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FIRST ONE IS A BIG ONE...
BUCCS OPEN TOURNAMENT WITH WIN...
Behind a great night from Kenny Atkinson (above), the Covington Buccaneers were able to get a big tournament win over Ansonia, 48-40.

BUCCS RADIO BASKETBALL BROADCASTS...

DATE AIR TIME OPPONENT LINKS
12/06 5:15 PM vs Arcanuim (Girls) ARCHIVE
12/13 5:15 PM vs Newton (Girls) ARCHIVE
12/13 7:00 PM vs Newton (Boys) ARCHIVE
12/16 6:15 PM vs Bradford (Boys) ARCHIVE
01/12 5:15 PM vs Ansonia (Girls LISTEN
01.27 6:15 PM vs Bethel (Boys) LISTEN
02/17 6:15 PM vs Miss. Valley (Boys) LISTEN
Jett Murphy knocks down a second half trey.
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 @ Piqua

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
7:30

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 24, 2017 - PIQUA
When it comes to tournament basketball, sometimes getting the first win is the biggest.

And despite playing an Ansonia team it defeated 57-38 three weeks ago, there were no guarantees for a Covington team that has won just two of the six games it played since that victory over the Tigers on February 3rd.

This time around it was much closer throughout, but Covington was able to pull out a 48-40 win.

In what was a slow start by both teams, Covington was able to jump out to a 4-0 lead on buckets by Kenny Atkinson and Trevor Miller.

Ansonia then went on a 7-0 run capped by a trey by Devyn Sink to force a quick Buccaneer timeout.

Atkinson responded with a trey of his own for Covington to tie the score and then connected on a layup followed by a Miller jumper to give the Buccs a 13-7 lead after one.

Covington maintained its advantage for much of the second quarter until a late run by Ansonia close the gap to 21-20 at the break.

The Buccaneers took over the game inside the paint in the third quarter - using the size advantage of Miller and Atkinson inside. The result was a 16-10 scoring advantage for Covington in the frame with Miller and Atkinson accounting for 11 of the 16 points in the stanza.

Leading 37-30 with one quarter to play, Covington used the clock to its advantage in the fourth by spreading the floor and forcing Ansonia to chase. This led to several back-door cuts to the basket for easy layups and eventual opportunities at the free throw line where the Buccs connected on six of ten freebees at the charity stripe in the final minutes.

In all, Covington shot 40% from the floor (17 of 42), 30% from behind the arc (3 of 10) and 65% from the free throw line (11 of 17).

Ansonia shot 37% from the floor (15 of 41), 25% from long range (7 of 28) and just 43% from the charity stripe (3 of 7).

Covington held a significant scoring advantage inside the paint (26-12) and pulled down 34 rebounds to just 21 for Ansonia. The Buccaneers also held an 11-6 rebounding edge on the offensive glass.

The Tiger defense did give Covington fits throughout the contest as it forced 12 Buccaneer turnovers - 11 coming on steals. Ansonia has eight turnovers as a team.

Kenny Atkinson, Trevor Miller and Jayce Pond each led the Buccaneers with 13 points - tying for game-high honors.

Ansonia was led in scoring by Devyn Sink with 11 points and a nine-point effort by Ayden Saunders.

With a very important first tournament win under its belt, Covington looks to take the next step on Tuesday night against Jackson Center, who defeated Mississinawa Valley 47-39 earlier in the evening. The game is slated to begin at 7:30 at Piqua High School.

Jayce Pond goes up for two of his 13 points on the night.

SCORE BY QUARTERS:
Covington - 13 - 21 - 37 - 48
Ansonia - 7 - 20 - 30 - 40

COVINGTON SCORING:
Jayce Pond - 13
Trevor Miller - 13
Kenny Atkinson - 13
Jett Murphy - 5
Zach Parrett - 2
Nathan Blei - 2

ANSONIA SCORING:
D. Sink - 11
A. Sanders - 9
H. Muir - 7
B. Swabb - 5
T. Alexander - 5
K. Burk - 3

THREE-POINT SCORING:
Covington - Murphy (1), Miller (1), Atkinson (1)
Ansonia - Sanders (3), Sink (1), Swabb (1), Alexander (1), Burk (1)

Nathan Blei drives to the basket in the first half against Ansonia.
Trevor Miller scores two of his 13 points on a first quarter jumper.