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'14-'15 Covington Buccs...


2014-15 SCHEDULE

Dec 6
Dec 12
Dec 13
Dec 16
Dec 19
Dec 22
Dec 29
Dec 30
Jan 3
Jan 9
Jan 13
Jan 16
Jan 17
Jan 24
Jan 27
Jan 30
Feb 6
Feb 7
Feb 10
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Feb 20
Feb 21
Feb 27

Milton Union
@ Versailles
Newton (No JV)
@ Arcanum
@ TV South
@ Piqua
Lehman @ Piqua
@ Marion Local
Tri-County North
National Trail
@ Miami East
New Bremen
@ Houston
@ Ansonia
@ Newton
Mississinawa Valley
@ Franklin Monroe
@ Anna
Piqua Sectionals

L 37-48
W 70-42
L 51-94
W 78-64
L 44-52
L 47-64
L 41-63
L 45-67
W 58-39
L 50-54
L 29-59
L 50-54
W 35-30
L 34-50
W 66-47
L 21-82
L 55-56
W 46-45
L 42-66





Covington 0-0 0-0
Tri-Village 0-0 0-0
Franklin Monroe 0-0 0-0
Bethel 0-0 0-0
Arcanum 0-0 0-0
Miami East 0-0 0-0
Twin Valley South 0-0 0-0
Mississinawa Valley 0-0 0-0
Tri-County North 0-0 0-0
Newton 0-0 0-0
National Trail 0-0 0-0
Bradford 0-0 0-0
Ansonia 0-0 0-0

By Rob Kiser - Piqua Daily Call
COVINGTON -- You might think Covington boys basketball coach Matt Pond would like to get his full team together as soon as possible.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Despite coaching at two programs (Covington, Tippecanoe) that traditionally are still playing football when basketball practice starts, Pond has had no problem putting winning teams together on the hardwood.

"To be honest, we got them earlier than we wanted this year (because Covington lost in the first round of the playoffs)," Pond said. "We would have liked to have waited a little longer."

Covington is coming off an untypical 7-15 season, but returns quite a bit of experience from that team.

Six-foot senior guard Austin Lefeld averaged eight points a game last year, while 6-2 junior Jordan Maschino averaged five after moving up from JV.

Also gaining valuable experience last year were 6-5 senior Robert Gengler, 5-11 senior Josh Earick and 5-10 sophomore Nathan Blei, who took over the point guard duties late in the year and is coming off a season as the football quarterback.

"Robert (Gengler) is on the shelf right now," Pond said. "The sooner we can get him back the better -- but I would rather have him later in the season than early in the season if you know what I mean."

Other players in the mix are 5-10 senior Colin Gipe, 5-10 junior Josh Grilliot and 6-3 sophomore Tristin Sowers.

"There are three or four other players that are going to split time (between JV and varsity)," Pond said. "Right now, everyone is in the mix. There are also some sophomores we are going to look at it."

Pond says the Buccs are continuing the momentum he saw late in the season last year.

"It doesn't always show in the record, but I thought we improved quite a bit last year and were playing well at the end of the season," Pond said. "After the grace period, when we started lifting -- and through everything we have done in the spring summer and fall, we had the same group of core guys there. You could see the leadership."

Pond likes to have players on the floor who can score and he expects this year to be no different.

"We always want to share the basketball and that is something we are going to do," Pond said. "I feel like we have a lot of interchangeable parts. There are times we can go with a big lineup and other times we can use a small lineup. It really will depend on who we are playing and what we want to do."

Covington won't hesitate to take the easy basket.

"I think we are pretty athletic," Pond said. "So, we are always going to look to score in transition. But, we also know there are times we are going to have to  run a half-court offense and be able to do that."

On defense, Pond has always preferred a man defense.

"We are going to do that as much as possible," he said. "In the past we have used a press, half-court and zone. You will still see some of all of that."

Pond expects the conference to be a challenge as usual.

"I think it as strong as ever," he said. "I think Tri-Village has a great group of kids and Miami East is another great group of kids. Franklin Monroe will be strong. But, you also have some young talent. Bethel graduated a good group, but they have a strong group of young players. So, it is going to be a challenge for us."

The Buccs will again play in the Buckeye Insurance Group Holiday Classic.

"It is a great tournament for us with the teams we face," Pond said. "You have Russia, Lehman and Piqua -- who are all good teams. It is kind of a break in the middle of the season and a nice tournament to have."

It is just part of a rugged non-conference slate for the Buccs.

"I think we play one of the toughest schedules around," Pond said. "You look at MAC schools like Versailles and Marion Local. You throw in Milton-Union and Shelby County schools like Anna and Houston, we definitely can't ever take a night off."

Something Pond hopes pays dividends in the postseason.

"Especially with different mix of teams we see during the season," Pond said. "That is what you hope for (it prepares the team for the tournament)."

He just would have like to wait a little longer to get started.


BUCCANEER SENIOR BASKETBALL PLAYERS: #42 Colin Gipe, #32 Robert Gengler, #23 Josh Earick, #12 Austin Lefeld.

2014-15 COVINGTON BUCCANEERS - Kneeling (L-R): Austin Lefeld, Robert Gengler, Josh Earick, Colin Gipe. Standing (L-R): Coach Rob Cron, Head Coach Matt Pond, Jayce Pond, Nathan Blei, Trevor Miller, Tristin Sowers, Jordan Maschino, Kenny Atkinson, James Grilliot, Coach Steve Dunn, Coach Dean Maxson.

2014-15 RESERVE BASKETBALL: Kneeling: Coach Rob Cron. Standing (L-R): Casey Waag, Jayce Pond, Adam Lefeld, Zack Parrett, Kenny Atkinson, Trevor Miller, Zane Barnes, James Grilliot, Kodie Taylor, Matthew Kuether.

2014-15 COVINGTON BUCCANEERS FRESHMAN TEAM: Kneeling: Coach Dean Maxson. Standing (L-R): Hunter Brumbaugh, Nick Risner, Jett Murphy, Bradley Wiggins, Cade Harshbarger, Ryan Gengler, Josh Combs, Mason Dilley, Nathan Lyle, Braden Miller, Bryan Miller, Christian Warden, Caleb Brooks, Micah Meyer.