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2000-01 BUCCS SCHEDULE
DATE OPPONENT W/L
12/08
12/09
12/15
12/16
12/19
12/22
12/23
12/29
12/30
01/05
01/06
01/12
01/20
01/26
01/27
02/02
02/03
02/09
02/10
02/17
02/27
03/02
03/09
03/13
at Miss. Valley
at Miami East
Franklin Monroe
Anna
Arcanum
at Newton
Bradford
at Russia
Fairlawn
National Trail
Milton Union
at Tri-Village
at Bethel
at TV South
Tipp City
at T.C. North
Newton
Ansonia
at Versailles
at Day. Christian
Houston
Russia
Cedarville
Bethel
70-54
49-64
73-63
59-64
72-36
50-41
62-47
67-79
65-56
71-47
60-47
65-47
46-70
63-55
82-64
80-46
61-45
64-55
59-51
63-59
60-54
51-48
47-45
57-67
2000-01 DISTRICT CHAMPIONS...
The Covington Buccaneers captured the programs first district title since 1984 and finished with a 19-5 record overall.
2000-01 District Champions (19-5): Sitting - Managers Tom Finfrock and Trevor Willis. Kneeling (L-R) - Coach Karl Ratterman, Clint Mohler, Boomer Schmidt, Jared Meyer, Josh Burelison, Dusty Blythe, Bert Roeth, Doug Brooks, Alex Hague. Standing (L-R) - Coach Steve Dunn, Mike Molseky, Jason Studebaker, Derek Shively, Derrick Brumbaugh, Nick Meijer, Head Coach Roger Craft.

BUCCS 70, MISSISSINAWA VALLEY 54

December 8, 2000 – MISSISSINAWA
The 2000-2001 Covington Buccs have been champing at the bit to tip off the basketball season, which has been delayed because of the playoff success of the football team. It took the first half to work out the kinks but once they got rolling the Buccs dominated.

Mississinawa Valley played the Buccs close throughout the first half. After one quarter of play, the game was tied at 12. The Buccs managed to get things going in the second period but the Blackhawks remained right on their heals. The Buccs went into the locker room with a 2 point lead at 27-25.

In the second half, the Buccs began to control the game. Led by Jason Meyer, the Buccs pushed their lead to double-digits in the third period. Mississinawa was living by the 3-point basket which kept them within striking distance but didn't keep the Buccs from gradually increasing their lead. At the end of the third period the Buccs held a 46-36 lead.

The Buccs continued to increase their lead in the fourth. Jason Meyer and company outscored the Blackhawks 24-18 in the period to walk away with a 70-54 win.

On the night for the Buccs, Jason Meyer led all scorers with 33 points and pulled down 17 rebounds. Meyer also shot over 60 percent for the game. Jerod Meyer and Bert Roeth chipped in 10 points each. The Buccs shot 55 percent from two-point range and 36 percent from three-point range. They went to the line 17 times and made good on 11 shots.

Mississinawa threw up 21 out of 51 shots from three-point land and sank a respectable 43 percent from long range. Their downfall was from inside the arch as they only shout 37 percent, making only 11 out of 30 shots from two-point range.

Next the Buccs travel to Miami East to battle the Miami East Vikings who have become a state power the past few years.

BUCCS 49, MIAMI EAST 64

December 9, 2000 – MIAMI EAST
Not being able to prepare properly from an extended football season and playing for the second consecutive night can have an affect on a team early in the season. It also doesn't help matters when you are facing one of the best teams in the state. That's what the Buccs had to try and overcome as they traveled to Miami East to face the Vikings.

The Buccs started out well in the first quarter. With fresh legs, they were able to take a 16-14 lead by the end of the first period. As the game progressed, the Buccs had a hard time keeping pace with the fresher Vikings team. Miami east took a 35-29 lead at the half.

The second half was very similar to the first half. The Buccs matched East basket for basket in the third with each team scoring 10 points. East pulled away in the fourth period by outscoring the Buccs 19-10 and walking away with a 64-49 win.

The Buccs were led by 15 points from Josh Burelison and 14 from Jason Meyer. Derrek Shively had a solid night under the boards with 10 rebounds. The Buccs only shot around 37 percent from the field while Miami East shot close to 50 percent. East also benefited from regular visits to the foul-line, making 16 out of 24. The Buccs only managed to reach the line 9 times but they did convert on 7 shots.

The Buccs get six days to rest their legs and prepare for Franklin Monroe. They host the Jets on December 15 at Covington High School.

BUCCS 73, FRANKLIN MONROE 63

December 15, 2000 – COVINGTON
What a difference rest and six days to prepare makes. After falling to Miami East 64-49, the Buccs were able to get back in the gym and get into the flow of the schedule. The result was an impressive 73-63 win over Franklin Monroe.

Franklin Monroe jumped out to and early lead but the Buccs stayed close. At the end of the first period, the Jets held a narrow 1-point lead 17-16. The Buccs took control in the second period and took the lead going into halftime 28-23.

The Buccs were able to increase their lead in the third. As the scoring pace picked up, the Buccs stretched their lead to 10 going into the final period.

Both teams burned the nets in the fourth period. Each team took turns scoring baskets but the Buccs were able to maintain their double-digit lead. When all was said and done, the Buccs captured a 73-63 win to improve to 2-1 on the young season.

Three Buccaneers scored in double digits. Jason Meyer led the way with 17 points while Bert Roeth and Clint Mohler chipped in 15 and 11 respectively. Clint Mohler was also a force inside by grabbing a team high 10 rebounds.

On the night, the Buccs shot 57 percent from 2-point range and 82 percent from the foul-line. They did have a rough night from 3-point land converting only 1 out of 12 attempts.

Tomorrow night the Buccs entertain Anna at Covington High School.

BUCCS 59, ANNA 64

December 16, 2000 – COVINGTON
Consistency is something that comes with time and repetition. To this point of the early season, the Buccs haven't been able to find the consistency they need. Coming off of an impressive 10-point win over Franklin Monroe, the Buccs were looking to keep for continued improvement against Anna. Well, it wasn't meant to be. Anna came into Covington and handed the Buccs a 64-59 defeat.

Things started out well for the Buccs. They were able to rack up 20 points in the first period but Anna remained right on their heals by chipping in 17 points of their own. The Buccs held a slim 3 point lead at the half at 33-30.

It appeared as if the Buccs were starting to take over in the third period. Anna was unable to penetrate the Bucc' defense and the result was only 8 points in the period. Covington, however, was able to increase their lead to 10 points by the end of the third and went into the final period with the momentum.

This is when things fell apart for the Buccs. Anna burned the nest for 26 fourth period points and the Buccs were unable to match them point-for-point. The 10-point lead the Buccs held at the end of the third quickly evaporated. Anna outscored the Buccs 26-11 in the final stanza to take the win 64-59.

Jason Meyer again led the Buccs with 27 points. The only other Buccaneer in double figures was Bert Roeth who chipped in 13 points. The Buccs were outrebounded by the Rockets 30-22.

The Buccs, who dropped their record to 2-2 on the season, hope to get back on track when they face Arcanum in three days.

BUCCS 72, ARCANUM 36

December 19, 2000 – COVINGTON
The fourth period has been the Buccs downfall three out of the last four games. They have outscored their opponents in the fouth period only once this season and that was their first game against Mississinanwa Valley. It could be contributed to the fact that many of the Buccs were playing football late into November and it takes time to recuperate from a long season. They just haven't found their basketball legs and as a result, they haven't been able to finish games strong. Until Tonight!

Arcanum came to town and the Buccs are starting to show what Buccaneer Basketball is all about. Relentless pressure on the ball and execution on offense is what the Buccs do best and against Arcanum, it was a complete game on both ends of the floor.

The Buccs jumped on Arcanum early. They held the Trojans to only 9 points in the first and 20 by halftime. The Buccs' offense dominated as well by putting up 32 points on the board by halftime.

The third and fourth periods were as dominating as the have played to this point of the season. They outscored Arcanum 40-16 in the second half for the 72-36 win. The Buccs got stronger as the game progressed, scoring 25 points in the fourth period while holding Arcanum to only 7 points in the period.

With the absents of Jason Meyer, the rest of the players picked up the slack. Four players scored in double figures, led by 20 points from Bert Roeth. Jarod Meyer had 14 points, Mike Molesky scored 13 and Alex Hague chipped in 10 points for the Buccs. The Buccs held a huge edge under the boards by pulling down 32 rebounds to Arcanum's 24.

The Buccs improve to 3-2 on the season and look to keep the ball rolling when they travel to long time rival, Newton on December 22.

BUCCS 50, NEWTON 41

December 22, 2000 – NEWTON
Throughout the years, Newton and Covington have waged intense battles on the hardwood. When these two teams play you can throw out the records and expect a tough, back-and-fourth game.

Tonight's game between the Buccs and the Indians lived up to the battles of the past as both teams had their share of success and disappointments. When all was said and done, the Buccs escaped with a 50-41 win.

The Buccs' defense again was dominating. They held Newton to only 14 points in the first half. Newton is known to play a slow paced, half-court game and keep defensive pressure on their opponents. Their pressure kept the Buccs from pouring it on but the Buccs were able to take a 7-point lead into the half, 21-14.

Newton looked to take the momentum in the second half as they got their offensive on track and kept the pressure up on defense. Newton took a 2-point lead by the end of the third and had the Buccs on their heals.

The Buccs responded like champions in the fourth period as they dominated both ends of the floor. Led by Jason Meyer and Bert Roeth, the Buccs scorched Newton for 20 fourth quarter points to take the game 50-41 and improve to 4-2 on the season.

Both Jason Meyer and Bert Roeth dropped in 15 points for the Buccs while Jarod Meyer contributed with 10 points of his own. The Buccs again held the rebounding edge by pulling down 36 to Newton's 24.

Tomorrow night the Buccs host another longtime rival in the Bradford Railroaders.

BUCCS 62, BRADFORD 47

December 23, 2000 – COVINGTON
The Buccs have performed well in their last two games and they looked to keep things going against arch-rival Bradford. They had to do it without their leading scorer, Jason Meyer who sat out for the second time in the last three games.

Balance and consistency was the key for the Buccs. Three Buccaneers scored in double digits as they pounded Bradford 62-47 to improve to 5-2 on the season. The Buccs outscored the Railroaders in each of the first three quarters to put the game out of reach going into the fourth period, 50-32. The later part of the fourth period was a change for Coach Craft to see some of his depth. Eight players scored points for the Buccs on the night and they controlled the glass with 34 rebounds to 27 for Bradford. Derreck Shively was dominating under the boards by pulling down 13 rebounds of his own.

The Buccs did struggle from beyond the arch as they only made good on 2 out of 12 from three-points land. The Buccs shot 47 percent from two-point range and made 10 out of 16 from the line. Bradford reached the line 22 times and made good on 18 shots. The Buccs held the Railroaders to only 37 percent from two-point range and 10 percent from three-point range.

Next the Buccs travel to take on an always tough Russia team.

BUCCS 67, RUSSIA 79

December 29, 2000 – RUSSIA
The fourth period woes were back tonight as the Buccs dropped their third game of the year to a powerful Russia team 79-67. The Buccs were outscored 25-11 in the fourth which was the difference in the game.

Again, the Buccs came out strong. Jason Meyer was back and burning the nets. The Buccs took a 17-11 lead in the first but Russia was able to cut the lead to 2 points by halftime, 39-37. The Buccs' lead remained at 2 points at the end of the third as both teams poured in 17 points in the period.

Russia dominated the fourth period by outscoring the Buccs by 14 points in the period. The Buccs were unable to stop the bleeding as Russia kept the pressure on. Fouls were the Buccs downfall as they sent Russia to the line 36 times on the night.

Russia only shot 61 percent from the line but that led to 22 points. The Buccs shot 87 percent from the line but only got there 15 times. Each team pulled down 35 rebounds and the Buccs made 25 shot out of 61 on the game.

Jason Meyer led the Buccs with 26 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. Bert Roeth scored 12 points and Jarod Meyer dropped in 11 points and 9 rebounds.

The Buccs drop their record to 5-3 on the season and they hope to get back on track with some home cookin' as they host Fairlawn tomorrow night.

BUCCS 65, FAIRLAWN 56

December 30, 2000 – COVINGTON
A new year is right around the corner but the Buccs are in the middle of a basketball season that is full of high expectations and ambitions. In the last game of the year 2000, the Buccs want to end the year on the right foot and take some momentum into 2001.

Fairlawn visited the Buccs and the Buccs greeted them with solid defense and a breakout game for Josh Burelison. Burelison was dead on accurate from the field. He only took 8 shots on the night but sank 6 of them, 3 from three-point land. He also went 3 for 4 from the line to lead the Buccs with 18 points and 7 assists.

Burelison and the Buccs jumped all over Fairlawn early. They sank 24 points in the period and held Fairlawn to 10 for a 14-point lead. Just when it appeared as though the Buccs were going to win in a blowout, Fairlawn gradually chipped away at the lead.

By the end of the third period, Fairlawn had cut the lead to 5 points. The Buccs rebounded in the fourth period to shake the fourth period woes. They outscored the Jets 20-16 to take a 9-point win, 65-56.

Along with Burelison's 18 points, Bert Roeth knocked down 17 points and Jarod Meyer sank 15. The Buccs only shot 40 percent from two-point land but was on fire from behind the arch, shooting 55 percent on 6 of 11 shooting.

The Buccs take a 6-3 record into 2001 against National Trail on January 5 at Covington High School.

BUCCS 71, NATIONAL TRAIL 47

January 5, 2001 – COVINGTON
How good can they be? How far can they go?

The sky is the limit for the Buccs baketball team. After struggling through the early part of the season, it appears as if the Buccs are hitting their stride and in line to make a run at the CCC title.

National Trail came to town to tip off the new year and the Buccs threw a New Year's party for the hometown fans. Covington totally dominated the outgunned Trail Blazers for a 71-47 win to improve to 7-3 on the season.

The Buccs put Trail away early by taking a 21-4 lead at the end of the first. Trail bounced back in the second with 12 points but the Buccs increased their lead to 40-16 by halftime.

The third period was a total reverse from the first half. National Trail outscored the Buccs to cut into the lead 49-38. The Buccs finished strong in the fourth with a 22-9 run to take the game 71-47.

Jason Meyer found his stroke by knocking down 23 points to lead the Buccs. Bert Roeth chipped in 14 as 9 Buccaneer' players found the bottom of the net.

The Buccs host the West Milton Bulldogs tomorrow night.

BUCCS 60, MILTON UNION 47

January 6, 2001 – COVINGTON
The Buccs are 5-1 in their last six games and hoped to continue their momentum as they hosted West Milton tonight. The Buccs have shown signs of reaching their expectations but the season is still young.

After a tight first quarter which saw both teams tied at 16, the Buccs began to gradually take over. The Buccs outscored Milton 11-7 to take a slim lead at halftime. Again, in the third, the Buccs outscored Milton to take a 41-34 lead. The Buccs continued their superior play in the fourth to outscore the Bulldogs 19-13 to take the 60-47 win and improve to 8-3 on the season.

The Buccs forced 22 turnovers will only committing 7 of their own. They also shot right under 50 percent on the night and had 25 assits, 7 by Jason Meyer. Three Buccaneers shot in double figures as 8 players put points on the board for the Buccs. Jarod Meyer led the Buccs with 14 points while Jason Meyer and Clint Mohler chipped in 13 and 10 respectively.

The Buccs have 6 days off to rest and they are right back at it as they travel to Tri-Village on January 12.

BUCCS 65, TRI-VILLAGE 47

January 12, 2001 – TRI-VILLAGE
The Buccs' 65-47 win over Tri-Village give them a 4-game winning streak and they've won 6 out of their last 7 games. With battles against Bethel, Twin Valley South and Tipp City coming up in the near future, the Buccs need all of the momentum they can get.

After a close first period which saw the Buccs fall behind 15-13, the Buccs dominated. They got stronger and more dominant as each quarter progressed.

Covington outscored Village 13-8 in the second, 23-15 in the third and 17-9 in the fourth.

Great teams know how to close the show.

Earlier in the season, the Buccs struggled in the fourth quarter but lately they've been able to finish strong. As the season progresses and the Buccs face more talented teams, they will have to continue to perform in the fourth quarter.

Jason Meyer continues to be the Buccs' go-to-guy, so to speak, as he led the Buccs with 24 points. Bert Roeth and Jarod Meyer each knocked down 12 points a piece While Jason Meyer grabbed 9 rebounds.

The Buccs controlled the boards again as they grabbed 30 rebounds to the Patriots' 20 while only committing 8 turnovers.

Covington shot close to 50 percent from the field for the second consecutive game. If the Buccs can continue to control the ball, shoot around 50 percent and control the glass, they will be tough to beat down the stretch.

Next the Buccs travel to Bethel to battle the Bees. Both teams are looking to take a major step forward in the race for the CCC title.

BUCCS 46, BETHEL 70

January 20, 2001 – BETHEL
Steve Fisher was once on the Covington bench running the show with Roger Craft as an assistant. Now, Fisher is the coach of the Bethel Bees and Roger Craft is behind the wheel in Covington. These two coaches (and friends) know each other very well and the respect between the two is apparant.

The coaches can coach the players until their blue in the face but the bottom line is, the players decide the outcome. Bethel and Covington has become a bitter rivalry that crosses the lines to all sports. The football teams battled each other twice in the regular season with the Buccs winning both games and knocking the Bees out of the playoffs. Some of the players that were on the football teams also participate on the basketball teams so the rivalry is fresh in their minds. No matter how much coaching a coach does, once the players are on the floor, its' their show. Roger Craft and Steve Fisher can't shoot the ball.

In a game with high anticipation, the Buccs were beaten by a better team on this night. Bethel totally dominated the game from the opening tip. Bethel had a 19-point lead at the end of the first period which forced the Buccs to try and play catch-up. The 24-5 lead after the first was the Buccs' largest deficit of the season and against a talented team like Bethel, it's a huge task to overcome.

Both teams played pretty even basketball the rest of the way. Covington hung with Bethel in the second by matching them point-for-point, 15-15, but the 19-point lead remained at the half.

The Buccs again hung in there in the third and fourth but was unable to cut into the Bethel's lead. Bethel increased their lead to 21 points after three periods and by the end of the game they had a 24-point win, 70-46.

The first quarter was no indication on the quality of the Buccs' team. The second throw fourth quarters was more of what fans expected when these two teams met. In those three quarters, the Bees held a 5-point edge.

Bethel walked off of the court with a sense of revenge from the football season and the Buccs walked off hoping they get another crack at the Bees. All in all, two great programs battling it out on the floor is something that gets the fans interested in small school basketball. These two programs and coaches are a credit to high school basketball.

Bethel shot and amazing 60 percent from the field while the Buccs struggled with 32 percent from two-point range and 17 percent from three-point land. The Buccs shot 23 times from outside the arch and was outrebounded 32-22.

The Buccs try to regroup as they make their third straight road trip to Twin Valley South on January 26.

BUCCS 63, TWIN VALLEY SOUTH 55

January 26, 2001 – TWIN VALLEY SOUTH
After a dissapointing loss to Bethel and six days to think about it, the Buccs were ready to erase the memory. After all, your only as good as your last game.

The Buccs needed to come out strong against South to get some confidence and get back on the winning trail. Coming in 9-4, the Buccs are still in the hunt for the CCC title and they needed to take care of business regardless of what the CCC leader Bethel does the rest of they way.

Twin Valley South was the beginning of the road back for the Buccs and Covington didn't disappoint.

After trailing 18-15 after one period, the Buccs used a balanced scoring attack to take over. The Buccs went into halftime leading 34-24 and never let up. South hung close but couldn't take the lead the rest of the way.

After three periods, South cut the lead to 7 but the Buccs stayed focussed and finished with a strong fourth period down the stretch to take a much needed 63-55 win.

The Buccs received a balance performance from their starting unit as four players scored in double figures. Jason Meyer led the Buccs with 16 points with Bert Roeth, Josh Burelison and Jarod Meyer dropped in 13, 12 and 10. Jarod Meyer led the Buccs with 8 rebounds while Buerlison distributed 8 assists. The Buccs held the rebounding edge 26-21 and shot close to 60 percent from the field including 2 for 3 from three-point range.

Next the 10-4 Buccs finally get to entertain the hometown fans as they host Tipp City tomorrow night.

BUCCS 82, TIPP CITY 64

January 27, 2001 – COVINGTON
There was a time when Tipp City and Covington battled it out for conference bragging rights. That was when both teams were in the Southwest Rivers Conference. Even though the Buccs play in the Cross County Conference, this rivalry is still alive and well.

To even add to the rivalry, Tipp City's coach, Matt Pond is a Covington grad and was a standout for the Buccs in football and basketball in the mid-'80s. During Pond's senior season at Covington, the Buccs beat the Red Devils 23-0 in football but lost 66-58 in basketball in a season that saw the Buccs finish with a 17-5 record in Bob Huelsman's final year of a legendary coaching career that included a 228-68 record in 13 years.

After Bob Huelsman retired from coaching, Steve Fisher took over with current Buccs' coach, Roger Craft as assistant coach. Now Fisher is in Bethel, Craft is in Covington and Pond is the head man in Tipp City. You can track each coaches experience back to Bob Huelsman.

Bob Huelsman must have been smiling when he witnessed the game between the Buccs and the Red Devils. It must have been deja vu to see two teams that run a version of his own program.

The Buccs jumped out to a 4-point lead by the end of the first period, 20-16. They increased their lead to 34-15 at the half as they used another balanced offensive attack on the Red Devils.

The second half was much similar to the first half, with Covington just a step ahead of Tipp City. The Buccs outscored the Red Devils by 5 points in the third and 6 points in the fourth period to come away with a 82-64 win. The score was an 18-point victory but the game was hardly a blowout. The Buccs gradually built the 18-point lead throughout the game and each quarter was fairly close. The Buccs just won all of the quarters which contributed to the 18-point margin of victory.

Four Buccaneer' players scored in double digits. Again, Jason Meyer led the Buccs with 23 points while Bert Roeth wasn't far behind with 22 points. Josh Burelison has become a scoring threat from the point-quard position as of late by dropping in 15 points. Jarod Meyer contributed 11 points of his own for the Buccs.

At 11-4, the Buccs head back to the road as they travel to Tri County North to battle the Panthers on February 2.

BUCCS 80, TRI-COUNTY NORTH 46

February 2, 2001 – TRI COUNTY NORTH
The Buccs improved to 12-4 on the season with a dominating 80-46 victory over Tri County North tonight. North was outgunned from the beginning as Bert Roeth and company dominated the boards and the scoreboard. Covington brought down 42 rebounds on the night which led to many second and third shot opportunities for the Buccs.

The Buccs got off a fast start by taking a 12-point lead right off of the bat, 20-8. They stretched the lead to 17 at halftime, 35-18.

As it has been the past few games, the Buccs got stronger and more relentless as the game progressed. The Buccs continued to increase their lead in the third as they went ahead 52-33 heading into the fourth. A 28-point burst in the fourth period closed the show on the Panthers and the Buccs to home a 80-46 win.

Bert Roeth led the Buccs with 19 points while Jarod and Jason Meyer chipped in 15 and 12 a piece. Jarod Meyer also grabbed 8 rebounds while Jason Meyer and Josh Burelison ahd 7 assists each. The Buccs shot 58 percent from the field on the night while holding North to 2 out of 21 from three-point range.

Tomorrow night the Buccs face Newton in a rematch from their previous battle earlier in the year that the Buccs won 50-41.

BUCCS 61, NEWTON 45

February 3, 2001 – COVINGTON
It's a great basketball season when the Buccs are 12-4 and they face Newton twice in the same season. The gymnasium becomes packed and the crowd is rowdy. Newton - Covington games are always exciting and intense.

Similar to their previous meeting, which the Buccs won 50-41, the Buccs and Indians battled each other closely early. Neither team could get the advantage as he Indians took a 1-point lead into halftime 21-20.

The third quarter was much of the same as each team traded turns taking the lead. As the third came to a close, the Buccs took a 1-point lead 34-33. In what has become their trademark after struggling earlier in the season, the Buccs dominated the fourth period to close the show. Covington outscored Newton 27-12 to put the game away with a 61-45 victory.

Four players reached double figures for the Buccs in scoring. Jason Meyer led the Buccs with 19, Bert Roeth added 14 and Josh Burelison and Jarod Meyer dropped in 10 points each. The Buccs continue to dominate the glass by outrebounding the Indians 37-18.

Next the Buccs host Ansonia on February 9.

BUCCS 64, ANSONIA 55

February 9, 2001 – COVINGTON
The Buccs continue to roll as they beat Ansonia 64-55 to raise their record to 14-4. The win came at a cost as Josh Burelison went down hard in what was a scarry moment for all of those in attendance. It's unknown whether Burelison will be able to return for the rest of the season but at this point, that's the least of the concern for Bucc fans. Burelison's health is of most importance.

The Buccs started fast against the Tigers in what was a heated battle that is reminiscent of the battles the two schools waged on the football field this past season. The Buccs took a 16-9 lead after the first quarter but Ansonia cut into the lead by halftime. The two teams went into the lockeroom with the Buccs holdinga narrow 30-25 lead.

Ansonia too a 5-point lead after the third period. They oustcored the Buccs 20-10 in the third to take momemtum of the game. The Buccs rebounded by dominating the fourth period. The Buccs outscored the Tigers 24-10 to come away with the 9-point win.

Jason Meyer led the Buccs with 23 points and 7 rebounds. Bert Roeth added 16 points which Harod Meyer knocked down 10 points.

With the win the Buccs improve to 13-4 and hope Josh Burelison will be OK. The Junior point guard has been a leader on the floor and has big shoes to fill. The evnts that unfolded during the game took the luster away from a very impressive win by the Buccs.

The Buccs will have to clear their heads and before tomorrow night's game against Versailles in Tiger land.

BUCCS 59, VERSAILLES 51

February 10, 2001 – VERSAILLES
Playing the game with Josh Burelison on their minds, the Buccs squeaked by an always tough, Versailles Tigers team on the road. Burelison was injured in last night's game with Ansonia and is currently in the hospital recovering from a severe concussion suffered during the game.

The game was close throughout as neither team could get the upper hand. The Buccs held a slim 2-point margin after the first period. Versailles squeezed ahead in the second period and took a 2-point lead into halftime, 30-28.

The difference in the game was the third period. The Buccs outscored the Tigers 14-4 to take an 8-point lead and the momentum into the fourth.

Each team played the other evenly in the fourth as both teams score 17 fourth quarter points. The Buccs did just enough down the stretch to maintain their 8-point margin and come away with a 59-51 win.

The victory improves the Buccs to 15-4 and sixth game in a row.

The Buccs have also won 12 out of their last 13 and are primed for a run in the state tournament coming up in a few weeks.

The Buccs close out the regular season against Dayton Christian on the road February 17.

BUCCS 63, DAYTON CHRISTIAN 59

February 17, 2001 – DAYTON CHRISTIAN
The Covington Buccaneers closed out the regular season with a strong performance against Dayton Christian to improve to 16-4 on the season. The Buccs head into tournament play with a ton of momentum after winning 13 out of the last 14 games. The only defeat the Buccs suffered in the last 14 games was at the hands of the Bethel Bees.

The Buccs struggled to find their stroke in the first half, falling behind 31-28 at the half. They didn't do much better in the third period as Dayton Christian increased their lead to 4 points by outscoring the Buccs 17-16 in the third.

Like all great championship teams, the Buccs dominated down the stretch. Led by Jason Meyer, the Buccs outscored Dayton Christian 19-11 in the fourth period to take a 63-59 win.

On the night for the Buccs, Jason Meyer poured in 22 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Jarod Meyer and Bert Roeth contributed with 12 points each. Jarod also delivered 7 of the Buccs 19 assists on the night.

The Buccs begin the Sectional Tournament at Piqua High School on February 27 against Houston.

SECTIONAL: BUCCS 60, HOUSTON 54

February 27, 2001 – PIQUA HIGH SCHOOL
Shelby County has a history of producing quality basketball teams year in and year out. The Buccs' first round opponent in the Sectional Tournament is one of those teams. Houston traditionally has a way of consistently putting a quality team on the floor. The Buccs have a deep tradition of their own and they also own a 15-4 record.

None of the history, tradition and records matter when the game starts. What matters is who plays solid defense, controls the glass and avoids costly mistakes. That's what the difference was for the Buccs who squeaked by Houston to advance to the second round.

The first half was nip and tuck the entire way. Both teams had their moments but neither team was able to make a run. Houston outscored the Buccs 13-10 in the first stanza and the Buccs returned the trick in the second to tie the game at 23-23 at the half.

The third period was the difference in the game. The Buccs made a run, outscoring Houston 16-8 to take an 8-point lead. Houston battled back in the fourth as the pace of the game picked up. Each team lit up the scoreboard in the fourth with Houston holding a 23-21 edge in the period. The 2-point edge wasn't enough to overcome the 8-point lead the Buccs went into the period with and the Buccs advance with a 60-54 win.

Three Buccaneer players scored in double figures with the Meyer duo leading the way with 16 points each. Bert Roeth knocked down 13 points while Jason Meyer crashed the boards with 14 of the Buccs 28 rebounds.

The Buccs play Russia in the second round of the Sectional Tournament at Piqua High School on March 2.

SECTIONAL FINAL: BUCCS 51, RUSSIA 48

March 2, 2001 – PIQUA HIGH SCHOOL
Sequels are rarely as good as the original. In the Buccs case, they hoped the sequel would be much better than the original. After all, the Buccs lost 79-67 to Russia earlier in the year so it couldn't get much worse. In that game, Russia outscored the Buccs by 14 points in the final period.

In the first period it appeared as if it could get worse for the Buccs. Russia began where they left off from their previous meeting with the Buccs by jumping out to an early 15-8 lead. The Buccs bounced back in the second period by going on a 16-6 run to take a 24-21 lead into halftime.

The third period was a defensive struggle. Both teams were unable to find the bottom of the net on a consistent basis. Russia cut the Buccs' lead to 33-31 by the end of the period.

The fourth quarter is where Russia makes their run, right. Not this time! The Buccs played solid defense and found their stroke. The Buccs dropped in 18 points in the period to take a 4-point win 51-48 and walk away with a Sectional Championship.

Jarod Meyer led the Buccs with 20 points with the other half of the Meyer duo, Jason, dropped in 13 points and pulled down 9 rebounds.

The Buccs improve to 18-4 and advance to the District Tournament against Cedarville at the University of Dayton on March 9.

DISTRICT FINAL: BUCCS 47, CEDARVILLE 45

March 9, 2001 – UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON
It's what every little kid dreams about as they play basketball on a worn out concrete slab in front of their garage. It's a scenerio Jason Meyer has probably played out a thousand times. The game is tied with only seconds left. Take the ball at the top of the key and move toward the basket only to be double-teamed at the foul line. Make a move right and spin to the left. Elevate over both defenders and sink a 15-footer to give your team a 2-point win.

Jason Meyer just lived out a fantasy. With 7 seconds left in the game he drilled a 15-foot jumpshot to give the Buccs a trilling 47-45 victory in front of a packed house on the biggest stage of his life.

The game was a test of two teams that played solid defense. Covington jumped out to an 18-10 lead after the first period. Cedarville was able to cut the Bucc lead to 29-26 at the half. In the third, the Buccs increased their slim lead to 39-34 to set up the thrilling fourth period.

The Buccs looked as though they would pour it on in the fourth by going up by eight with about 4:30 to go. Cedarville picked up the defense and forced their way back into the game. The Buccs committed critical fouls down the stretch which allowed Cedarville to cut the lead to 2 points with about 30 seconds to go. A turnover by the Buccs led to the thrilling finish.

Cedarville tied the game with about 15 seconds to go and had the momentum. The Buccs took the ball down the floor under heavy pressure from the Indians defense. Bert Roeth passed the ball to Meyer and the rest is history.

The win gives the Buccs the District Championship and another crack at Bethel in the Regionals. Bethel handed the Buccs their worst defeat of the season with a 70-46 win earlier in the season.

REGIONAL SEMIFINAL: BUCCS 57, BETHEL 67

March 13, 2001 – UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
All good things must come to an end and unfortunately for the Buccs the end came at the hands of the Bethel Bees in the Regional Semi-Finals. The Bees brought too much firepower for the Buccs to overcome.

The game started out much better for the Buccs than their first meeting with the Bees. The Buccs played with intensity and forced Bethel into early miscues which led to easy points. At the end of the first period the Buccs held a 38-33 lead and had needed momentum going into the second half.

Bethel came out in the second half and made some adjustments the Buccs had difficulty dealing with. They pressure the ball and forced the Buccs to work for every point. Bethel took the lead in the third but the Buccs managed to stay within striking distance. Leading 47-44 going into the fourth, Bethel picked up the pace. Led by Matt Plunkett and Matt Witt, Bethel slowly pulled away. When all was said and done, the Bees walked off the floor with a 10-point win, 67-57.

Jason Meyer led the Buccs with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Jarod Meyer chipped in 14 points while Bert Roeth scored 12.

The Buccs had a great season and they look forward to next season and perhaps another crack at the Bees. The Buccs finish 19-5 and add the District Championship to their trophy case.