By Josh Brown
COVINGTON — Last season, it took the Milton-Union boys basketball team 11 losses before they were able to score their first win.
This year’s Bulldogs are ahead of that curve.
Milton-Union (1-4) began the 2017 portion of its schedule by picking up its first victory of the season, traveling to Covington and holding off a late rally by the Buccaneers (5-4) for a 36-33 non-league victory.
With the Buccs leading 17-14 at halftime, Milton-Union outscored Covington 14-5 in the third quarter to take control of the game and was able to hold on late, going 11 for 15 from the free throw line in the game.
William Morris led the Bulldogs with 14 points, four assists and four steals, going 7 for 9 from the free throw line in the process. Daniel Albaugh added nine points, seven rebounds and four steals and Caleb Wintrow added six points.
Nathan Blei scored 14 points to lead the Buccs and Zach Parrett added 10 points.
Milton-Union remains on the road Friday, traveling to Carlisle, while Covington hosts Tri-County North Friday.
TIPP CITY — Tippecanoe followed its playbook to a tee Tuesday night, using a balanced offense and stingy defense to pull away from Eaton for a 53-40 victory at home.
The Red Devils (4-5) were led by Cade Gingerich and Caiden Smith, both with 10 points, while Noah Bledsoe and Quenten Williams each added nine points.
Tippecanoe travels to Xenia Friday looking to reach the .500 mark on the season.
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BRADFORD — Bradford struggled offensively against Marion Local Tuesday, losing 68-17.
Josh Phillips led the Railroaders with eight points and Parker Smith scored seven.
Bradford returns to Cross County Conference play Friday, hosting Tri-Village.
TROTWOOD — The Tippecanoe bowling teams swept Trotwood Tuesday in Greater Western Ohio Conference American crossover play, with the boys winning 2,273-1,606 and the girls winning 1,560-919.
Stephen Ridgeway led a group of three Red Devil boys (4-2, 3-1 GWOC American North Division) to top the 400 series mark, rolling 202-265—467. Nick Lanham rolled 258-178—436, James Ridgeway rolled 201-233—434, Austin Post rolled 157-157—314, Taylor Riggle added a 127 and Aaron Davis a 93.
For Tippecanoe’s girls (2-5, 2-2 GWOC American North), Jessica Goodson led the way with 117-208—325, Reeghan Brown rolled 124-155—279, Ashlyn Herzog rolled 122-154—276, Abbey Lee rolled 109-113—222, Anna Deffet added a 128 game and Olivia Hamilton an 88.
Tippecanoe travels to the Pioneer Baker Tournament Saturday in Columbus.
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