By Rob Kiser
The Piqua boys basketball plan was to stay close to unbeaten Trotwood-Madison and try to shock the state.
For one half, the Indians did exactly that before the Rams pulled away for a 73-45 victory at Garbry Gymnasium Friday.
Piqua dropped 2-7 overall and 1-1 in GWOC American action, while Trotwood improved to 7-0 overall and 5-0 in GWOC American action.
With Ben Schmiesing scoring the first four points for Piqua, the Indians were even at 4-4, before Trotwood-Madison opened a 15-7 lead by quarters end.
But, Piqua rallied in the second quarter, with an 11-2 run to start the quarter.
A basket and three by Nate Monnin closed the Indians to within 15-12, before Torrey Patton scored for Trotwood to make it 17-12.
But, Caleb Patton and Gage Smith answered with 3-point field goals and suddenly Piqua led 18-17.
But, the Rams would respond to open a 29-20 halftime lead.
One of the keys for Piqua in the opening half was turning the ball over just six times, but the Indians couldn’t match that success in the second half, turning the ball over 15 times.
The Indians had a couple nice baskets in the third quarter, with Devon Brown scoring off a Ben Schmiesing assist and Schmiesing scoring on a Hayden Schrubb assist.
But, the turnovers eventually took their toll.
Trotwood led 47-30 after three quarters.
Nate Monnin opened the fourth quarter with a threet, but Piqua could never cut the deficit back to single digits.
Myles Belyeu led the Rams with 20 points.
Patton had 18 points and seven rebounds, Amari Davis scored 13 and Amir Davis added nine.
Patton led Piqua with 11 points, Brown scored 10 and Monnin added 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
Piqua was 14 of 48 from the floor for 29 percent and 13 of 22 from the line for 59 percent.
Trotwood was 29 of 53 from the floor for 55 percent and 10 of 20 from the line for 50 percent.
The Rams won the battle of the bards 26-22 and had 10 turnovers to Piqua’s 21.
Piqua will be back in action Tuesday, hosting West Carrollton
Amari Davis 6-0-13, Myles Belyeu 7-4-20, Amir Foster 4-0-9, Justin Stephens 0-0-0, Torrey Patton 6-6-18, Carl Blanton 3-0-6, Sammy Anderson 2-0-5, Hezikiah Shaw 1-0-2, Caleb Johnson 0-0-0. Totals: 29-10-73.
Nick Rigola 0-0-0, Caleb Patton 2-6-11, Hayden Schrubb 0-0-0, Nate Monnin 4-0-10, Ben Schmiesing 3-0-6, Xion Harrison 0-0-0, Gage Smith 1-2-5, Devon Brown 4-2-10, JJ Rohrbach 0-0-0, Cory Cottrell 0-3-3, Cameron Ashton 0-0-0, Holden Yount 0-0-0. Totals: 14-13-45.
3-point field goals — Trotwood: Davis, Belyeu (2), Foster, Anderson. Piqua: Patton, Monnin (2), Smith.
Score By Quarters
Trotwood 15 29 47 73
Piqua 7 20 30 45
Records: Trotwood 7-0 (5-0), Piqua 2-7 (1-5).
Reserve score: Trotwood 72, Piqua 44.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.