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CAN'T FINISH AT THE RIM...
Jayce Pond and the Covington Buccaneers struggled converting easy baskets inside the paint and the reult was a frustrating 36-33 loss to Milton.

Nathan Blei passes the ball around a Milton defender.
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 3, 2017 - COVINGTON
When the Covington Buccaneers opened up the new year with a home contest, conventional wisdom led one to believe the Buccaneers were poised to earn their sixth win of the season.

After all, Milton-Union entered the contest winless at 0-4 and fielded a young roster under first-year coach Mike Piatt.

Covington, on the other hand, had just closed out 2016 by winning five of six games and had a senior laden roster with plenty of varsity experience.

On paper, it looked like a sure win for Covington, but what materialized was anything but.

That's because Covington - to put it mildly - was horrid shooting the basketball. How bad? How about 11 of 43 for 25% from the floor and a inept 1 for 19 from behind the arc for a tick over 5%.

Milton, meanwhile, didn't torch the nets by any means - but was efficient enough to connect on 11 of 23 shots from the floor for 48% and hit three clutch treys on eight attempts for 37%. In all, the Bulldogs attempted 20 less shot attempts than Covington, but was still able to come out with its first win of the season.

And the night started out poorly for Covington from the outset as the only point the Buccs could manage in the first four minutes of the contest came on a Kenny Atkinson free throw. By then Milton had built an 8-1 lead, which stood until Nathan Blei connected on the first field goal by Covington its just under four minutes to go in the opening frame.

With the lid on the rim loosened slightly for the Buccs, Covington closed out the first quarter on a 5-2 run to close the gap to 10-8 after one.

The Buccaneers had a golden opportunity to break the game open in the second quarter as Milton went ice cold from the floor in the second - managing only a pair of buckets in the frame.

Zach Parrett hit a three and a deuce from the base line, but the Buccaneers missed shots one after another from point blank range - squandering opportunities that prevented Covington from putting significant stress on a young Bulldog team.

Still, Covington led 17-14 at the break and had an entire second half to find its shooting stroke.

Which never came as Covington went scoreless for over four minutes to start the second half as Milton went on a 10-0 run to take its largest lead of the contest 24-17.

After a timeout to regroup, Covington responded over the remainder of the quarter to cut the gap to five, but once again found itself in a long scoring slump to start the fourth quarter.

Milton was able to take advantage by pushing its advantage back to eight, 33-25, before the Buccaneers found some success with a Nathan Blei runner and a Trevor Miller bucket and two Blei free throws.

Time then became an issue and Covington was forced to foul in order to extend the clock.

Dan Albaugh connected on two straight free throws, but a huge play by Zach Parrett on a stick back moved the Buccs to within 35-33 with just under ten seconds to play.

Once again Covington fouled Albaugh and, after making the first attempt, he missed the second to give the Buccaneers a chance to tie the game.

Unfortunately a three-point shot by Trevor Miller bounced off the back of the rim at the buzzer.

This led Covington to wonder how it let this game slip away - a game where the Buccs shot 20 more times than Milton from the floor, had an eight-rebound advantage at the offensive end and five less turnovers.

It just came down to a failure to put the ball through the net.

Covington drops to 5-4 on the season and looks to regroup on Friday as it hosts Tri-County North.


Adam Lefeld closes in on a Milton ball handler.


BOXSCORE

SCORE BY QUARTERS:
Milton - 10 .. 14 .. 28 .. 36
Covington - 8 .. 17 .. 22 .. 33

COVINGTON SCORING:
Jett Murphy - 2
Jayce Pond - 2
Zach Parrett - 10
Trevor Miller - 4
Nathan Blei - 14
Kenny Atkinson - 1

Records: Covington 5-3, Milton 1-4.


Zach Parrett came off the bench to give Covington a spark with 10 points, but it wasn't enough in a 36-33 loss to Milton.