Meadowbrook nearly perfect against Oak Glen
BYESVILLE — A chance to “threepeat” has been among the goals for the Meadowbrook Colts this season and, thanks to a dominating performance in the Class 4A semifinal game of the OVAC Wheeling Hospital Boys Basketball Tournament, they’ll get that opportunity on Saturday.
Meadowbrook turned in a near-flawless performance, taking charge midway through the first quarter and stampeding to an 83-47 conquest of visiting Oak Glen on Tuesday. Coach Lou “Scooter” Tolzda’s second-seeded Colts (15-5) will now face Steubenville for the title after fourth-seeded Big Red knocked off top-seed Harrison Central, 57-47, in the other 4A semifinal.
“One of our goals was to not only get back (to the finals), but to win it again,” Tolzda said. “We want to make it three in a row on Saturday, but we know it won’t be easy because Steubenville is so athletic.”
Oak Glen (14-5) stayed with Meadowbrook briefly, locked in an 8-8 stalemate four minutes into the game before the Colts galloped off with the final 12 points of the opening quarter to assume control at 20-8.
Senior Trey Singleton — among the premier players in the conference as well as the Eastern District — poured in nine points in the opening round and the MHS defense forced Oak Glen into seven first-period turnovers.
With Singleton lighting up the scoreboard for 10 more points in round two, Meadowbrook used a 22-9 surge to open a 42-17 halftime advantage. The Colts forced five more miscues by the Golden Bears while reaching the half with zero giveaways themselves.
More Singleton — this time an 11-point third quarter — fueled a 26-15 edge by the Colts which extended the margin to 68-32 resulted in both benches clearing for much of the final chapter.
Oak Glen coach Jerry Everly could do little more than tip his cap to the Colts for their runaway victory.
“The put a whoopin’ on us,” he said. “I don’t think we came ready to play and didn’t show our best tonight. They run their stuff well, and I’m sure they’ll go far.”
Singleton poured in 30 points in three quarters to once again lead the Colts. Junior Davis Black and senior Dalton Wood next in line with nine tallies each while senior Bobby Feyko had eight.
Black and Feyko collected nine and eight rebounds, respectively, to lead the Colts to a 39-30 edge on the boards. Senior Easton Black dished out a team-high four assists and Singleton notched three steals.
Meadowbrook hit 33-of-68 field goal attempts, 10-of-26 three-pointers and 7-of-13 from the free throw line while turning the ball over just four times — three in the fourth quarter.
“We got contributions from everybody and played well, so we’re excited by that,” Tolzda said.
Oak Glen had three players with eight points in Sean Smith, Jarett Getting and Ethan Travis.
The Bears were 19-of-50 from the floor, 4-of-12 on “treys” and 5-of-11 at the charity stripe. OG finished with 17 turnovers.
Despite the loss, Everly said making the OVAC field was a good experience for his team.
“It was the first time our school has been in the tournament,” he said. “It was exciting to play a big-tie program like Meadowbrook.”
Meadowbrook takes on Steubenville in the OVAC 4A championship at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at Ohio University Eastern.
Meadowbrook 83, Oak Glen 47
Oak Glen 8-9-15-15 — 47
Meadowbrook 20-22-26-15 — 83
OAK GLEN (15-5): Wyatt Wiley 1-2 0-0 2, Blake Perez 0-1 0-00, Sean Smith 3-6 1-2 8, Jarett Gettings 3-6 1-2 8, Chris Kokoski 2-8 1-2 6, Marcus Poling 1-5 0-1 2, Ethan Travis 4-8 0-2 8, Zach Taylor 2-5 0-0 5, Garrett Brewer 2-3 0-0 5, Alex Staub 1-4 2-2 4. TOTALS: 19-50, 5-11: 47.
MEADOWBROOK (14-5): Trey Singleton 12-18 3-4 30, Bobby Feyko 3-7 1-1 7, Davis Black 4-9 0-2 9, Easton Black 3-3 0-0 6, Peyton Neff 1-3 0-0 3, Johnathan McCall 3-5 0-2 7, Addy Black 2-4 0-0 4, Dylan Webster 0-1 2-2 2, Dalton Wood 3-8 0-0 9, Logan Fox 2-5 1-2 5, Zach Rusnak 0-1 0-0 0, Cage Black 0-1 0-0 0, Boston Black 0-0 0-0 0, Dunivan Bichard 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 33-68, 7-13: 47.
3-POINT GOALS: OGHS 4-12 (Smith, Kokoski, Gettings, Brewer); MHS 10-26 (Singleton 3, Wood 3, McCall 2, D. Black, Neff).