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PEAKING AT RIGHT TIME?
Zach Parrett and the Covington Buccaneers played arguably their best four quarters of basketball this season in a convincing 57-36 win over Ansonia on Friday.

Trevor Miller knocks down a first half trey.
2016-17 BASKETBALL LINKS

2016-17 SCHEDULE

12/9/16
12/10/16
12/13/16
12/16/16
12/20/16
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12/29/16
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1/3/17
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1/17/17
1/20/17
1/27/17
2/3/17
2/4/17
2/7/17
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2/14/17
2/17/17
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@ Franklin Monroe
@ Versailles
Newton
Bradford
@ Arcanum
@ Twin Valley South
Lehman @ Piqua
Russia @ Piqua
Milton-Union
Tri-County North
National Trail
@ Miami East
@ Houston
@ Fairlawn
Bethel
@ Ansonia
Coldwater
Tri-Village
@ Newton
New Bremen
Mississinawa Valley
@ Anna
Ansonia (T)
Jackson Center (T)

L 47-54
L 42-70
W 62-45
W 70-59
W 43-41
W 45-43
W 58-48
L 38-52
L 33-36
WIN
L 60-61
W 43-33
W 47-37
L 52-81
L 53-60
W 57-38
L 55-67
L 38-64
W 65-49
W 51-41
L 54-57
L 42-74
W 48-40
L 41-49

2016-17 CCC STANDINGS

Team

CCC

ALL

Bethel 12-0 19-3
Franklin Monroe 10-2 16-6
Tri-Village 9-3 15-7
Covington 7-5 11-11
Twin Valley South 7-5 9-13
Ansonia 6-6 12-10
National Trail 6-6 10-12
Miami East 5-7 11-11
Arcanum 5-7 9-13
Mississinawa Valley 4-8 8-14
Tri-County North 3-9 4-18
Newton 2-10 6-16
Bradford 2-10 2-20

FEBRUARY 3, 2017 - ANSONIA
If Friday's convincing 57-38 win over Ansonia is any indication, the Covington Buccaneers appear to be playing their best basketball at the right time - with six games left before the state tournament begins.

Albeit in a 60-53 defeat last Friday, the Buccaneers showcased immense potential against Bethel and built on that performance with their most impressive outing of the season tonight at Ansonia. What made it special was the fact that Covington overcame an early deficit by executing in every aspect of the game - clutch shooting, rebounding, defense and taking care of the basketball - all leading to a nineteen-point win.

"Only giving up thirty-eight - we'll take that any day," said Covington coach Matt Pond. "That's a tribute to our kids playing hard and playing together."

Ansonia jumped out to an early 10-4 lead before Covington got hot to tie the score at 13-13 with just under thirty seconds left on the opening frame.

The Tigers responded with a trey at the buzzer and opened up the second quarter with another trey to reclaim a 19-13 lead to force a Buccaneer timeout.

But that would be the final hurrah for the home team as Covington went on a 12-0 run capped by a traditional three-point play by Zach Parrett - who collected a pretty pass from Trevor Miller inside the paint to finish at the rim while being fouled. The junior connected on the freebee at the line and Covington held a 25-19 lead with 3:32 left in the half.

"They hit some big threes early and we switch to a match-up, two-three (zone)," Pond explained. "That got us closer to the corner."

Ansonia ended the run with a free throw of its own and then followed with a trey, but Nathan Blei reclaimed the momentum for Covington by slicing in for a layup and hitting two free throws to give the Buccs a 29-23 lead at the break.

The six-point lead was significant for Covington due to the fact that Ansonia was focused on shutting down the Buccs' two leading scorers, Nathan Blei and Trevor Miller.

But the Tigers forgot about senior post player Kenny Atkinson, who dropped eight of his ten points on Ansonia in the first half.

"Kenny played an all-around solid game," praised Pond. "I thought our bigs in particular set the tone, rebounding hitting the glass. It opened some things up for us later in the game."

Atkinson then got Covington rolling to start the second half with a jumper and then back-to-back treys by Jett Murphy and Trevor Miller followed. Blei then converted on a stick back to force Ansonia to take a timeout with 3:24 left in the third as Covington enjoyed a comfortable 39-23 lead.

The Tigers scored their first points of the second half on a short jumper with 2:36 remaining in the third, but Trevor Miller matched the effort with a jumper of his own.

Desperate to try an get something going against Covington's smothering defense, Ansonia was relegated to shooting from long range throughout the remainder of the contest.

"We were worried about their transition game," explained Pond. "Watching them on film they like to get out in transition. I think we only gave up four points in transition and that was in the first quarter. We didn't give up anything easy."

Ayden Sanders did connect on three of his four treys in the second half, but Covington had too many players make plays down the stretch for the Tigers to get back into the game.

Tristin Sowers hit on a jumper and Jett Murphy connected on a big tree-pointer at the buzzer to close out the third quarter for a 47-32 Buccaneer lead.

"We moved the ball well," said Pond. "Kids were moving without the ball and we were hitting them on some back-door cuts."

Covington opened up the floor to start the fourth and it resulted into a three-pointer by Jayce Pond and a layup by Jett Murphy while the Buccs took significant time off the clock on each possession.

Finally, leading 55-36 with 1:25 left in the game, Coach Pond called off the dogs and emptied his bench as Covington cruised to the 19-point win.

Offensively, Covington received a balanced scoring effort across the board as eight players scored on the night.

Trevor Miller led the Buccs with 11, while Kenny Atkinson had 10, Jett Murphy nine, Jayce Pond eight and Nathan Blei seven.

The win boosts Covington's record to 9-7 overall and 6-3 in the CCC with a home non-conference contest coming tomorrow against Coldwater.

Which will be another indication of whether on not the Buccs are peaking at the right time.


The "Scoobinator" tries to steal Coach Pond's seat on the bench at halftimne of the junior varsity game.


SCORE BY QUARTERS:
COVINGTON - 13 - 29 - 47 - 57
ANSONIA - 16 - 23 - 32 - 38

COVINGTON SCORING:
Jett Murphy - 9
Jayce Pond - 8
Bradley Wiggins - 2
Zach Parrett - 6
Trevor Miller - 11
Nathan Blei - 7
Kenny Atkinson - 10
Tristin Sowers - 4

ANSONIA SCORING:
A. Sanders - 13
D. Sink - 9
B. Swabb - 3
K. Kimmel - 2
H. Muir - 9
T. Alexander - 2

THREE-POINT SCORING:
Covington - Jett Murphy (2), Jayce Pond (2), Zach Parrett (1), Trevor Miller (1)
Ansonia - A. Sanders (4), D. Sink (2), B. Swabb (1)


Kenny Atkinson came up big for the Buccs with eight first half points and ten for the game.


Nathan Blei soars to the rim in the second half.