JANUARY 4, 2019 - WEST ALEXANDRIA
Individual character and the character of a team is revealed by how you conduct yourself and respond when things don't go your way.
Friday night at Twin Valley South the Covington Buccaneers found themselves facing an opponent that was obviously a better team on this given night.
It showed as the host Panthers built a 22-5 lead after one quarter of play and then extended the margin to 35-11 at the break thanks to pin-point accuracy from every spot on the floor.
Twin Valley South connected on 13 field goals in the first half - five of those coming from behind the arc - and made four-of-six free throws.
Meanwhile, Covington couldn't buy a basket as it only converted on three buckets in the first half - a trey by Andrew Cates and short lay-ins by Gray Harshbarger and Zach Kuntz. The remaining four Buccaneer points in the first half came on four-of-six free throws.
Yes, things looked bleak for Covington as it trailed by 24 points at the break.
Which brings us to the character of a team and the young men who form that team.
It was apparent Covington was outmanned on this particular night and things were not going well for the Buccs as the two teams came out of the locker rooms to start the second half.
Instead of whining to the officials about calls or displaying poor body language of a team facing defeat, the Buccaneers played as hard as humanly possible in an attempt to get back into the game.
The effort paid dividends as Covington outscored Twin Valley South 13-10 in the third and eventually cut the deficit to 12 points (51-39) with 3:50 left in the game.
Unfortunately the Buccaneers were forced to foul with the clock becoming a factor and Twin Valley South converted 10-of-11 free throws down the stretch to prevent Covington from coming all the way back.
The end result was a 24-point loss for Covington by the score of 65-41.
But the final score isn't a reflection of how the Buccaneers conducted themselves individually and collectively under adverse circumstance. It also isn't an indication as to how this Buccaneer team battled hard for 32 minutes against what proved to be a better basketball team on this particular night.
And despite falling to 2-7 overall and 2-2 in the CCC, the Buccaneers can build on the fact that coach Matt Pond has these kids giving maximum effort every night regardless of what the scoreboard reads.
SCORE BY QUARTERS:
Covington - 5 - 6 - 13 - 17 = 41
TV South - 22 - 13 - 10 - 20 = 65
Tyler Fraley - 9
Gray Harshbarger - 8
Kleyton Maschino - 6
Andrew Cates - 5
Kadin Presser - 5
Spencer Brumbaugh - 2
Chad Yohey - 2
Jack Shell - 2
Zach Kuntz - 2
TV SOUTH SCORING:
Bauman - 16
Cottingim - 15
Bassler - 13
Osborn - 7
DeLong - 6
Peterson - 6
Maker - 2
Covington - Maschino (2), Cates (1), Fraley (1)
TV South - Bauman (3), Cottingim (2), Bassler (2)