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WASN'T MEANT TO BE...
Kenny Atkinson and the Covington Buccaneers dropped a heartbreaking 61-60 defeat to an inspired and very determined National Trail team on Tuesday.

Zach Parrett spots up for a shot in the firts half.
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 10, 2017 - COVINGTON
It was a somber evening at Covington High School on Tuesday as the Buccaneers played host to a National Trail team grieving over the tragic loss of a classmate, Olivia Starr Wallace - who was tragically taken in a car accident over the weekend.

In honor of Wallace, the Covington student section wore orange shirts, the cheerleaders wore orange ribbons and the Buccaneer basketball players wore pink wrist bands - her favorite color. A moment of silence was orchestrated prior to the game with both communities shaken to the core.

In the grand scheme of things the game itself was secondary, but the excitement it provided for two hours was much needed relief - especially for those in Blazer orange.

For Covington, playing a team who was inspired by a cause bigger than itself, it seemed like no matter how hard the boys in black and white played - victory wasn't meant to be.

And it wasn't - as Covington had several golden opportunities to escape with a win, despite being outplayed for three-and-a-half quarters.

Trailing by twelve in the fourth quarter, Covington battled back to cut the deficit to 56-55 with just under one minute to play and then took its first lead of the contest on two free throws by Trevor Miller with fifty seconds left.

But the Blazers responded with a runner by Peyton Harrison to put National Trail back on top by one with 26 seconds left. It was the first shot attempt by the senior in the second half after drilling five first half treys.

Covington then drove the length of the floor and had an open look from five feet away - only to see the ball bounced off the back of the rim and into the hands of a Blazer defender. Covington immediately fouled with 12.6 left, which started an odd sequence of events for the Buccaneer faithful.

Four times Covington had opportunities to gain possession off of missed Blazer free throws and all four times the ball bounced the other way. Only once was Covington able to get a hand on the ball and it was tipped out of bounds - allowing National Trail to retain possession.

National Trail was able to connect on four free throws in five seconds to push its lead to 61-57.

Finally, Covington got the ball back with seven seconds left and Nathan Blei connected on a trey with 2.6 left on the clock to close the gap to 61-60.

Unfortunately for the Buccs, there were no timeouts left to stop the clock as National Trail held the ball without putting it back in play as time expired.

For Covington, it was led in scoring by Nathan Blei, who scored a game-high 19 points.

Jayce Pond had 15 and Trevor Miller scored 12 points.

The defeat is the third in the last four outings by the Buccs as they fall to 6-5 on the season and 4-2 in the CCC.

Covington looks to rebound on Friday with another tough CCC contest at Miami East.


The Buccaneer players wore pink wrist bands in honor a a National Trail cheerleader who lost her life over the weekend in a car accident.


BOXSCORE

SCORE BY QUARTERS:
National Trail - 19 - 36 - 49 - 61
Covington - 11 - 26 - 40 - 60

National Trail Scoring:
Hunt - 6
Harrison - 18
Tyler - 3
Haws - 9
Deardorff - 12
Glander - 5
Mason - 5

Covington Scoring:
Jett Murphy - 8
Jayce Pond - 15
Zach Parrett - 2
Trevor Miller - 12
Nathan Blei - 19
Kenny Atkinson - 2
Tristin Sowers - 2

THREE-POINT SCORING:
National Trail: Harrison (5)
Covington: Murphy (1), Miller (1), Blei (1)


The Covington cheerleaders sported orange ribbons in honor of National Trail's Olivia Starr Wallace.


Jayce Pond avoids a Blazer defender on his way to the basket.