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GREAT EFFORT IN LOSS...
Tristin Sowers and the Covington Buccaneers put forth a great effort - only to come up short against a talented Bethel team by the score of 60-53.

Trevor Miller goes up for two of his eight points before fouling out in the fourth quarter.
2016-17 BASKETBALL LINKS

2016-17 SCHEDULE

12/9/16
12/10/16
12/13/16
12/16/16
12/20/16
12/23/16
12/29/16
12/30/16
1/3/17
1/6/17
1/10/17
1/13/17
1/17/17
1/20/17
1/27/17
2/3/17
2/4/17
2/7/17
2/10/17
2/14/17
2/17/17
2/18/17
2/24/17
2/28/17

@ 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

JANUARY 27, 2017 - COVINGTON
The Covington Buccaneers had just cut an eleven-point lead to 55-53 with just under three minutes left on the clock against a very talented Bethel team on Friday - and Buccaneer coach Matt Pond had visions of a huge win for his basketball team.

That's because Bethel implemented a strategy that worked right into the hands of Covington - playing stall ball by holding the ball near mid-coart to let the clock tick away.

One minute ticked off - then nearly two before Covington decided to move out and pressure the ball.

"Our strategy at that point was to minimize their possessions and hopefully foul number one (Tyler Terry)," Pond explained. "We knew it worked to our advantage to limit the possessions. We felt it worked in our favor by them stalling."

Once Covington pressured the ball it went to the one player the Buccaneers wanted to foul, but unfortunately the Buccs couldn't get there in time to foul and send him to the free throw line.

Instead, the ball quickly went back out to Caleb South and the Buccaneers were forced to foul Bethel's best shooter.

And South nailed both free throws to push the margin to 57-53 and then forced a quick turnover on the ensuing possession to seal the deal as Covington was forced to foul him again for two more free throws.

"He's the real deal," praised Pond of South, who had a game-high 27 points - 14 coming from 14 free throw attempts.

The fact that Covington was in position to win the game in the final minutes was due to an outstanding team effort across the board considering its two leading scorers Nathan Blei and Trevor Miller were limited to 12 combined points - eight by Miller and four by Blei.

"They were obviously focused on Nathan and Trevor, but we had other kids step up and hit big shots tonight," Pond said. "Tristin (Sowers) and Zach (Parrett) came off the bench and played very well tonight."

Trevor Miller scored all eight of his points in the first half before being forced out of the game in foul trouble. He eventually fouled out with seven minutes left in the game and Jayce Pond fouled out shortly thereafter.

"We got into some foul trouble and that had a big impact on the game," Pond said. "But I'm proud of the way our kids fought tonight through the circumstances."

And it was Jett Murphy, Zach Parrett, Tristin Sowers and Kenny Atkinson who picked up the slack for Covington.

Murphy led the Buccs with 11 points, while Parrett had 10, Atkinson and eight and Sowers scored seven.

"Barrett, Sowers and Atkinson all played well for us tonight," praised Pond. "That's the type of performance we need from them every night. If we can get that, we'll be fine."

And Murphy had a great night despite a very tough opponent in Caleb South, the one Bethel player who was primarily guarding him throughout the contest.

"Jett has really played well for us this year," said Pond. "He had a tough task tonight, but he made some big plays for us at the offensive end."

Covington trailed 33-28 at the break and Bethel pushed the advantage to 51-41 after three quarters of play.

But two clutch treys by Murphy got the Buccaneers rolling in the fourth followed by a runner by Zach Parrett that cut the deficit to two points.

Unfortunately the Buccaneers couldn't get the one break they needed in the final three minutes to get over the hump.

Still, it was an effort Pond feels will lead to bigger and better things down the line.

"We play hard all of the time," he said. "If we can bring that intensity and effort every time from here of out, we'll win these type of games. The kids gave a great effort tonight and we came up just short, but we can build on this."

Covington, now 8-7 on the season, looks to get back on track next Friday at Ansonia.


Zach Parrett came off the bench to give the Buccaneers a boost with ten points.


SCORE BY QUARTERS:
Bethel - 20 - 33 - 51 - 60
Covington - 13 - 28 - 41 - 53

BETHEL SCORING:
Terry - 6
South - 27
James - 3
Evans - 3
Nickels - 8
Rinkes - 1
Rose - 10
Anderson - 2

COVINGTON SCORING:
Jett Murphy - 11
Jayce Pond - 5
Zach Parrett - 10
Trevor Miller - 8
Nathan Blei - 4
Kenny Atkinson - 8
Tristin Sowers - 7

THREE-POINT SCORING:
Bethel: Nickel (2), Rose (2), Evans (1), James (1), South (1)
Covington: Murphy (3)


Nathan Blei drives to the basket in the first half.


Jayce Pond finds and opening for a bucket in the first half.