WEST MILTON — Bethel came out and played like a state-ranked team against Milton-Union Tuesday night.
And the Bulldogs just weren’t ready for it.
The Bees came out on fire and stayed on fire — shooting 64 percent from the field for the entire game and controlling the tempo with their defense — en route to a 65-55 win over the Bulldogs.
“They came in like a very confident state-ranked team,” Milton-Union coach Rusty Berner said. “We just didn’t respond very well. They did a good job tonight, and they did a great job on us defensively. They had a very active zone and forced us to take shots we didn’t want to take.”
Bethel, ranked third in the latest Division IV boys basketball poll, was led by Patrick Bain’s 20 points. Christian Pfledderer scored 15 and Christian Hagen added 13.
Milton-Union was paced by Caleb Poland’s 24 points, while Matt Brumbaugh and Ben Stelzer each scored 13.
Miami East 47
CASSTOWN — Miami East faced off with its third opponent in the past 10 days ranked in the state’s top 10.
And while the Vikings (6-6, 4-2 Cross County Conference) fought hard against Division IV’s No. 5 team, undefeated Tri-Village, in the end the Patriots (10-0, 7-0) pulled away for a 59-47 victory Tuesday at Miami East.
The Vikings beat No. 3 Bethel to begin the stretch then fell to No. 7 Troy Christian the next night, ending it with Tuesday night’s loss.
“This was the third time in the last 10 days we’ve played a team in the top 10 in the state. It’s been a tough stretch, but I thought we competed pretty well tonight,” Miami East coach Allen Mack said. “We did outrebound the tonight 26-22, which is the first time we’ve outrebounded someone in a loss. They came in winning by an average of 74-37 to give you an idea of what we were up against, and it was a four-point game at the half with us down 23-19.”
Conner Hellyer was the lone Viking in double figures with 11 points and six rebounds, Damien Mackesy added nine points and seven rebounds, A.J. Hickman had eight points and five rebounds and Brandon Mack added eight points.
“We held their two scorers that came in averaging over 20 points per game in check for the most part, and we matched their physicality,” Mack said. “Give Tri-Village credit, though. Some kids came off the bench and took advantage of us focusing on other guys.”
Miami East travels to Newton Friday.
KETTERING — Troy’s offensive struggles continued Tuesday night on the road at Fairmont as the Firebirds (6-6) handed the Trojans their fourth straight loss, 70-39.
Troy (2-10) trailed 31-18 at the half and never recovered, and Fairmont — which hit nine 3-pointers in the game — put the game away with a 19-7 fourth-quarter performance.
Austin Kyzer led the Trojans with 11 points — the only Troy player in double figures. Tre Hudson added eight and Austin Funderburg scored five.
Troy remains on the road Friday and Saturday, traveling to Greenville then Lebanon.
Other scores: Tippecanoe 49, Versailles 48. Covington 66, Ansonia 51. Arcanum 67, Bradford 37.
• Girls Basketball
Miami East 47,
CASSTOWN — Back-to-back losses to the Anna Rockets in the regional round in the last two years … the Miami East Vikings finally got a little payback Monday night.
Miami East defeated Anna 47-36 behind Ashley and Trina Current’s combined 38 points. Ashley finished with a game-high 21 points, while Trina added 17.
Miami East will play Cross County Conference rival Covington Thursday.
Troy Christian 42,
Yellow Springs 37
YELLOW SPRINGS — Troy Christian (12-1) went on the road and got a huge Metro Buckeye Conference win Monday night, defeating Yellow Springs 42-37.
Lydia Demmitt led the charge with 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Eagles. Morgan Haddad had six points and dropped eight assists, while Meredith Haddad, Jordan Varvel and Hailey Peters all added six points.
“We picked up a big league win on the road against a very aggressive Yellow Springs team,” TC coach Dick Steineman said. “It was a knock down, drag out game … and we were the last team standing. Our kids took over the overtime period — outscoring Yellow Springs 9-4.”