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December 7, 2013

Trojans go to the inside to defeat Mustangs

COVINGTON, Ind. —The Covington Crazies filled the boys basketball student section on Friday night with rain coats and ponchos. They expected their team to rain threes over the Fountain Central Mustangs.

The Crazies’ clever idea didn’t exactly work out as planned. The Trojans made only three shots from the outside. Instead of living on the perimeter, they took advantage of two of the team’s biggest strengths, athleticism and unselfishness, and pulled out a 49-40 win over the Mustangs.

But Friday isn’t the only time this season that the Trojans plan to take advantage of those attributes.

“Run, run, run,” Covington junior guard Jordan Ahrens said. “That is going to be our strategy the whole season. They (the Mustangs) are bigger guys and they weren’t sure if they were in shape enough to play us because we’re a fast team and we like to run and get out there and push the ball.”

Ahrens spent much of his night not running, but rather driving through the lane. There was little Fountain Central could do to slow him down, and by halftime, he had already scored 16 points, grabbed seven rebounds, dished out two assists, and swiped two steals.

He finished the game with 21 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, and five steals, and credited his entire game to his teammates.

“I was able to drive the ball because my teammates were spaced out,” Ahrens said. “I wouldn’t be able to do it without my teammates being spaced, and listening to coach when he said to space the offense out. My game had a lot to do with my team.

“It’s just such a threat,” he added. “Everybody, the whole perimeter was pretty much a triple-threat. That’s how we swing the ball, space the offense. We’ve got some good players.”

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