By Josh Brown
TIPP CITY — Even entering the Greater Western Ohio Conference this season, the Tippecanoe boys basketball team was familiar was familiar with plenty of its new American North Division rivals.
Tuesday night, the Red Devils hosted Piqua for the first time as conference rivals and, like most of the meetings since 2010, it was a tightly-contested game with a down-to-the-wire finish, with the Indians holding on late for a 48-44 victory.
Piqua (1-2, 1-1 GWOC American North) led 33-27 heading into the fourth quarter and led by eight at 37-29, bu back-to-back 3s by Zach Bonifas and Caiden Smith cut the deficit to only two. Piqua pulled away again, though, as Ben Schmiesing hit a 3 to make the score 47-39 with 3:05 to play.
Tippecanoe again fought back, closing the gap to three with less than a minute to go, but Nate Monnin hit a free throw with 6.6 seconds remaining to ice the game.
Bonifas scored 10 points, Quenten Williams had eight points and eight rebounds and Josh Wildermuth and Adam Grieshop each scored seven to lead Tippecanoe (0-3, 0-2 GWOC American North). Smith added six points and Cade Gingerich and Ben Sauls each had three.
Both teams remain in division play on the road Friday, as Tippecanoe travels to Greenville and Piqua travels to Sidney.
COVINGTON — The Covington Buccaneers got to break in their new gymnasium Tuesday night in a girls-boys doubleheader against Newton, with the Bucc boys pulling away from the Indians in the second half to put away a 62-45 victory.
Newton led 14-10 after the first quarter, but Covington (1-2) rallied and took a 22-21 lead at the half. The Buccs then outscored the Indians 39-23 in the second half to put the game away.
Trevor Miller scored 21 points and Nathan Blei added 14 to lead Covington, which hosts Bradford Friday. Jayce Pond added 10 points, Kenny Atkinson had six and Tristin Sowers scored four.
Nick Honeycutt led Newton with 15 points, Ryan Mollette added 14 and Austin Evans and Jackson Riffle each scored seven. Newton hosts Tri-Village Friday.
Dayton Christian 74,
Troy Christian 67
DAYTON — Dayton Christian outscored Troy Christian 21-6 in the second quarter to take control and held on from there, handing the Eagles a 74-67 Metro Buckeye Conference defeat Tuesday night.
The Eagles (1-2, 0-1 MBC) took a 19-13 lead after the first quarter but found themselves down 34-25 at halftime. They cut the deficit to one at 51-50 heading into the fourth quarter, but the Warriors — who had four scorers reach double digits on the night — pulled away again to put the game away.
James Anderson had a monstrous night to lead the Eagles back, posting a double-double with a game-high 28 points and 20 rebounds. Peyton Spurlock added nine points and Cameron Strine scored seven off the bench.
Troy Christian hosts Legacy Christian Friday in another MBC matchup.
ANSONIA — The Bradford boys basketball team lost to Ansonia 64-56 in Cross County Conference action Tuesday night.
Parker Smith led the Railroaders with a career-high 26 points. Josh Phillips scored 12 and Andy Branson added nine.
Bradford travels to Covington Friday night for another CCC game.
* Girls Basketball
COVINGTON — The Covington girls basketball team controlled the action throughout Tuesday night’s matchup against Newton to kick off a girls-boys doubleheader at home, then the Buccaneers held off a fourth-quarter Indian rally to post a 51-46 victory.
Jordan Crowell scored a game-high 17 points for Covington, Sammi Whiteman added 11 and Lauren Christian scored 10.
Tatum McBride led Newton with 16 points, Elizabeth Carroll scored 11 and Mallory Dunlevy added nine.
Both teams are back in action Thursday, as Covington (6-1, 4-0 Cross County Conference) travels to Bradford while Newton travels to Tri-Village.
XENIA — The Tippecanoe boys and girls bowling teams dropped a Greater Western Ohio Conference crossover matchup Tuesday, with the boys falling to Xenia 2,284-2,210 and the girls falling 1,770-1,550 at Xenia.
James Ridgeway led Tippecanoe’s boys (1-2, 0-1 GWOC American North Division) with 236-247—483, Nick Lanham followed with 237-179—416, Stephen Ridgeway rolled 176-159—335, Ian Smith rolled 161-164—325 and Aaron Davis rolled 142-127—269.
For the Red Devil girls (0-3, 0-1 GWOC American North), Ashlyn Herzog rolled 172-146—318, Reegan Brown rolled 172-140—312, Olivia Hamilton rolled 156-92—248, Jessica Goodson rolled 110-127—237 and Kenzie Maxton rolled 103-109—212.
Tippecanoe travels to Bellefontaine Friday.
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