JANUARY 22, 2021 - CASSTOWN
Rivals Covington and Miami East played their final basketball game against each other on Friday as members of the Cross County Conference. Next year the two programs will be members of the newly formed Three Rivers Conference and if what transpired on Friday is any indication of what is ahead in the future, basketball fans are in for a real treat in the new league.
That’s because the Buccaneers and Vikings battled back-and-forth in a game that kept spectators on the edge of their seats until the final buzzer sounded.
To give those who couldn’t attend the game an idea of just how tight the contest was, neither team led by more than six points the entire night.
The host Vikings claimed a 14-9 lead after one as Jacob Roeth and Noah King combined for nine points in the frame, while Nick Prince knocked down a trey and Devon Abshire scored on a short jumper.
Covington’s defense prevented Miami East from extending its lead in the second as the Vikings could only manage seven points in the frame - all by Noah King on a trey, a runner and two free throws.
A pair of three-pointers by Owen Boehringer and Wes Gooding to go along with a layup by Cooper Jay and a stickback by Jack Ballard helped Covington close the gap to 21-19 at the break.
Covington carried the momentum into the second half as Boehringer, Gooding and Jay each connected on three-pointers. The trio accounted for all 16 of Covington’s points in the third as Boehringer and Gooding also connected on jumpers, while Jay hit on three of four free throws to give Covington a 35-32 lead with one quarter to play.
And boy, what an exciting quarter it was in the fourth.
Both teams battled back and forth, responding to big shot after big shot until the game was knotted at 48-48 with Covington holding the ball with just under 1:00 left on the clock.
Working to get an open look for a potential game winner, Covington committed the one mistake it couldn’t afford - a turnover.
Miami East took advantage as Jacob Roeth, who led all scorers with a game-high 15 points, was fouled with 2.6 left on the clock. Roeth hit one of two attempts, but Covington couldn’t get a timeout in time to set up one last shot attempt - resulting in a 49-48 win for the Vikings.
The Vikings had three players score in double figures with Roeth leading the way with his game-high of 15 points. Noah King dropped in 13 points and Nick Prince scored 10.
Wes Gooding led Covington with 14 points - 12 of those coming on four treys. Jake Hamilton had 11 and Cooper Jay contributed with nine points.
The loss drops Covington to 6-10 on the season as the Buccaneers travel to Fairlwan tomorrow night for a second consecutive road contest.
SCORE BY QUARTERS:
Covington - 9 19 35 48
Miami East - 14 21 32 49
Wes Gooding - 14
Jake Hamilton - 11
Cooper Jay - 9
Owen Boehringer - 8
Jack Ballard - 2
Britton Miller - 2
Tyler Alexander - 2
MIAMI EAST SCORING:
Jacob Roeth - 15
Noah King - 13
Nick Prince - 10
Sam Zapadka - 7
Devon Abshire - 4
THREE-POINT FIELD GOALS:
Covington: Gooding (4), Boehringer (2), Jay (1)
Miami East: Roeth (2), Prince (1), King (1), Zapadka (1)