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Tigers handle Meigs in home opener, 48-47

Photo by Jordan Holland Marietta’s A.J. Graham (3) handles the ball as Meigs’ Conlee Burnem (20) defends during a high school boys basketball game Tuesday at Sutton Gym. Marietta won 48-47.

MARIETTA — Despite having to watch most of the fourth quarter from the bench due to foul trouble, Marietta senior Tyler Kytta scored a game-high 19 points to lead the Tigers past Meigs 48-47 Tuesday at Sutton Gym.

Marietta (2-1) trailed its home opener 33-26 early in the third quarter. Kytta responded by scoring seven straight points to tie the game, then gave Marietta a 36-35 lead with a three-point play.

Isaac Koast’s 3-pointer put the Tigers up four, but Meigs (0-2) closed the third period on an 8-0 run to go up 43-39 going into the final stanza.

Kytta picked up his fourth foul at the 7:15 mark in the fourth quarter and had to come out of the contest. His teammates needed to step up, and they did.

Elyjah Lieras-Kelley and Alex Kendall combined to score the game’s next five points to put Marietta up 44-43. Coulter Cleland, who led Meigs with 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists, made a layup with 4:05 remaining to put the Marauders back in front.

With 2:05 left, Meigs had the ball but Kendall came up with a steal and heaved a pass down the court to Lieras-Kelley, who put in the layup that put Marietta up for good.

In the final seconds, Meigs’ Brayden Stanley tried a deep 3 but was off the mark. Koast grabbed the rebound and was fouled. He made both free-throws to make it 48-45 and secure the victory for Marietta. The Tigers held the Marauders to just four fourth-quarter points.

Kytta had five rebounds and three steals to go along with his 19 points. Koast finished with 11 points, Lieras-Kelley added nine points, four rebounds and three assists, while Graham chipped in seven points. Kendall grabbed a team-high seven boards.

Harrison scored nine points for the Marauders, followed by seven from Ethan Stewart and six apiece from Morgan Roberts and Stanley.

Marietta is back in action Friday when it visits New Philadelphia to begin East Central Ohio League play.

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