SIDNEY — Having already dropped 7 of their last 8 and now minus one head coach, the Troy Trojans needed something to go their way.
But they simply couldn’t get free throws to fall.
Troy (3-14, 1-8 Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division) was 3 for 16 from the charity strip at Sidney, and the Yellowjackets were able to avenge a prior 58-52 loss by handing the Trojans a 61-56 defeat Friday night, the Trojans’ third straight loss.
Troy head coach Tim Miller was serving the first game of a self-imposed two-game suspension stemming from an incident at his son’s Troy Junior Basketball game on Jan. 25. Assistants Mark Evilsizor and Brett Kopp coached the team Friday night and will again tonight when the Trojans host Miami East.
Before then, they’ll be working on free throws.
“We were 3 for 16 in the game and missed five front ends of one-and-ones,” Evilsizor said. “We’d get the lead to about six points, but we could never push it beyond that. We just can’t miss that many free throws, that many front ends especially.”
Troy held a 45-39 lead going into the fourth quarter, but that’s when Sidney’s (5-14, 2-7 GWOC North) came alive. He scored 11 of his 15 points in the fourth to lead the Jackets back.
“At one point, we took a 52-51 lead after (Taren) Kinnel hit a 3, but they kind of took it over after that,” Evilsizor said. “They just seemed to hit everything they put up, and we couldn’t get an offensive rebound.
“We scored 19 in the third and then gave up 22 in the fourth. But you’ve got to credit Sidney. They just hit big shots down the stretch, and we could not get a stop.”
Tre Hudson led the Trojans with 15 points, while Kinnel and Austin Kyzer each scored nine and Camren Adkins and Austin Funderburg both added six.
The Trojans host Miami East tonight looking for answers on how to get to the next level.
“We’re close,” Evilsizor said. “But the key was not being able to extend the lead on the road. We can’t miss five front ends and we’ve got to get rebounds down the stretch.”
Miami East 55,
CASSTOWN — Miami East outscored Bradford 32-11 in the first half en route to an easy 55-23 victory Friday night in Cross County Conference play.
A.J. Hickman led all scorers with 15 points for Miami East (8-9, 6-5 CCC), Conner Hellyer hit three 3s and added 11 points and Damien Mackesy scored 11 more.
Miami East will look to get back to the .500 mark tonight at Troy, while Bradford (2-16, 1-10 CCC) travels to Newton tonight.
WEST MILTON — After almost a week off thanks to cancellations, the Milton-Union Bulldogs came out flat against Madison but still nearly found a way, falling 42-39 Friday night.
Caleb Poland scored 18 points and Ben Stelzer and Kenton Dickison each added seven as Milton-Union (9-6, 5-4 Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division) played even with the Mohawks (9-9, 4-7 SWBL Buckeye) in every quarter except the second, where Madison outscored Milton-Union 8-5.
“We just didn’t play well enough to win,” Milton-Union coach Rusty Berner said. “I didn’t do a good enough job of getting the kids prepared through all of these layoffs.”
Milton-Union travels to Franklin Monroe tonight and Arcanum Tuesday night.
Other scores: Franklin Monroe (17-1, 10-0 CCC) 59, Covington (5-14, 5-6 CCC) 36. Trotwood (16-2, 9-0 GWOC North) 90, Piqua (10-8, 4-5 GWOC North) 51.
Troy Sweeps Tri
GREENVILLE — The Troy Trojans will head into the postseason on a high note after a strong performance Friday night as the wrestling team defeated West Carrollton 54-15 and host Greenville 46-28 at a tri-match Friday night to close out the regular season.
Eric Cannaday (132), Frankie Quintero (152), Devin Burke (160) and Alex Dalton (285) all scored pins against West Carrollton. Cannady and Kevin McGraw (182) then had pins against Greenville and Quintero (145) won via tech. fall.
The Trojans kick off Division I sectional tournament Friday.
No other results were available at time of press, including the Division I and II swimming sectional tournaments and the Central Buckeye Conference bowling tournament.