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SECOND QUARTER WOES...
Bradley Wiggins scored all nine of Covington's points in the second quarter and led the Buccs with 18 points, but a 19-9 scoring advantage for Mississinawa Valley in the second was too much to overcome in a 59-48 defeat to close out the regular season.

Chad Yohey dribbles the ball up the court against Mississinawa Valley on Friday.
2017-18 BASKETBALL LINKS

2017-18 SCHEDULE

Dec 8
Dec 9
Dec 12
Dec 15
Dec 16
Dec 19
Dec 22
Dec 28
Dec 29
Jan 2
Jan 9
Jan 13
Jan 19
Jan 20
Jan 23
Jan 26
Feb 2
Feb 3
Feb 6
Feb 9
Feb 13
Feb 16
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Feb 23

Franklin Monroe
Versailles
@ Newton
@ Bradford
Anna
Arcanum
Twin Valley South
Troy Christian @ Piqua
Lehman @ Piqua
@ Milton-Union
@ National Trail
@ New Bremen
Fairlawn
Houston
Miami East
@ Bethel
Ansonia
@ Coldwater
@ Tri-Village
Newton
@ Tri-County North
@ Mississinawa Valley
SECTIONAL @ Piqua
Lehman

L 54-63
L 46-60
L 48-51
W 55-31
L 36-58
W 50-49
L 37-61
L 31-63
W 47-46
L 61-62
L 39-69
L 40-55
L 43-51
L 48-62
W 50-42
LOSS
L 63-70
LOSS
L 55-56
W 65-56
L 42-55
L 48-59
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L 44-54

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 16, 2018 - UNION CITY
The second quarter has been Covington's downfall over the past few games and the eight-minutes before the half spelled doom for the Buccs once again Friday night at Mississinawa Valley.

After closing out the opening frame tied at 10-10, the only Buccaneer who could find a way to score was senior Bradley Wiggins - who dropped in three jumpers and a trey for all nine Covington points in the frame.

Mississinawa Valley was able to torch the nets, however as Ethan Bowman, Trent Collins and Blake Scholl each connected on three-pointers to go along with a pair of runners by Collins and additional buckets by Bowman, Cody Dirksen and Scholl.

The result was a 19-9 scoring advantage for the Blackhawks, who took a 29-19 halftime lead - a margin Covington couldn't recover from over the remainder of the contest.

That's because Blackhawk senior Ethan Bowmen and junior D.J. Howell took over in the second half. Bowman, who scored 12 points in the first half, tallied 11 points in the second half with just one field goal - a three pointer. The remaining eight points came on eight of nine free throws.

Howell, who was held scoreless in the first half, did the grunt work inside the paint with all 11 of his points coming in the second half.

Still, Covington outscored Mississinawa Valley 15-14 in the third quarter thanks to some balanced scoring where six players knocked down shots - Andrew Cates, Nathan Lyle, Gray Harshbarger, Kleyton Maschino, to go along with a pair of laying by Braden Miller and two free throws by Wiggins.

Covington eventually cut the Mississinawa lead to six points midway through the fourth quarter as Wiggins hit a three and a runner and Zach Parrett scored on a driving layup and a baseline jumper.

But the free throw line became the friend of Mississinawa Valley as it connected on 10 of 12 free throws down the stretch to keep Covington from mounting a comeback.

Plus, Trent Collins scored on a layup and D.J. Howell hit on two short buckets inside the paint to seal the deal.

For Covington, Bradley Wiggins led the way with 18 points as he was the line Buccaneer to score in double figures.

Ethan Bowman led Mississinawa Valley with a game-high 23 points, while D.J. Howell and Blake Scholl scored 11 point a piece.

With the defeat, Covington ends its regular season with a 5-17 record overall and 4-8 in Cross County Conference play.

The Buccaneers look for better results next Friday when they begin sectional tournament play against Sidney-Lehman at Piqua High School.


Andrew Cates drives around a Mississinawa Valley defender to the basket.


SCORE BY QUARTERS:
Covington - 10 .. 19 .. 34 .. 48
Miss. Valley - 10 .. 29 .. 43 .. 59

COVINGTON SCORING:
Bradley Wiggins - 18
Zach Parrett - 7
Braden Miller - 6
Gray Harshbarger - 4
Kleyton Maschino - 4
Nathan Lyle - 4
Chad Yohey - 3
Andrew Cates - 2

MISSISSINAWA VALLEY SCORING:
Ethan Bowman - 23
D.J. Howell - 11
Blake Scholl - 11
Trent Collins - 9
Cody Dirksen - 2
Matt Slob - 2
Max Dirmeyer - 1

THREE-POINT SCORING:
Covington - Bradley Wiggins (2), Chad Yohey (1)
Miss. Valley - Ethan Bowman (3), Blake Scholl (1), Trent Collins (1)


Zach Parrett beats a Blackhawk defender to the basket for a layup in the fourth quarter.