JANUARY 18, 2020 - COVINGTON
When you are on a five game losing streak with three of those losses coming by a combined six points, you’ll take a win any way you can get it.
Which is why the Covington Buccaneers had every reason to feel a little good about themselves after surviving in a 48-46 win against Houston.
No, it wasn’t pretty by any means. Covington led by 15 midway through the third quarter and had everything going its way. But, for some reason, the intensity level on the floor by the Buccaneers began to waver.
Houston battled back to cut the Buccaneer advantage to 39-30 at the end of the third and eventually closed the gap to four points with just under two minutes to go, 46-42.
But Covington had the ball and time on its side, which forced Houston to foul in an attempt to extend the clock.
Unfortunately, the Buccaneers misfired on four straight free throws and Houston was able to convert a bucket at the other end to close the gap to two points with under one minute left.
Fouled again, this time Zach Kuntz went to the line for Covington and drilled both attempts at the charity stripe to give the Buccaneers a little more wiggle room.
Kuntz then blocked a shot at the other end and Covington gathered the loose ball, forcing Houston to foul with just under 30 seconds left.
Unfortunately, once again the Buccaneers, who were five of 12 from the line in the fourth quarter, missed both free throw attempts and Houston was able to pull down the rebound as Covington was tagged for a foul.
The Wildcats canned both free throws to cut the deficit to 48-46 and then Covington turned the ball over with just seconds on the clock - giving the Wildcats one last shot at tying the game with a two or winning the game with a three.
Fortunately for Covington, the three-point shot was off the mark at the buzzer - giving Covington a 48-46 win.
But what surprised the Covington faithful is the fact that the game came down to one final shot.
That’s because Covington had controlled the action for nearly three quarters of the game - leading 15-10 after one, 32-20 at the break and holing a fifteen point advantage midway through the third quarter.
But credit Houston. The Wildcats never quit and picked up the intensity at both ends of the floor - intensity Covington struggled to match until the score became too close for comfort.
Still, Covington was able to pick itself up off the floor and gut out a much-needed win.
Now the Buccaneers have an entire week to address their mistakes before hosting another Shelby County opponent - Fairlawn - next Saturday.
HOUSTON: 10 - 20 - 30 - 46
COVINGTON: 15 - 32 - 39 - 48
A. Winner - 19
B. Arnold - 13
U. Kunk - 5
L. Ryan - 3
L. Beaver - 3
J. Leist - 3
Zach Kuntz - 12
Kleyton Maschino - 10
Jake Hamilton - 9
Spencer Brumbaugh - 8
Kadin Presser - 5
Jaden Barhorst - 2
Wes Gooding - 2
Houston: L. Ryan (1), A. Winner (1), U. Kunk (1)
Covington: Spencer Brumbaugh (1), Jake Hamilton (1), Kleyton Maschino (1)