JANUARY 11, 2014 - NEW BREMEN
The statistics tell the story in Covington's 73-50 loss at New Bremen on Saturday as the Buccaneers couldn't overcome the size advantage the Cards possessed on the floor.
"We had a rough time with their size," said Covington coach Matt Pond. "We didn't box out very well at times and they really hurt us on the boards."
New Bremen out rebounded Covington 38-27 in the contest and pulled down 11 offensive boards to just six for the Buccs.
And many times Covington fouled New Bremen after offensive rebounds, which gave the Cardinals opportunities to score points at the free throw line with the clock stopped.
In all, New Bremen made 18 of 22 free throws for 82%.
"The Homan kid for them had ten points and four offensive rebounds in the first half," Pond explained. "He's 6'6" and a load in there. Plus, the Manger kid had ten of his twelve points in the first half. They imposed their size and will on us early."
Still, Covington was able to keep the game manageable as it trailed 17-12 after one and 35-22 at the break.
"Unlike last night, we got out to a nice start," said Pond. "We trailed by two late in the first quarter and they hit a big shot at the end of the quarter to go up by five. They got hot in the second quarter, but we were still able to hang around."
But Covington couldn't hit the shots it needed to stay in the game in the third quarter as New Bremen pushed the margin to 52-28 by the end of the frame.
"We had five or six great looks, but couldn't knock them down," explained Pond. "Our kids had great shot selection, so you can't be disappointed in that. It would have been nice to see some of them go in instead of bouncing out the way they did."
Instead, Covington found itself in a huge uphill climb it couldn't concur as New Bremen cruised to the 73-50 win.
"The kids are getting after it and eventually we'll break through," said Pond. "We have to put this one behind us and continue to play hard on Tuesday against Ansonia.
Covington was 17 of 46 from the floor for 37%, 7 of 19 from behind the arc for 37% and 9 of 15 from the free throw line for 60%.
New Bremen shot 45% from the floor (25-55), 29% from behind the arc (5-13) and 82% from the line (18-22).
The Buccaneers also hurt themselves with turnovers as they committed 16 to just 10 for the Cardinals.
The Buccs drop to 2-10 on the season and host Ansonia on Tuesday.
SCORE BY QUARTERS:
Covington - 12 .. 22 .. 28 .. 50
New Bremen - 17 .. 35 .. 52 .. 73
Ty Boehringer - 12
Austin Lefeld - 9
Andre Benedict - 5
Tyler Henry - 5
Josh Earick - 5
Tyler Clark - 3
Drew Schaurer - 3
Ethan Meyer - 3
Seth Clark - 2
Sam Sherman - 2
Nathan Blei - 1
NEW BREMEN SCORING:
Herriot - 22
Homan - 15
Fox - 12
Manger - 12
Hoehne - 5
Goettemiller - 2
Schweiterman - 2
Elshoff - 2
Hegemier - 1
Covington: Boehringer (2), Benedict, Clark, Meyer, Earick, Schaurer
New Bremen: Herriot (4), Manger