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MISSED OPPORTUNITIES...
Zach Parrett threw down a monster dunk, but the Covington Buccaneers just weren't able to take advantage of opportunities in a 56-55 loss to Tri-Village on Tuesday.

Bradley Wiggins eyes a bucket in the second half against Tri-Village.
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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

FEBRUARY 6, 2018 - NEW MADISON
Tri-Village has dominated the Cross County Conference in basketball over the past decade or so - including winning a state championship in 2015 - and has beaten Covington every season since 2007 when the Buccs stunned the Patriots 56-51 in overtime thanks to the late-game heroics of Gene Studebaker, who was recently inducted into the Covington Athletic Hall of Fame.

On Tuesday, Covington had its chances to end a ten-game losing streak to Tri-Village in the Patriots' home gym. Unfortunately, the Buccaneers couldn't make the plays needed in the final minutes and dropped to 4-15 overall and 3-7 in the CCC with a heartbreaking 56-55 defeat.

And it was a slow start to the game that was Covington's undoing as Tri-Village built a 14-5 lead after one. The Buccs could only manage two free throws and one field goal in the opening frame - a trey by Bradley Wiggins.

To make matters worse for the Buccs, leading scorer and senior standout Braden Miller was forced to spend much of the first half with the trainer after suffering a poke in the eye midway through the opening frame.

Still, Covington was able to chip into the Tri-Village lead in the second quarter thanks to a monster dunk by senior Zach Parrett that emotionally lifted the Buccaneer team.

Three pointers by Parrett and Wiggins followed and an an eight-point quarter by Grey Harshbarger materialized to spark a 19-13 scoring advantage by the Buccaneers that cut the deficit to 27-24 at the break.

The momentum carried into the third quarter as Chad Yohey hit a trey to start things off. Andrew Cates, Zach Parrett, Nathan Lyle and Bradley Wiggins all hit on buckets and Harshbarger connected on a pair of free throws to give Covington a 37-36 lead with one quarter left to play.

And the final 8:00 was a thrilling, back-and-forth affair as both teams took turns gaining the momentum.

For Covington, the biggest emotional boost came from the return of Braden Miller, who gutted out the final quarter after his eye injury.

Tri-Village started out the quarter with a runner and a trey by Derek Eyer, who scored a game-high 21 points, but Covington was once again able to respond and took a 49-48 lead on a trey by Andrew Cates.

But three straight possessions for Covington proved to be the downfall for the Buccs beginning with an airball on a three-point attempt followed by two straight turnovers. Tri-Village took advantage at the other end to push its lead to five, forcing the Buccs to foul.

The Patriots converted on six of 11 free throws down the stretch to keep Covington at a distance, making the three-pointer by Bradley Wiggins at the buzzer irrelevant.

In the end, it was a case of missed opportunities for Covington, who had its chances for the fifth win of the season.

Zach Parrett led Covington with 12 points, while Grey Harshbarger and Bradley Wiggins dropped in 10 points each.

Andrew Cates had another solid game off the bench with seven points, while Braden Miller dropped in seven points as well - despite being limited to two quarters of work due to his eye injury.

Derek Eyer led Tri-Village with a game-high 21 points and Jared Buckley had 14 points.

Covington continues to look for its fifth win of the season on Friday as rival Newton comes to town in a rematch of a 51-48 defeat from earlier in the season.


Andrew Cates hit some big shots in the second half to give Covington a chance.


SCORE BY QUARTERS:
Covington - 5 .. 24 .. 37 .. 55
Tri-Village - 14 .. 27 .. 36 .. 56

COVINGTON SCORING:
Zach Parrett - 12
Grey Harshbarger - 10
Bradley Wiggins - 10
Braden Miller - 7
Andrew Cates - 7
Chad Yohey - 3
Nathan Lyle - 2
Tyler Fraley - 2

TRI-VILLAGE SCORING:
Derek Eyer - 21
Jared Buckley - 14
Gage Hileman - 8
Trey Frech - 6
Christian Ricker - 2
Cameron Sterrett - 2
Mason Sullenbarger - 2
Noah Burns - 1

THREE-POINT SCORING:
Covington - Bradley Wiggins (3), Zach Parrett (1), Andrew Cates (1), Chad Yohey (1)
Tri-Village - Gage Hileman (2), Derek Eyer (1), Tyler Frech (1)


Gery Harshbarger powered his way to the rim for a season-high 10 points.