COVINGTON, Ind. – A quick start was the difference when Covington hosted Attica in the opening round of the boys’ Bi-County Holiday Tournament. The Trojans opened with a 13-2 run en route to a 57-40 victory.
Attica managed just one basket in the first six and a half minutes of the game while Covington was getting scoring from five players. The Trojans kept the 11-point margin after one quarter at 17-6.
“We’ve had a tendency in our games to dig a hole at the start of games,” said Rambler head coach Chuck Hutchins. “We talked before the game about not doing that, but we’ve still got to work on it some more.”
Once the Ramblers hit their second basket, a jumper by Bryce Cooper, the team began to find their shooting eyes. Brady Sheridan hit a jumper and Keetin Arnold went to the line to shoot free throws after his teammates got him the ball inside the paint.
Covington continued to get points from all over the floor whether it was a trey from Halen Noble or a lay-up from Travis Coleman. They pushed their lead up to eighteen at 27-9 before Cooper hit two baskets and a three-pointer to make it 29-16 at halftime.
When the two teams played a few weeks ago, Covington did much as they did in this contest and opened a good-sized early lead. The difference in this game was that Attica did not bounce right back as they had in the previous meeting.
Covington coach Kent Chezem gave credit for this to his defense, saying, “Our defensive consistency was better tonight. We kept after them and used our length advantage to bother them.”
Chezem says the team keeps track of deflections and his team had quite a number of them in this game, especially in the first half.