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NEW GYM = A WIN...
Zach Parrett and the Covington Buccaneers captured a 62-45 win over neighboring rival Newton in their first outing in the new gym.

Kenny Atkinson knocks down a jumper.
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 13, 2016 - COVINGTON
After two straight road outings to start the season, the Covington Buccaneers finally had the opportunity to play for the first time in their new gymnasium - hoping to capture the first win of the young season.

And after sluggish first half offensively, Covington caught fire in the second half en route to a convincing 62-45 win over neighboring rival Newton.

Newton jumped out to a 14-10 lead after one period of play thanks to two timely treys by sophomore Ryan Mollette - who ultimately connected on four three-pointers and a total of 14 points in the contest.

Covington finally gained some momentum late in the second quarter thanks to a clutch basket by Nathan Blei and a stick back by Kenny Atkinson to give the Buccaneers a 23-22 lead at the break.

The Buccaneers carried the momentum into the second half as they outscored the Indians 17-9 in the third period to push their advantage to 40-31 with one quarter to play.

And it was Covington's ability to dominate the paint with its size and strength advantage as Kenny Atkinson, Tristin Sowers, Trevor Miller and Nathan Blei all recorded stick backs off of offensive rebounds in the frame - Blei's resulting in a three-point play.

This led to a fourth quarter where Covington played its best basketball of the young season as it pushed the margin to 62-42 until a last second trey by Newton's Nick Honeycutt.

In the process, Tristin Sowers hit a nice step-back jumper from the baseline - Nathan Blei connected on a trey and a layup, and Trevor Miller converted on a trey and two buckets inside the paint. Plus, Jett Murphy hit on a runner, Jayce Pond scored on a layup and Bradley Wiggins knocked down a ten-footer.

As Covington poured it on in the fourth quarter the Buccaneer faithful was hoping to witness something special to cap the evening - which nearly came off of a steal by Nathan Blei.

After Blei stole the ball he tossed to Trevor Miller, who was well behind the Newton defense. Miller went up for a dunk with his right hand, but the ball slipped out of his hand on his approach and bounced off the side of the rim into the waiting arms of Kenny Atkinson, who fortunately put the ball in for two points.

It was the lone frustrating moment for Miller, who played an outstanding game in leading all scorers with a game-high 21 points.

Miller was joined by Nathan Blei and Jayce Pond with double figures in scoring as Blei had 14 and Pond had 10.

Newton was led in scoring by Nick Honeycutt, who had 15 points. Ryan Mollett scored 14 points in support.

Covington, who struggled shooting the basketball in its first two games, connected on 23 of 53 shot attempts for a season-high 43%. The Buccs were 6 of 15 from behind the arc for 40% and 10 of 14 from the free throw line for 71%.

The Buccaneers also dominated the boards with 39 rebounds to just 22 for Newton.

Both teams committed 10 turnovers, but Covington was able to convert Newton's turnovers into 16 points.

The win moves the Buccs' record to 1-2 on the season. The two teams will play again at Newton on January 10th in what is slated as a league game.

In the meantime, Covington hosts Bradford on Friday.


Trevor Miller scored a game-high 21 points in the first varsity boy's contest in the new gym.


BOXSCORE

SCORE BY QUARTERS:
Newton .. 14 .. 8 .. 9 .. 14 = 45
Covington 10 .. 13 .. 17 .. 22 = 62

NEWTON SCORING:
Nick Honeycutt - 15
Treg Jackson - 2
Ryan Mollett - 14
Austin Evans - 7
Jackson Riffle - 7

COVINGTON SCORING:
Jett Murphy - 2
Jayce Pond - 10
Bradley Wiggins - 2
Zach Parrett - 3
Trevor Miller - 21
Nathan Blei - 14
Kenny Atkinson - 6
Tristin Sowers - 4

THREE-POINT SCORING:
Newton: Mollette (4), Honeycutt (3), Riffle (1)
Covington: Miller (2), Blei (2), Pond (1), Parkett (1)


Tristin Sowers hits a jumper from the baseline.