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Zach Parrett and the Covington Buccaneers couldn't get shots to fall in what was a very cold shooting night for the black and white in a 69-39 loss at National Trail.

Gray Harshbarger battles inside against National Trail.

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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

Covington senior Braden Miller said it best recently when describing the Buccaneer basketball team, "We know we don't have the most talented basketball team, but we just try to play with as much effort as we can and see what happens."

Yes, the Buccs ALWAYS play with effort, but sometimes no matter how hard the kids play they just run into teams who are more talented.

That was the case on Tuesday as the Buccaneers ran into a buzzsaw in the form of the National Trail Blazers - who handed Covington a 69-39 defeat.

And yes, the recent winter weather hasn't been kind to anyone and Covington's game at Tri-County North last Friday was cancelled due to the frigid temperatures - forcing the Buccaneers into a seven-day span between games.

You can call it game rust or maybe an off night, but whatever the reason the Buccaneers came out shooting as cold as the winter weather as nearly five minutes went off the clock before Covington got on the board with a Chad Yohey layup. By then, National Trail had built a ten-point lead and was never really challenged on the scoreboard the rest of the way.

And it was Blazer freshman Cameron Harrison who set the tone offensively for National Trail as he knocked down four of his five treys of the game in the first half to spark a 33-15 halftime advantage. All the while, Covington could only manage five first half field goals - two a piece by Nathan Lyle and Braden Miller to go along with Yohey's layup.

A pair of treys by Miller and Bradley Wiggins, two buckets by Kleyton Maschino and another by Andrew Cates gave Covington life in the third quarter, but another trey by Harrison and one by Travis Hunt sparked a 16-13 scoring advantage in the third for the Blazers to push the margin to 52-28 with one quarter to go.

Hunt connected on his fourth trey of the contest to start the fourth as National Trail kept the foot on the gas. In all, the Blazers connected on seven shots from the floor and a pair of free throws in the final eight minutes, while Covington had just four baskets from Cates, Gray Harshbarger, Tyler Fraley and Maschino to go along with three free throws in five attempts.

For the contest, Covington made true on 12 two-point shots and just two three-point attempts. The Buccs were also nine of 13 from the free throw line and Braden Miller was the lone Buccaneer to score in double figures with 10 points.

Sophomores Andrew Cates and Kleyton Maschino came off the bench and had seven and six points respectively for Covington - all coming in the second half.

National Trail had four players in double figures in scoring with Harrison leading the way with a game-high 15 points. Travis Hunt and Zach Woodall had 14 points each and Dalton Mason scored 11 points.

The Blazers made good on 18 shots from two-point range and knocked down nine three pointers - all coming from Harrison (5) and Hunt (4). The Blazers converted in six of 9 free throw attempts as well.

The loss drops Covington's record to 3-8 on the season and 2-4 in the CCC.

The Buccaneers look for their game to heat up on Friday as Miami East comes to town in another Cross County Conference affair.

Covington coach Matt Pond encourages his team during a timeout at National Trail on Tuesday.

Covington - 10 .. 15 .. 28 .. 39
National Trail - 16 .. 33 .. 52 .. 69

Braden Miller - 10
Andrew Cates - 7
Kleyton Maschino - 6
Nathan Lyle - 4
Bradley Wiggins - 3
Gray Harshbarger - 2
Zach Parrett - 2
Chad Yohey - 2
Tyler Fraley - 2
Ryan Gengler - 1

Cameron Harrison - 15
Travis Hunt - 14
Zach Woodall - 14
Dalton Mason - 11
Adam Eyler - 9
Hunter Michael - 6

Covington - Braden Miller (1), Bradley Wiggins (1)
National Trail - Cameron Harrison (5), Travis Hunt (4)

Braden Miller led Covington with 10 points on what was a frustrating night for the Buccs.