TROY — Xenia Christian was picked to finish third in the Metro Buckeye Conference this preseason.
Friday night, the reigning champion let them know just what they think of preseason polls.
The Troy Christian Eagles — who have won the MBC outright the past three seasons — put on a show Friday night, blitzing the Ambassadors in the first half to take a 43-15 lead and closing out a 72-38 statement win at home.
“Xenia Christian was picked third in the conference, and our kids kind of flexed their muscles tonight,” Troy Christian boys basketball coach Ray Zawadzki said. “They went out and said it’s our title, and we’re not going to give it up easy.
“The kids put on a clinic in the first half. That was our best half of basketball all year.”
Four Eagles (3-1, 2-0 MBC) reached double figures, and three — Aaron Horn, Travis Sloan and Nathanael Boone — scored career highs. Grant Zawadzki led a balanced attack with 16 points and eight assists, Horn added 11 points, Logan George and Holden Varvel each scored 10, Sloan chipped in eight and Boone had seven.
“It was a great example of TC basketball, both offensively and defensively. Great team play,” Zawadzki said.
Troy Christian travels to Emmanuel Christian Dec. 20 and hosts Mississinawa Valley Dec. 21.
P. Shawnee 40
WEST MILTON — Milton-Union continued its hot start to the season with a 59-40 thrashing of Preble Shawnee in Southwestern Buckeye Conference Buckeye Division play Friday night.
The Bulldogs (4-0, 3-0) jumped out to a 13-point first-quarter lead and maintained a double-digit advantage at each quarter break.
Caleb Poland led all scorers with 22 points. He is averaging right around 25 points per game through four games. Matt Brumbaugh scored 15 and Ben Stelzer added 11.
Milton-Union plays at Arcanum tonight.
Miami East 58,
Nat. Trail 40
CASSTOWN — Miami East bounced back from a disappointing loss last weekend, taking control with a 23-10 second quarter Friday night against National Trail and cruising to a 58-40 Cross County Conference victory.
Conner Hellyer led the Vikings (2-1, 1-1 CCC) by hitting five 3s, scoring 18 points and adding five rebounds, four assists and four steals. Damien Mackesy posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, A.J. Hickman added eight points amd six rebounds and Franco Villella had six points.
“One of our focuses this week was defensive rebounding, and we made strides there by only allowing National Trail six offensive rebounds and controlling the glass 33-24,” Miami East coach Allen Mack said. “We played with a lot of energy tonight, too. Now we’ll get to see how we handle double weekends, with four in a row coming up.”
The first one finishes off tonight against Oakwood.
JV score: Miami East 57, National Trail 19.
TV South 37
BRANDT — Patrick Bain scored 26 points and Christian Pfledderer added nine as the Bethel Bees routed Twin Valley South 59-37 Friday in Cross County Conference play.
Other scores: Tecumseh (4-0) 52, Tippecanoe (1-1) 48.
TC 47, XC 31
TROY — Lydia Demmitt had a monster night with 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead Troy Christian (4-1, 2-1 Metro Buckeye Conference) to a 47-31 victory over Xenia Christian Friday.
Haley Peters added 12 points and 15 rebounds for a double-double herself for the Eagles, who host Belmont today.
Miss. Valley 40
COVINGTON — Down eight with two minutes left in the third quarter, the Covington Buccaneers rallied Thursday night, going on a 17-0 run and holding on from there for a 48-40 Cross County Conference victory over Mississinawa Valley.
Cassidy Cain and Arianna Richards led Covington (2-4, 2-1) with 13 points apiece, while Carly Shell added nine and Heidi Cron scored six.
Covington hosts Tri-Village Monday.