ATHENS – Meadowbrook’s improbable run at a Division II State Tournament championship continued on Thursday evening as the Colts advanced to the “Elite 8” by posting a hard-fought 61-54 victory over the Maysville Panthers in the D-II Regional semifinals at the Ohio University Convocation Center.
Meadowbrook (15-9) started strong for the third consecutive tourney game by jumping out to a quick 4-0 lead, only to watch Maysville (17-7) use a 7-1 run to take a 7-5 lead midway through the first quarter.
The Colts managed to regain the lead by two points, but watched the Panthers grab an 18-13 edge by quarter’s end.
In the district final against Carrollton, the Colts used a big second quarter showing that proved to be decisive and, once again, Meadowbrook found the second frame to its liking.
Meadowbrook received solid play from sophomore forward Ethan Shriver in the second, which helped the Colts turn in a 17-9 edge in the quarter. Sophomore Logan Pepper followed sophomore Jeramie Neff’s lead (he hit a trifecta before the halftime horn against Carrollton) and splashed a three of his own to give the Colts a 30-27 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, it was senior Brock Miracle who put the Colts on his back. He hit a pair of jumpers and drained a three during a MHS spurt that helped the Colts take 45-37 lead into the last quarter, thanks to a 15-10 showing in the third.
Maysville managed to keep things close in the fourth and had the lead down to five on two occasions, but the Colts made good at the charity stripe to secure the win and seal a spot in Saturday’s regional final against Chillicothe, which routed Vinton County in the night’s first game.
Senior Philip Biggs led the Colts with 22 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and three blocks. Miracle finished with 12 points; Shriver tallied 11 points and a pair of blocks; and Neff recorded eight points, including two first-half three-point field goals. Alex Robertson, Logan Pepper and Nick Hudson had four, three and one point, respectively. Hudson led the team with a game-high eight assists.
For Maysville, Eastin Lewellen and Max Huddleston each finished with 18 points. Jared Cox added 14 points while Alex Sidwell had four points and seven boards. Lewellen also had five points and three assists. Cox had four assists.
The Colts, which are from the East Central Ohio League, shot 22-of-36 (61.1 percent) from the field and 13-of-19 (68.4) percent from the line. MHS was 4-of-10 (40.0) from beyond the arc. The victors finished with 26 rebounds (four offensive), 15 assists, five blocks, two steals and nine turnovers.
Maysville was 22-of-60 (36.7) from the floor and 5-of-7 (71.4) at the charity stripe. The Panthers shot 5-of-21 (23.8) from downtown. The Muskingum Valley League representatives had 34 rebounds (18 offensive), eight assists, five steals, one block and five miscues.
NEXT–Meadowbrook and Chillicothe will square off at 5 p.m. on Saturday at the Convocation Center for a spot in the Final Four.
Division II Regional Semifinals
Convocation Center, Athens
Meadowbrook Colts (15-9)
Nick Hudson 0-0 1-3 1, Jeramie Neff 2-6 2-2 8, Philip Biggs 7-11 8-8 22, Brock Miracle 5-6 1-2 12, Ethan Shriver 5-6 1-4 11, Logan Pepper 1-2 0-0 1, Alex Robertson 2-5 0-0 4. Totals 22-36 13-19 61.
Maysville Panthers (17-7)
Eastin Lewellen 6-24 3-3 18, Jared Cox 6-12 0-0 14, Max Huddleston 9-14 0-0 18, Aaron Miller 0-0 0-0 0, Alex Sidwell 1-2 2-2 4, Corey Denman 0-6 0-2 0, Tyler Calihan 0-0 0-0 0, Kody Fulkerson 0-2 0-0 0, Kris Hayes 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-60 5-7 54.
Meadowbrook 13 17 15 16 – 61
Maysville 8 9 10 17 – 54
Three-point goals–Meadowbrook 4-10 (Neff 2, Miracle, Pepper); Maysville 5-21 (Lewellen 3, Cox 2). Rebounds–Meadowbrook 26 (Biggs 13, Hudson 5); Maysville 34 (Sidwell 7, Lewellen 5, Huddleston 4). Assists–Meadowbrook 15 (Hudson 8, Biggs 5); Maysville 8 (Cox 4, Lewellen 3). Steals–Meadowbrook 2 (Biggs, Pepper); Maysville 5 (Denman 4, Cox). Blocked Shots–Meadowbrook 5 (Biggs 3, Shriver 2); Maysville 1 (Huddleston). Fouls–Meadowbrook 9; Maysville 17. Fouled Out–none. Turnovers–Meadowbrook 9; Maysville 5.