By Ben Robinson
and Staff Reports
COVINGTON — It was a career night for Covington senior Kadin Presser as he led Covington to a hard-fought 56-46 win over Franklin Monroe on Friday by scoring a career high 28 points — two of those coming on a monster dunk in the third quarter.
And the dunk was the emotional spark Covington needed as a gritty Franklin Monroe team just wouldn’t go away.
His performance was also greatly needed as fellow senior Kleyton Maschino was under the weather with a severe respiratory infection.
Covington built a double digit lead midway through the second quarter, but the visiting Jets cut the deficit to 27-21 at the break thanks to one of five three pointers by Aiden Luchini.
But Presser, who scored nine points in the first half, took over the game in the second half – starting with rare a dunk that brought the Covington faithful to its feet. The senior scored 19 second half points – nine of those coming on 11 free throws as the Jets didn’t have an answer for his inside game.
With Presser leading the way, the Buccaneers pushed their advantage to 41-34 at the end of the third.
Covington then outscored the Jets 15-12 over the remainder of the game with Presser accounting for 13 of the final 15 points for the Buccs.
In all, Presser scored 14 of his points on challenged buckets inside the paint and made 14 of 18 free throws.
Spencer Brumbaugh, Zach Kuntz and Jake Hamilton all contributed nine points a piece for Covington, while Franklin Monroe was led by a 20-point effort by Aidan Luchini and 11 points from Cavin Baker.
The win boosts Covington’s record to 2-1 on the young season and 2-0 in the CCC. The Buccaneers travel to Bradford Saturday night in another league contest.
Troy Christian 44,
Miami Valley 40
DAYTON — Troy Christian won its third straight Metro Buckeye Conference game Friday night, holding off Miami Valley for a 44-40 win in the second game of a four-game road trip.
Brady Clawson had 10 points, six rebounds and five steals, Connor Peters had 10 points and four steals and Isaac Gray had 10 points to lead the Eagles, who led 8-7 after the first, trailed 20-18 at halftime and then outscored Miami Valley 12-4 in the third to take a 30-24 lead into the fourth.
“We trailed at halftime, and gosh, the kids thought it was Christmas because we were giving the ball away like a present. We turned it over 16 times in just the first half,” Troy Christian coach Ray Zawadzki said. “But give my kids credit, they came back out, we made some adjustments at halftime and held them to only four points in the third quarter. I was really proud of the kids and the way they responded.”
After traveling to Mississinawa Valley Saturday, Troy Christian (4-1, 3-0 MBC) travels to Jefferson Tuesday before returning home Dec. 20 to face defending MBC champion Legacy Christian.
Miami East 77,
CASSTOWN — Miami East won its third straight Friday night, forcing 33 Bradford turnovers a 77-26 Cross County Conference victory at home.
The Vikings (3-1, 2-0 CCC) had three players in double figures. Tyler Stapleton led Miami East with 22 points, Brendon Bertsch added 14 points, five assists, six steals and six rebounds, Sam Zapadka had 11 points, Keegan Mahaney had eight points and 10 rebounds and Brayden Young had eight points.
Kegan Fair paced Bradford with eight points and Parker Davidson chipped in six.
West Carrollton 47
WEST CARROLLTON — Tippecanoe scored a big Miami Valley League crossover win Friday on the road at West Carrollton, handing the Pirates their first loss in league play with a 60-47 victory.
After trailing by five at 34-29 at halftime, the Red Devils (4-1, 3-1 MVL Miami Division) shut down the Pirates (3-1, 3-1 MVL Valley) in the second half, outscoring them 17-6 in the third to take a 46-40 lead and only allowing 13 total second-half points.
Three Devils were in double digits on the night and a pair had double-doubles. Ben Knostman led the way with 18 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, Zach Frederick had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Gavin Garlitz had 15 points.
Tippecanoe hosts Greenville Tuesday.
SIDNEY — Lehman’s Brendan O’Leary had a 20-point night Friday and the Cavalier defense was tough all game, leading Lehman to a 47-32 Northwest Central Conference victory over Riverside.
Lehman (2-0, 1-0 NWCC) held a 5-2 lead after a defensive first quarter and an 18-14 lead at halftime. The Cavs then outscored Riverside 12-6 in the third and 17-12 in the fourth to seal it.
O’Leary had 20 points and eight rebounds to lead the way, Luke Frantz added nine points and Justin Chapman had nine points and seven rebounds.
PLEASANT HILL — The Newton boys trailed 15-9, 21-18 and 34-32 in a home CCC loss.
The Indians were led in scoring by Mitchell Montgomery with 13 and Harold Oburn chipped in 7.
Newton falls to 0-4 overall and 0-2 in the CCC and plays at Tri-Village Tuesday.
Other scores: Mississinawa Valley 53, Bethel (2-3, 1-1 CCC) 47.
TIPP CITY — The Tippecanoe girls swimming teams swept Troy and Versailles in a tri-match Friday at the Robinson Branch YMCA, winning with 125 points to Versailles’ 101 and Troy’s 82. The Red Devil boys finished second with 104 points behind the Tigers’ 126, with the Trojans scoring 41.
Winning for Tippecanoe’s girls were: the 200 medley relay team of Tori Prenger, Kailey Longo, Madison Leonard and Simone King (2:06.27), Abigail Hass in the 200 free (2:11.22) and 100 free (1:00.05); Prenger in the 200 IM (2:33.84) and 100 back (1:07.84); King in the 100 fly (1:08.44); and the 400 medley relay team of Haas, Prenger, Leonard and King (4:09.58).
Winning for Tippecanoe’s boys were: Jack McMaken in the 200 free (2:05.65) and 100 fly (59.12 seconds); and Ben Prenger in the 500 free (5:27.68),
Winning for Troy’s boys were: Andrew Oates in the 200 IM (2:13.02) and 100 breast (1:05.18); and Jack White in the 100 free (1:01.4),
Winning for the Trojan girls were: Ally Kyle in the 500 free (6:23.27).