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Down by 19, Nathan Lyle and the Covington Buccaneers found a way to rally back to defeat Arcanum, 50-49.

Braden Miller game up big with 15 second half points to spark a Buccaneer comeback win.

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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

After one half of play in a critical Cross County Conference matchup against Arcanum, things sure didn't look very good for the Covington Buccaneers.

After all, Arcanum had just canned five three pointers en route to a 29-16 lead over a Buccaneer team who had problems finding any offensive consistency against a stingy Trojan defense.

The Buccaneers looked totally out of sync - struggling to find any offensive rhythm, while Arcanum looked like a team who couldn't miss from anywhere on the floor.

But high school basketball games are four eight-minute quarters and Covington used each second to find a way to capture its second win of the season in six tries.

And - after a miraculous comeback - the big shot came from senior Bradley Wiggins, who spotted up from a good four to five feet behind the arc to knock down a three-point shot to give Covington its first and only lead of the contest, 50-49.

"We'll take it," said a delighted Covington coach Matt Pond. "The kids play together and play hard. It makes them fun to coach."

After the break, Arcanum pushed its lead to 19 points on a pair of threes by Carter Gray - who finished with a game-high 21 points.

But Covington was able to battle its way back to close the gap to 39-31 by the end of the third period.

"They are so well coached and are a very disciplined team," said Pond of Arcanum. "We made a little bit of a defensive adjustment to try and contain the Gray kid and our intensity went right with it."

Braden Miller and Zach Parrett came up big in the third for Covington as the duo combined for 13 of the Buccaneers' 15 points in the frame. They led Covington with 15 points each.

"Braden and Zach came up big for us tonight," praised Pond. "Braden Miller, he's diving on the floor all night and Zach had probably his best night of the season."

Nathan Lyle also stepped up big for Covington as he was all over the floor at both ends.

"Nathan Lyle does a lot of things that doesn't go in the stat sheet and we put a lot of trust in him," Pond said. "He went inside tonight against a lot bigger kids and battled for every rebound, every loose ball and every point he could get. That kids gets after it."

Still trailing by eight points with eight minutes left, Covington needed a huge fourth quarter to have any chance of winning.

And behind nine points by Braden Miller - who scored all 15 of his points in the second half - the Buccaneers gradually cut the deficit to 49-47 with a bucket by Chad Yohey at the one minute mark.

Covington then forced a turnover with 24 seconds left to give itself one last chance to at least tie the score.

And after the Buccaneer timeout to set up a play, Bradley Wiggins drilled his first and only three-pointer of the game to give Covington its first and only lead of the contest, 50-49.

"The defense locked down and forced a turnover late in the game," Pond explained. "We called a timeout and talked about going for the win. Wiggins got enough room to get a shot off and it looked good when it left his hand."

Covington defended the inbounds play by Arcanum to force yet another turnover as the clock expired - preserving the thrilling win.

"This is a credit to the kids and the coaching staff for staying composed," Pond said. "Down nineteen in the second half to a team like that and to come back is a credit to our kids. They kept their heads and continued to fight. It's nice to see them be rewarded for their effort."

Covington improves to 2-4 overall and 2-0 in the CCC as it faces another stiff test on Friday at home against Twin Valley South.

Bradley Wiggins knocked down a huge three-pointer to cap a meraculous comeback by the Buccaneers.

Arcanum - 12 .. 29 .. 39 .. 49
Covington - 8 .. 16 .. 31 .. 50

Braden Miller - 15
Zach Parrett - 15
Chad Yohey - 6
Nathan Lyle - 6
Bradley Wiggins - 5
Tyler Fraley - 3

Carter Gray - 21
Grant Delk - 8
Evan Archly - 6
Wills Troutwine - 6
Andrew Baker - 4
Lane Byrne - 4

Covington - Braden Miller (1), Zach Parrett (1), Bradley Wiggins (1), Tyler Fraley (1)
Arcanum - Carter Gray (4), Wills Troutwine (2), Evan Archly (2)

Zach Parrett splits two Arcanum defenders for a bucket.