JANUARY 19, 2021 - COVINGTON
This school year has been unpredictable due to COVID and with players missing time here and there due to quarantines, it can be difficult to establish continuity and consistency.
Due to the unpredictability, the best hope for many programs is to have players available more often than not and to be playing the best basketball possible later in the season.
And by all indications the Covington Buccaneers appear to be surging at the right time.
Sure, there were some frustrating defeats in the first half of the season for Covington - defeats when looking back should probably have been wins. But, when looking at the adverse situations thrown at the kids that were out of their control, it is a blessing the season is still ongoing.
Now, the Covington Buccaneers have had the time together in the gym to gel - and it is showing on the floor as evident by wins in four of the last five games.
And Tuesday the Buccaneers captured their third straight victory with a convincing 51-43 win over National Trail in front of the “limited” home crowd.
The early going was back and forth as National Trail held a 16-15 lead after one and a 28-27 lead at the break.
But Covington took control of the game in the third quarter, outscoring National Trail 14-5 to take a 41-33 lead after three.
Jake Hamilton connected on a pair of treys, a runner and two free throws in the frame for 10 of his game-high 29 points, while the Buccaneer defense limited the Blazers to just one field goal and three free throws
It was the difference in the game as the final stanza was played even up with both teams scoring ten points each.
Covington was solid from the free throw line - making nine of 11 attempts for 82%. The Buccaneers also converted on six three-points and 12 buckets from two-point range.
The win boosts Covington’s record to 6-9 on the season as it looks for a fourth straight win on Friday at Miami East.
SCORE BY QUARTERS:
Covington - 15 27 41 51
National Trail - 16 28 33 43
JAKE HAMILTON - 29
Owen Boehringer - 8
Wes Gooding - 6
Jack Ballard - 4
Tyler Alexander - 2
Jaden Barhorst - 2
NATIONAL TRAIL SCORING:
Cameron Harrison - 26
Tyler Weathington - 7
Elijah Stewart - 4
Michael Leal - 2
Jacob Ray - 2
Ethan Murphy - 2