COVINGTON, Ind. – The Covington boys’ basketball used a strong fourth quarter on Saturday to take a come-from-behind win over Fountain Central in the Bi-County Holiday Tournament championship game.
The Trojans outscored the Mustangs 18-14 in the final period to win 58-56 and claim the tournament trophy.
Covington came out strong to open the game, going up 8-2 thanks to the scoring of Jordan Ahrens, Travis Coleman and Chandler Spring.
Doug Wallace interrupted the Trojan run with a basket, but Covington then closed out the quarter with a 14-7 run to lead 22-11 after one period.
“We started off playing well in the first quarter offensively,” said Fountain Central coach Jason Good, “but we never stopped them defensively.”
Koby Pierce cut into the margin with a trey to open the second quarter and Ethan Woodrow made a pair of free throws to pull the Mustangs within six but Coleman countered for the Trojans.
Covington saw Ahrens pick up his second foul early in the second quarter and he headed to the bench for the remainder of the half.
Just after Ahrens went to the bench, Fountain Central found the range from distance as Ladd Warner hit a pair of treys and Koby Pierce hit one at the horn that tied the game at 31-all at the half.
Ahrens returned at the start of the third quarter and immediately made his presence known by hitting a three-pointer. Woodrow answered by making a pair of baskets for Fountain Central to give the Mustangs the lead at 35-34.
Covington got a basket to go back in front, but Pierce hit another trey to put the Mustangs up 38-36.
Fountain Central looked as if they might go into the final quarter with the lead, but Ahrens hit a runner at the buzzer to tie the game at 38-all.