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A TOUGH TASK...
Austin Angle and the Covington Buccaneers had their moments, but couldn't keep pace with a red hot Versailles team in the season opener.

Head Coach Matt Pond and the Buccaneers embraced the challenge of opening the season against a quality team like Versailles.
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DECEMBER 8, 2012 - VERSAILLES
For a basketball team playing its first game with a new head coach, you'd think the ideal situation would be to open up the season against any team other than the Versailles Tigers - especially considering Versailles has already had three games under its belt and has several kids who can knock down shots well beyond 30 feet with consistency.

But first year Covington coach Matt Pond, he doesn't see it that way. Instead, he embraces the challenge of playing a quality team like Versailles right out of the shoot.

"Why not play the best?," questioned Pond, who coached previously at Tipp City before taking over for long-time Buccaneer coach Roger Craft. "This was a great game for us to open our season against a team like Versailles. They are one of the best teams we'll see all year, so its good to see them right out of the shoot."

And what Covington saw was a team that has plenty of shooters - shooters that can light up the scoreboard from long range.

"They are legit," Pond continued. "We saw that when we scouted them. They are big, athletic and very well coached. This was a great game for us."

That's because the Buccaneers found out a little bit about themselves in regards to character and effort under adverse circumstances. It was a tough night at both ends of the floor for Covington in a 60-32 loss, but hopes are still very high due to how the kids handled themselves.

"It's not an excuse, but the kids are in a sense still in football mode," Pond explained. "We've only had a couple of weeks of practice and one scrimmage against our alumni, so we haven't really had the time to gel yet. Still, the kids played hard from start to finish and I'm proud of the effort. I'm also proud of how well they kept their composure. In games like this, where they are knocking down shots from all over the floor, it can be easy to lose your composure and our kids didn't."

And Versailles knocked down a lot of long range bombs, canning nine treys in the contest.

Four of those came from sophomore Kyle Ahrens, who tallied a game-high 21 points for the Tigers.

"Ahrens is a super player," praised Pond. "They have several kids who can shoot from well behind the three point line and that extends your defense."

Covington opened the scoring with a layup by Dylan Owens and it took a while for Versailles to find it range from the floor, but once it did the Buccaneers had a difficult time keeping up.

Versailles led 8-4 after one and then broke the game open over the next two frames to push the lead to 47-22.

"We had a stretch there in the third quarter where we rushed some shots and they had a run on us," Pond said.

Covington continued to battle in the final frame, only being outscored 13-10, but by then the outcome wasn't in doubt.

And that's because of the Tigers' prowess of canning the three.

"That was the difference," Pond said in regards to three-point shooting. "They scored twenty-seven on threes and we scored six. That's your ball game right there."

A ball game that was relatively clean considering both teams only combined for 28 free throw attempts and 13 turnovers.

"We only had eight turnovers, which is pretty good, but they are the type of team that you can have no turnovers against and still get beat by 15 when they shoot the ball like they did tonight," said Pond.

And like Pond said earlier, "They are legit".

SCORING BY QUARTERS:
Covington ......... 4 - 16 - 22 - 32
Versailles .......... 8 - 29 - 47 - 60

Covington Scoring:
Dylan Owens - 11
Austin Angle - 10
Ryan Craft - 7
Cole Owens - 4

Versailles Scoring:
Ahrens - 21
Winner - 14
Richard - 14
Philipot - 7
Heitkamp - 4

Three-Point Scoring:
Covington: D. Owens (2)
Versailles: Ahrens (4), Richard (2), Winner (2)


Cole Owens gos up for two points against Versailles.