CASSTOWN — The entire game may not have gone the way Miami East boys basketball coach Allen Mack would have liked.
But his Vikings played well enough during the times it did to more than make up for the rest.
Miami East (1-0) jumped out to a 19-point lead in the first half of Friday’s season opener against Northwestern, then after the Warriors cut the lead to single digits before halftime the Vikings blew it right back up in the third quarter, cruising to a 59-41 victory at home.
“We played very well in a couple of spurts,” Mack said. “We jumped out to a 25-6 lead, they cut it to 26-17 at the half — but then we responded out of the third-quarter gate. We didn’t finish the game as strong as I would have liked, but it was a solid opening win and everyone saw some action, which was good.”
Damien Mackesy dominated with 25 points and 15 rebounds to start the season, with Logan West adding 13 points and five rebounds and Brandon Mack adding 11 points, five rebounds and three steals. All told, the Vikings outrebounded the Warriors 44-27 — including 21-11 on the offensive glass.
“We had 18 second-chance points, forced 10 steals and scored 12 points off of turnovers,” Mack said. “Hustle plays, rebounds, points off turnovers and second-chance points, those went a long way toward getting us the win tonight.
“Everyone is kind of establishing new roles and experiencing some changes with the amount of experience we graduated, but it was good to come out and get a good, solid win. We still played very well tonight, especially during a couple of stretches.”
Ryan Haney added five points for the Vikings, Kley Karadak scored three and Michael Werling chipped in two.
Miami East is back in action Dec. 4 at Arcanum to open Cross County Conference play.
JV score: Miami East 46, Northwestern 19.
Bradford 55, Ansonia 44
BRADFORD – Mackenzie Perry hopes Friday night was the start of a new era of Bradford basketball.
After finishing 0-23 last season, Bradford began the 2015-16 campaign Friday night with a 55-44 victory against Ansonia — a win the Railroaders’ first-year head coach thinks is just the beginning of a turnaround.
“It’s the beginning of a new era,” Perry said. “It’s the beginning of a new era of Bradford basketball.”
Bradford beat Ansonia with a balanced scoring attack as four Railroaders scored in double-digits and a fifth added nine points. The Railroaders were especially strong in the second half when they outscored Ansonia 38-21.
Drew Patty and Josh Phillips each had 12 points to lead Bradford (1-0, 1-0 Cross County Conference), while Andy Branson and Parker Smith each scored 10. Alex Swabb added nine points and Dialaquan Millhouse scored two.
It was Bradford’s first win since Feb. 8, 2014.
* Girls Basketball
TC 42, MV 32
UNION CITY — The Troy Christian girls basketball team is off to a hot start to the season, winning its first two games in impressive fashion and concluding opening week with a 42-32 victory on the road at Mississinawa Valley on Saturday.
Arden Kamentz led the Eagles (2-0) Saturday with 10 points and seven rebounds, Lauren Lavy added eight points and 11 rebounds and Kathryn Lee had eight points and seven rebounds as Troy Christian used its size to remain in front throughout the tight game.
On Tuesday, Troy Christian had an easier time, defeating Jefferson in the season opener 51-15. Kamentz again led the team with 16 points and six rebounds, Lavy had 13 points and six steals and Lee had eight points and five steals.
Troy Christian returns home Thursday to face Miami Valley, the team favored to win the Metro Buckeye Conference in the preseason.
Arcanum 42, M-U 24
WEST MILTON — Milton-Union hung tough for one half Saturday, but the Bulldogs fell as Arcanum pulled away in the second half for a 42-24 victory.
Milton-Union (2-2) trailed 10-8 after one quarter and 22-16 at the half, but Arcanum (2-2) more than doubled that lead in the third, going up 35-22 heading into the final quarter and oly allowing two Bulldog points from there.
Liz Renner and Kristen Dickison each scored nine points to lead the Bulldogs, Jordan Pricer added four and Taylor Jacobs scored two.
Arcanum’s Stevie Johnting scored 12 to lead all scorers, while Alexis Abner added 10.
Milton-Union travels to Twin Valley South Tuesday.
VERSAILLES — It was as simple as 1-2-2.
For one quarter, the Covington girls basketball team was able to handle the Versailles girls basketball team’s 1-2-2 full-court press — but, the final three quarters were a very different story.
The Lady Buccs were leading 8-6 late in the first quarter, before the Lady Tigers’ pressure sparked a 17-2 run and Versailles went on to a 49-25 victory that left both teams at 3-1 on the season.
With Jessie Crowell and Brooke Gostomsky scoring four points each, Covington had a two-point lead late in the opening quarter.
“We knew weren’t going to come in here and dominate Versailles,” Covington coach Craig Maschino said. “I felt like we had to play our very best today — anything less wasn’t going to do against them. And I thought we played a pretty good first quarter.”
Covington had just one field goal in each of the final three quarters, going three for 22 from the floor in that stretch as Versailles pushed the lead to 25-13 at halftime and 41-17 after three quarters.
“I have been talking to the girls since the beginning of the season about not trying to throw over the top of a press,” Maschino said. “When you do that and they have a 6-foot-2 girl, that is what is going to happen. The second and third quarters especially, when you are not getting shots because of turnovers, it is hard to score.”
McEldowney led Versailles with 12 points.
Brooke Gostomsky had six points and six rebounds for Covington. Rayna Horner and Jessie Crowell had six points each and Carly Shell grabbed five rebounds.
Covington hosts Tri-Village Tuesday in a big Cross County Conference test.
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