Piqua boys look to finish season strong

Piqua hosts Sidney, Elida

Nate Monnin, 33, fights to get off a shot against Butler.

Nate Monnin, 33, fights to get off a shot against Butler.

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The Piqua boys basketball team will look to ride the momentum of a win over Milton-Union into a busy finish to the season.

Piqua will have a double weekend at home with Sidney and Elida, before traveling to Greenville Tuesday.

The Indians will be in for a challenge Friday night,

Sidney, 15-4 overall and 11-1 in GWOC American action, handled Piqua 68-31 in the first meeting.

The Yellow Jackets are led by 6-1 sophomore guard Andre Gordon.

Gordon averages 20.4 points per game, leads the GWOC in assists at 5.9 per game and is among the steals leaders with 2.8 per game.

Isaiah Bowser, a 6-1 junior, averages 11.1 points per game and 6-2 sophomore Ratez Roberts averages 11.0 points, shoots 65 percent from the floor, averages 6.8 rebounds and is among the GWOC shot block leaders at 2.8 per game.

Devan Rogers, a 6-2 junior, averages 8.3 points and 6.8 rebounds.

Piqua is 5-13 overall and 3-9 in GWOC American play.

They are led by the combo of Ben Schmiesing and Nate Monnin inside.

Schmieisng, a 6-1 junior, averages 14.8 points and 6.6 rebounds, while Monnin, a 6-2 senior, averages 11.3 points and is among the GWOC’s leading rebounders at 9.3 per game.

Senior guard Gage Smith is a dangerous 3-point shooter and averages 8,7 points per game.

On Saturday, Piqua will host an 11-5 Elida team.

The Bulldogs are coming off a win over Lima Central Catholic, despite their point guard missing the game due to injury.

Greenville will be another challenge on Tuesday.

The Wave, 11-6 overall and 8-4 in GWOC American play, beat Piqua the first time 72-53 when Monnin did not play.

Greenville 6-6 senior Isaiah Gable is second in the GWOC in scoring, averaging 22.4 points and 7.9 rebounds, while 6-5 senior Aaron Rich averages 16.1 points and 7.4 rebounds.

Senior guard Peter Pandey adds 11.8 points per game.

In other game Friday, Lehman will entertain Ridgemont, Bradford will host Tri-County North, Covington will play at Newton, Miami East will play at Mississinawa Valley, Russia hosts Fairlawn and Versailles entertains St. Henry.

On Saturday, Lehman plays at Miami East, Newton goes to Bradford, Houston hosts Mississinawa Valley and Versailles travels to Urbana.

Nate Monnin, 33, fights to get off a shot against Butler.
https://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2017/02/web1_013117mju_bb_phs_20.jpgNate Monnin, 33, fights to get off a shot against Butler.
Piqua hosts Sidney, Elida