“We started playing better defensively in the second quarter,” said Good, “and nobody did much in the third quarter, but we couldn’t turn them over in the fourth.”
It was Covington who turned up the defense in the fourth quarter and it started with Spencer McCone.
“Spencer came out and hit a huge three, but he made a big defensive play right before that,” said Covington coach Kent Chezem. “His play out there gave us a huge lift.”
Ahrens put the Trojans up 40-38 at the start of the fourth quarter, but then picked up his fourth foul and again went to the bench. McCone came it at that point, made the defensive play that Chezem mentioned then hit a three-pointer that put Covington up 45-39.
After the teams traded some foul shots, Fountain Central still trailed by five with about three minutes to go and called a timeout.
Chezem used the Mustang break to put his team into their spread offense, but he was not happy with the play of his team in that final span.
“We had too many turnovers and missed too many free throws,” he explained. “We need to play better in closing out games.”
The Mustangs made a final run but the Trojans were in the double bonus and made enough free throws, perhaps not enough for their coach, but enough to hold off the visitors for the win.
“This was the best we’ve played all year,” said Good of the Mustangs. “It’s still only game seven or eight and we’re still taking steps forward to get ready for February.”
Chezem said he was pleased with defense played by his guards.
“With Brennan [Wright] out [injured from the night before], we struggled to find a game play to handle their inside game. Our guards did a good job of keeping them from getting the ball inside the post.”