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A ROUGH START...
Uncontested shots were hard to come by, which Tristin Sowers and the Covington Buccaneers found out in the season opener at Franklin Monroe where the Buccs suffered a 54-47 defeat.

Nathan Blei looks for an open teammate to pass the ball too.
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

DECEMBER 9, 2016 - PITSBURG
Clank. It's the most frustrating sound in basketball - the sound of the ball bouncing off of the rim.

It's the sound the Covington Buccaneers heard way too often in a 54-47 season-opening loss to Franklin Monroe on Friday as it shot 38% from the floor (16-42) and just 35% from behind the arc (8-23).

Meanwhile, Franklin Monroe converted on 54% of its shots (15-28) and 56% from behind the three-point line (9-16).

And the tone of the game was set from the outset as Covington couldn't buy a bucket from long range against a Franklin Monroe defense that packed it in tight.

As an indication of how difficult it was for the Buccaneers to knock down shots, Covington misfired on three three-point shots on one possession alone in the first quarter.

Meanwhile, Franklin Monroe sophomore Ethan Conley scored seven first quarter points to spark the Jets to a 20-10 lead after one.

But once Conley got into foul trouble in the opening seconds of the second quarter, Covington was able to chip into the lead - cutting the deficit to 28-22 at the break thanks to 11 first half points from senior quarry Jayce Pond.

Covington then appeared to be finding its shot in the third as the Buccaneers outscored the Jets 11-6 in the frame thanks to some timely buckets by Trevor Miller, Nathan Blei and Kenny Atkinson. This cut the deficit to 34-33 with one quarter to play.

But Franklin Monroe had a response in senior Mason Conley.

While the Buccaneers were focused on shutting down his brother Ethan, Mason made play-after-play in the fourth quarter. Whether it was driving through traffic for a layup or stepping back to hit a clutch three - Mason Conley was on fire in the fourth quarter.

Still, Covington was able to stay within striking distance as it trailed by three points with 3:00 to go thanks to one of three clutch fourth quarter treys by junior guard Jett Murphy.

But Mason Conley responded with the play of the game - a traditional three-point play where he was fouled driving to the basket and canned the free throw to push the lead back to six. It was the most impactful three points of his game-high 24-point night.

This forced Covington to foul down the stretch in an attempt to expect the game and Franklin Monroe was up to the task by connecting on just enough free throws to prevent the Buccaneers from a comeback victory.

The free throw line was the deciding difference in the game as Covington was 7 off 11 from the line and Franklin Monroe was 17 of 23.

Covington controlled the glass at the offensive end, holding a 9-3 advantage, but Franklin Monroe held a 17-12 edge at the defensive end.

The Buccaneers outscored Franklin Monroe 16-8 inside the paint and had a 10-8 edge in turnovers, but it was the ability to put the ball through the basket on minimal opportunities that led to Franklin Monroe handing the Buccaneers a defeat.

For Covington, Trevor Miller and Jayce Pond both had 11 points a piece, while Jett Murphy had 10.

Mason Conley led Franklin Monroe with a game-high 24 points,w hooey his brother Ethan had 12.

Covington (0-1) travels to Versailles tomorrow night in search of its first win.


Trevor Miller battles for position under the boards.


BOXSCORE

COVINGTON SCORING:
Jett Murphy - 10
Jayce Pond - 11
Zach Parrett - 2
Trevor Miller - 11
Nathan Blei - 5
Kenny Atkinson - 5
Tristin Sowers - 3

FRANKLIN MONROE SCORING:
Kyle Ressler - 8 (2)
Mason Conley - 24
Parker Hesler - 5
Matthew Williams - 3
Ethan Conley - 12 (3)
Kameron Thurmond - 2

SCORE BY QUARTERS:
Covington .. 10 .. 12 .. 11 .. 14 = 47
Franklin Monroe .. 20 .. 8 .. 6 .. 20 = 54

THREE-POINT SCORING:
Covington: Murphy (3), Pond (2), Miller (2)
Franklin Monroe: M. Conley (3), E. Conley (3), Ressler (2), Hesler (1)


Jayce Pond starts a fast break after stealing the ball in the first half.