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Andre Benedict and the Covington Buccaneers dropped both games at the Holiday Tournament at Piqua over the weekend.


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Tri-Village 12-0 22-0
Covington 10-2 14-8
Franklin Monroe 10-2 13-9
Bethel 9-3 15-5
Arcanum 8-4 11-11
Miami East 7-5 13-9
Twin Valley South 5-7 11-11
Mississinawa Valley 4-8 6-16
Tri-County North 4-8 6-16
Newton 3-9 4-18
National Trail 3-9 3-19
Bradford 2-10 4-18
Ansonia 1-11 3-19

Rob Kiser - Piqua Daily Call

For different reasons, Piqua coach Heath Butler and Covington coach Matt Pond could feel pretty good about their team's performances after the Indians defeated the Buccs 55-42 in the boys consolation game of the Buckeye Insurance Group Holiday Classic.

The Indians were coming off a 53-49 loss to eventual champion Russia on Friday, when a four-point lead had gotten away late.

So, Butler knew Saturday would be a tough game for his team.

"After the hangover Friday," Butler said. "But, I thought we showed a lot of mental toughness and battled today. And when you play these County schools, you are always going to get their best. You have to give Covington credit. They battled the whole game."

In fact, Covington got as close as six in the fourth quarter — a dramatic turnaround from Friday when they fell behind 21-3 to Lehman in the first quarter and never recovered.

"After a game like that (Friday), you don't know," Pond said. "This game could have gone one of two ways — it could have turned out the way it did or it could have gone really sideways. You are never happy with a loss. It was everything but (a win). I couldn't be prouder of the kids."

Covington came out in a 1-2-2 zone to slow the quicker, more athletic Indians and it was effective in doing that.

"They were able to slow us down with the zone," Butler said. "But, we were able to maintain that 8-10 point lead throughout. We never let them make a big run."

Piqua hit five threes in the opening half — opening leads of 16-8 and 28-18, before Covington cut the deficit to 38-32 after three quarters.

"We had to slow them down with the zone," Pond said. "No question, they are very athletic. Heath Butler is doing a great job with the program and you can see he has it headed in the right direction. The only problem with the zone, is they are very good shooting from the perimeter.

"The (Conner) Forror kid hit two threes in the first quarter — he hadn't shot them well the night before. (Xavier) Harrison only hit one, but it was in the first quarter when they went up 16-8 and (Storm) Cook hit two in the second quarter. I know we have talked about how young we ware, but we are still learning."

Colton Bachman, who was named to the all-tournament team, led Piqua with 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Cook added 14 points.

Tyler Henry paced Covington with 13 points and Andre Benedict, also named to the all-tournament team, scored nine.

Piqua was 20 of 41 from the floor for 49 percent and seven of 10 from the line for 70 percent.
Covington was 16 of 37 from the floor for 43 percent and six of 12 from the line for 50 percent.
The Indians won the battle of the boards 23-14 and had 13 turnovers to Covington's 15.

Covington (42)
Ethan Meyer 0-0-0, Andre Benedict 3-2-9, Austin Lefeld 2-2-7, Josh Earick 1-0-3, Tyler Henry 6-1-13, Robert Gengler 1-0-2, Tyler Clark 1-1-4, Nathan Blei 1-0-2, Ty Boehringer 1-0-2. Totals: 16-6-42.

Piqua (55)
Tate Honeycutt 0-0-0, Xavier Harrison 1-0-3, Erik Vondenhuevel 2-1-5, Colton Bachman 7-5-21, Dan Monnin 0-0-0, Storm Cook 5-1-14, Conner Forror 2-0-6, Derrick Gullett 3-0-6, Ryan Neal 0-0-0. Totals: 20-7-55.

3-point field goals — Covington: Benedict, Lefeld, Earick, Clark. Piqua: Harrison, Bachman (2), Cook (3), Forror (2).

Score By Quarters
Covington 8 18 32 42
Piqua 16 28 38 55

Records: Piqua 5-2, Covington 2-6.

Rob Kiser - Piqua Daily Call

Lehman boys basketball coach John Tollefson couldn't have drawn it up any better.

Covington coach Matt Pond's worst fears were realized.

The net result was a 55-24 Cavalier victory over the Buccs in the opening round of the B.I.G. Classic Holiday tournament.

Covington will play in the consolation game at 5:30 p.m. tonight, with Lehman playing in the championship game at 8:30 p.m.

The Cavaliers defense pressure led to easy baskets from the start and the Buccs were never able to get untracked.

"One of the things we have focused on is defense," Tollefson said. "We have gotten a late start because of the football playoffs and a senior retreat, but we have worked really hard on our defense and it paid off tonight."

Lehman jumped out to a 21-3 first quarter lead and stretched it to 28-6 at halftime.

"Our two big concerns coming into the game were rebounding and transition," Pond said. "And they were able to get their transition game going quickly. We didn't handle their defensive pressure very well."

And when Covington did get some offensive opportunities in the early going, they couldn't convert.

"We had a coupled good looks and we rimmed them," Pond said. "Unofficially, 38 of Lehman's 43 shots came from the paint tonight. When you give up that many shots in transition, you are not going to beat anybody."

James Rego scored nine points in the first half for the Cavaliers, while Jackson Frantz and Nathan Hall each scored seven.

"The great thing about tonight was we were still increasing the lead when we had our nine and 10 kids in there," Tollefson said.

And while Lehman opened the lead to 43-14 after three quarters, Pond found some positives.

"You know, the good thing is the kids never quit," Pond said. "I know that because we took two charges in the last couple minutes. It was a tough game, but the good things is we get to come back and play again tomorrow."

In a balanced attack that saw 11 players score, Frantz was the game's lone double figure scorer with 12 points and Rego added nine.

"The kids were excited after the game and I told them that was great," Tollefson said. "But, I told them they need to be ready to play tomorrow (tonight)."

Ethan Meyer led Covington with nine and Andre Benedict added seven.

"We had 24 turnovers," Pond said. "When your turnovers match your point total, that is never a good stat."

Covington (24)
Ethan Meyer 3-2-9, Tyler Clark 0-2-2, Andre Benedict 2-2-7, Tyler Henry 1-0-2, Robert Gangler 0-0-0, Austin Lefeld 0-0-0, Nathan Blei 0-0-0, Josh Earick 2-0-4, Ty Boehringer 0-0-0, Drew Schaurer 0-0-0, Riley Vanhise 0-0-0. Totals: 8-6-24.

Lehman (55)
Thomas Covault 1-0-2, James Rego 4-1-9, Nathan Hall 3-1-7, Josh Smith 2-2-7, Jackson Frantz 4-4-12, Drew Westerheide 3-0-7, John Husa 0-0-0, Greg Spearman 0-2-2, Austin Arnold 0-0-0, Nick Rourke 2-2-6, Kris Lee 0-1-1, AJ Hemmelgarn 0-0-0, Clay Selsor 1-0-2, Stephen Monnin 1-0-2. Totals: 21-12-55.

3-point field goals — Covington: Meyer, Benedict. Lehman: Smith.

Score By Quarters
Covington 3 6 14 24
Lehman 21 28 43 55

Reserve score: Lehman 60, Covington 46.