By Robbin Kiser
February 22, 2014
NEW CARLISLE — Miami East’s defense may have given up more than 30 points for the first time in five games Saturday.
But it was still a Vikings victory … and a tournament one, at that.
No. 13 seed Miami East (13-10) won its fifth straight Saturday night, outscoring seventh-seeded Waynesville 16-6 in the second quarter to take control and never letting go in a 56-42 victory in the opening round of the Division III sectional tournament at Tecumseh High School.
Damien Mackesy had 22 points, six rebounds, three steals and two blocks and A.J. Hickman had 17 points, three assists and two steals to lead the way. Conner Hellyer added nine points, Nick Beard had three points and a game-high 12 rebounds and Brandon Mack had three points as the Vikings were 14 for 16 from the free throw line to seal it.
“It’s really been the defensive end that’s come around for us,” Miami East coach Allen Mack said. “But tonight we had a good offensive game, too. We were 19 for 31 from the field, 14 for 16 from the free throw line and outrebounded them.”
Miami East will face No. 4 Northridge at 6 p.m. tonight.
The Covington boys basketball team had its season end Saturday with a 67-45 loss to Mechanicsburg in Piqua D-IV action.
Andre Benedict led the Buccs with 22 points.
The Bradford boys basketball team couldn’t stop Fort Loramie in a 90-29 loss in Piqua D-IV sectional play.
Nick Rank led Bradford with 16 points.
The Newton boys basketball team lost 110-52 to Tri-Village in Troy D-IV sectional action.
Cody Alexander scored 14 points and Brady McBride added six.