JANUARY 14, 2014 - COVINGTON
Coming off of six straight defeats, the Covington Buccaneers needed a win to validate the effort the kids have been giving all season long.
That much-needed victory came on Tuesday night as the Buccaneers captured a hard-fought 66-51 win over Ansonia in front of the hometown fans.
"Every win is a good one and we're not giving it back," said Covington coach Matt Pond. "It was good to see our kids rewarded for their hard work because they have worked hard. With the adversity we've faced, this is a good one."
Covington jumped out to a 17-13 after one quarter of play and then followed by outscoring Ansonia 17-6 in the second quarter for a 34-19 lead at the break.
But a very cold shooting third quarter followed for the Buccs and Ansonia was able to cut the defect to 43-31 with one quarter to play and then closed the gap to 46-38 early in the fourth quarter.
In the process, with the action becoming very heated on the floor, Covington missed five straight front end of one-and-ones.
"They got on a run there and we didn't help ourselves at the free throw line," Pond explained. "We need to shoot much better at the line for God's sake."
In all, Covington made just 12 of 26 free throw attempts, many misses coming in the fourth quarter.
Fortunately, the Buccs were able to gather several offensive rebounds and stick-backs to help their cause - 17 offensive boards in all that resulted in 18 more field goal attempts than Ansonia.
"We did a good job on the glass tonight," said Pond. "And believe me, we've been working on that a lot in practice."
Covington's ability to control the glass led to some huge shots down the stretch to put the game away.
Plus, the Buccaneer defensive pressure resulted into 21 Ansonia turnovers, which was critical as well.
"We got after it defensively," Pond said. "These kids always play hard and tonight everyone was able to contribute to the win. That makes it even sweeter."
Austin Lefeld had a career best game for himself in leading the way with a game-high 18 points. The junior also played stellar at the defensive end of the floor and controlled the tempo of the game at the point.
"Lefeld shot the ball with confidence tonight and that's what we need from him," Pond said. "He played an all-around good game for us."
As did senior Tyler Henry, who came off the bench to score 13 points.
"Henry had one of his better games too," Pond said. "He came off the bench and played very well."
Senior Andre Benedict scored 16 points after having difficulty finding his range early on.
"Drey (Andre Benedict) hit some big shots in the second half," said Pond. "He's the type of kid that can get hot at any time."
Covington was 25 of 59 from the floor for 42% and 4 of 16 from behind the arc for 25%, while Ansonia made 16 of 41 from the floor for 39% and 5 of 16 from the three-point line for 31%.
It all led to a huge win for Covington as it improves to 3-10 overall a 3-4 in the CCC.
"Now we need to string together some consistency because we have a big weekend ahead of us," closed Pond.
Which consists of a huge CCC showdown at Tri-Village on Saturday and a home game against Houston on Saturday.
SCORE BY QUARTERS:
Ansonia - 13 .. 6 .. 12 .. 20 - 51
Covington - 17 .. 17 .. 9 .. 23 - 66
Austin Lefeld - 18
Andre Benedict - 16
Tyler Henry - 13
Ty Boehringer - 6
Drew Schaurer - 5
Ethan Meyer - 3
Robert Gengler - 2
Tyler Clark - 2
Jordan Maschino - 1
Nick Peters - 14
Dalton Subler - 13
Wyatt Gasper - 8
Dustin Berger - 7
Austin Alexander - 6
Dane Wenworth - 3
Ansonia: Peters (2), Gasper (2), Wenworth (1)
Covington: Lefeld (2), Benedict (1), Meyer (1)