By Josh Brown
and Rob Kiser
SPRINGFIELD — Not once, but twice.
First, a 3-pointer at the final buzzer to force overtime.
Then, a go-ahead bucket and free throw in the final 10 seconds of that extra period.
The Miami East boys basketball team (1-0) was able to rally from behind late twice Friday night during its season opener at Northwestern, with the Vikings making the final big play and holding on in the final seconds for a thrilling 60-59 overtime victory over the Warriors.
Justin Brown hit the game-tying 3-pointer with less than one second left in regulation to bring the Vikings back from down three and force overtime. And with Northwestern (0-1) leading 59-57 late in overtime, Logan West converted a three-point play with nine seconds left on the clock to put Miami East on top. The Warriors missed a potential game-winning 2-pointer at the buzzer, and the Vikings were able to celebrate.
West had a monstrous game, leading the way with a massive double-double of 30 points and 16 rebounds and adding six blocked shots. Austin Rutledge added eight points, Brown finished with seven points, Cam Coomes scored six points and Ian Gengler chipped in four to lead the Vikings.
Miami East hosted West Liberty-Salem Saturday night in a game that was not complete at time of press. The Vikings travel to Graham on Dec. 10.
Franklin Monroe 68,
Troy Christian 65 OT
TROY — The Troy Christian Eagles kicked off the new season against a tough non-league rival Friday night, falling to Franklin Monroe 68-65 in overtime.
The Jets (1-0) led most of the way, leading 19-12 after the first quarter and 37-25 at halftime. The Eagles (0-1) cut that edge to 50-40 after three quarters and outscored Franklin Monroe 18-8 in the fourth — even taking the lead at one point before the Jets forced overtime.
In the overtime period, though, Franklin Monroe outscored Troy Christian 10-7 to hold on for the win.
Troy Christian played New Bremen Saturday night in a game that was not complete at time of press. The Eagles travel to Dayton Christian Tuesday.
Friday’s other scores: Wapakoneta 64, Piqua 53. Jackson Center 54, Lehman 38.
* Girls Basketball
The Covington girls basketball team was in a no-win situation Saturday.
Facing a Versailles team this is amont the best Division III teams in Ohio, the Buccaneers had to pick their poison.
And while the ending was a 60-30 loss in non-conference action to drop Covington to 4-1, while Versailles improved to 4-0, Buccs coach Jim Meyer couldn’t be more happy with his team.
“We had six healthy girls,” Meyer said. “They outheighted us, they outquicked us — but our girls went out there and battled the whole game. I told them after the game, I have never been prouder of them. That team (Versailles) is just a complete team. They have it all.”
As Covington learned quickly.
Faced with the dilemma of dealing with 6-2 Danielle Winner and 5-11 Elizabeth Ording inside, Covington packed their zone defense around them.
The only problem — guards Kami McEldowney, Camille Watren and Kami Ording combined for eight 3-pointers and Ellen Peters added one.
“We shot the ball really well from the perimeter today,” Versailles coach Jacki Stonebraker said. “It is a work in progress every year with it being a new season, but I am really happy with the way we are playing.”
And Meyer would not have changed his strategy.
“That is what we had to do,” he said about forcing the shots from the perimeter. “If we don’t, they are going to be shooting layups. I would rather make them make a 20-foot shot than a two-foot shot. My hope was that they would be cold from the outside.”
Instead, the Tigers made six 3s in the first half to open a 30-19 lead at the break — then they put the game away with a 18-2 advantage in the third quarter.
Sammi Whiteman led Covington with 13 points and seven rebounds and Jordan Crowell added 13 points.
Covington hosts Arcanum Tuesday.
MADISON — Milton-Union couldn’t slow down two-time defending Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division champion Madison Saturday on the road, falling 57-38 in division play.
Kristen Dickison led the Bulldogs (1-2, 1-1 SWBL Buckeye) with 13 points and six assists, Olivia Brown added nine points and seven rebounds, Beyonce Bobbitt had eight points and five rebounds and Taylor Jacobs scored seven points.
Milton-Union continues its road trip at Brookville Thursday.
GREENVILLE — Bradford’s defense had its hands full at Greenville Saturday, as the Railroaders fell to 0-3 with a 57-36 loss to the Green Wave.
Mandi Bates led Bradford with 18 points, eight rebounds and two steals, with Bianca Keener and Chelsea Gill each scoring four points.
NEW CARLISLE — The Troy girls bowling team improved to 2-0 with a 2,567-1,980 victory at Tecumseh Friday, while the Trojan boys (1-1) defeated the Arrows 2,692-2,569 for their first win of the season.
Three Troy girls rolled 400-plus series. A’leigha Smith led the way, rolling 226-238—464, Kirsten McMullen rolled 212-210—422, Cassidy McMullen rolled 179-224—403, Jenna Stone rolled a 167, Alyssa Shilt a 165, Jennica Funderburg a 134 and Sierra Brown a 125.
Aaron Stone led the Trojan boys by breaking the 500 mark, rolling 229-279—508. A.J. Kendall rolled 215-193—408, Hayden Jackson rolled 181-204—385, Landon Flory rolled a 186 game, Jason Shiltz a 177, Carson Rogers a 156 and Logan Jones a 151.
Saturday’s other scores: Bellefontaine 49, Piqua 36.
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