow.

"We have a very tough week next week with back-to-back home games on Tuesday and Friday and Saturday, we go to Gallipolis."

Meigs' biggest lead was six in the first half. The Marauders led 18-12 after one-quarter of play, but Jackson pulled closer to trail 31-29 at the half.

The Ironmen trailed by as many as five in the third quarter. Cooper and Caden Donaldson combined to make 3 of 4 free throws with 13.7 seconds left to go ahead 46-45, before Baer's layup with three seconds remaining gave Meigs a 47-46 advantage, heading into the final quarter of play.

"We were down six after the first quarter," Morrow said. "We fought back in the second and third but we still gave up 16-points in the third and that's not what we want to do. "In the fourth quarter, we held them to nine and we scored 16, which is indicative of what we want to do.

"That was the difference in the game. They had us on the ropes and I thought their kids played a tremendous game."

Jackson held a 36-27 advantage on the boards, including 13-2 in second-chance points for the game.

The Ironmen were back in action at home on Tuesday against River Valley. They will open Frontier Athletic Conference play on Friday against Greenfield-McClain at home.

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