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1987-88 Covington Buccaneers: Front Row (left to right): Assistant Coach Roger Craft, Coach Steve Fisher. Middle Row (sitting left to right): Rich Idle, Doug Dilley, Tab Brinkman. Back Row (standing left to right): Paul McGillivary, Kyle Kenworthy, Matt Root, Lane Evans, Alan Davis, Scott Wirrig.

The 1987-88 season was a season where Lane Evans made his mark; on the history books. Only one player in Bucc history scored more points in one season then Lane did this year. That player was Tom Dunn in 1971-72. Lane was only 4 points shy of tying Dunn's mark of 567 points. When the curtain fell on #50's career, Lane became the Buccs' second leading scorer (1, 129 pts.) and fifth leading rebounder (438) of all time. No other individual Buccaneer player dominated a basketball game since Mike Schmidt in the late 70's.

Evans wasn't the only bright spot of the '87-'88 season. The rest of the team contributed into the 17-7 record and a District Runner-Up trophy. Matt Root shared the spotlight with 372 points for 15.5 points a game, dished out 100 assists and pulled down 121 rebounds for a triple-triple.

The Buccs also established a record for free throw shooting (77.5 percent) and three-point field goals with 73 attempts made.

Throughout the season, the Buccs had big wins over Newton, Miami East, Tipp City and Versailles. They notched tournament wins over Bradford, Houston and Lehman before falling to Middletown Fenwick 70-56 in the District Finals.

Season Honors:
Lane Evans – District 9 All-Star for the second year in a row, Dayton Journal Herald All-Star, North-South All-Star, All Conference Team for the second year in a row.
Matt Root – All Conference Team, District 9 All-Star
Kyle Kenworthy – All Conference Team
Paul McGillivary – All Conference Team
Scott Wirrig – All Conference Team

Scoring Leaders for the Buccs:
Lane Evans – 563 pts. – 23.5 avg.
Mat Root – 372 pts. – 15.5 avg.
Doug Dilley – 162 pts. – 6.7 avg.
Scott Wirrig – 155 pts. – 6.5 avg.
Rich Idle – 111 pts. – 4.8 avg.
Kyle Kenworthy – 89 pts. – 3.7 avg.

Rebounding Leaders for the Buccs:
Lane Evans – 191
Doug Dilley – 129
Matt Root – 121
Kyle Kenworthy – 66
Rich Idle – 51
Scott Wirrig – 51

Note: All historical facts and placements are from the time the events happened.

Lane Evans, Covington's second all-time leading scorer, gets two of his points against Newton.

1987-88 Season Results

Ft. Loramie
Bradford
Milton Union
Newton
Tipp City
Franklin Monroe
Miami East
Springfield Catholic Central
Versailles
Lehman
Milton Union
Arcanum
Tipp City
Tri Village
St. Henry
Miami East
Springfield Catholic Central
Versailles
Lehman
Russia
Bradford
Houston
Lehman
Middletown Fenwick

L 57-61
W 73-62
W 71-51
W 63-38
W 77-56
L 57-83
W 71-57
L 61-71
W 72-66
L 60-74
W 78-39
W 70-52
W 54-50
W 64-55
L 46-64
W 74-63
L 45-63
W 65-60
W 78-65
W 65-60
W 49-42
W 73-55
W 75-67
L 56-70