By Josh Brown
GREENVILLE — Earlier this week, the Troy boys basketball team overcame an outstanding individual effort thanks to solid team play and never giving up.
Friday night, another solo performance proved to be too much this time around.
Greenville’s Clay Guillozet had a double-double, piling up 37 points and 10 rebounds and leading the defending Greater Western Ohio Conference North champion Green Wave to a 74-46 victory over the visiting Trojans in both teams’ division opener.
While Greenville was playing with energy, Troy coach Paul Bremigan said his team lacked it.
“Lousy,” he said of the Trojans’ play. “We didn’t play very well. I thought Greenville handed it to us, and that’s pretty much the story. They got a lot of rebounds, a lot of loose balls, and we didn’t get too many.
“Playing a little harder in the second half, but you’ve got to come ready to play. That’s the game, coming ready to play, being ready. It’s more on me than anything. We’ve got to get these guys ready to play. When we come out and play like that in the first half, it doesn’t look good on any of us.”
Romello Yaqub — who hit the game-winning shot in Troy’s 54-53 come-from-behind victory over Fairborn on Tuesday — scored 21 points to lead the Trojans (2-2, 0-1 GWOC North), but he was the lone Trojan in double figures. DeMarcus Moody scored six points and Keenan Kinnel added five.
Isaiah Gable added 16 points for the Wave, which improved to 2-0, 1-0 in the GWOC North.
ME 57, TVS 30
WEST ALEXANDRIA — Miami East entered Friday’s game at Twin Valley South with a plan — do everything possible to keep the Blackhawks from hitting 3-pointers.
And the Vikings (3-0, 2-0 Cross County Conference) accomplished that goal, dominating inside while keeping Twin Valley South from getting hot outside in a 57-30 victory.
“We held them to 25 percent from the field, and they went 3 for 29 from 3-point range,” Miami East coach Allen Mack said. “They had been shooting 32 percent from 3 coming into the game, and we made that a focal point and were able to limit their opportunities. Meanwhile, we were 3 for 6 from 3. We took away the strength of their game and were able to use our size advantage.”
Damien Mackesy led the Vikings with 23 points and six rebounds, Logan West added 13 points and six rebounds, Brandon Mack hit two of those 3s and finished with six points and three steals and Ryan Haney had three points, three assists and five rebounds. Miami East won the battle of the boards 35-18, all while shooting 22 for 46 from the field overall and 10 for 15 from the free throw line.
The Vikings led 13-5 after one quarter but couldn’t extend the lead before halftime, leading 22-14 at the break. A 15-6 third quarter gave them some separation, though, and they closed the game strong with a 20-10 fourth.
“This was a big win for us. Twin Valley South (3-2, 1-1 CCC) was third in our league last year and came into the game 3-1,” Mack said. “We were very pleased to go out on the road like that and come away with a convincing win.”
PS 69, M-U 45
CAMDEN — Milton-Union fell behind early at Preble Shawnee Friday night in a Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division matchup, but a 22-4 second quarter spelled the end as the Bulldogs fell to the Arrows 69-45.
The Bulldogs (0-3, 0-2 SWBL Buckeye) simply couldn’t hold onto the basketball, turning it over 17 times in the first half and falling behind 37-12 by the break. Milton-Union did respond in the third, outscoring Preble Shawnee (3-0, 1-0 SWBL Buckeye) 21-11, but the Arrows sealed it in the fourth.
“We came out in the second half and played much better, put some pressure on them, turned them over,” Milton-Union coach Rusty Berner said. “But that’s been the theme with us — it’s okay to play at that level when we’re down, or when we’re playing a team like Northridge. But we need to get that from the tip.”
Daniel Albaugh led Milton-Union with 12 points, Eric Swartz added 10 and six rebounds, Blake Smith had nine points and six rebounds and Tommy Smith scored six points. Meanwhile, four Arrows were in double figures, with Dylan Weireter leading the way with 15 points.
“The bottom line is that we’ve got a lot of guys playing scared, and by that I mean scared to put their best foot forward in fear of failure,” Berner said. “This was also our first game without Joey Swafford, so we have a group of guys that are trying to figure some things out, where to go from here.”
Stebbins 46, Tipp 42
RIVERSIDE — With the score tied with less than a minute to go, Stebbins was able to make the clutch plays down the stretch, scoring the final four points of the game to squeak past Tippecanoe 46-42 Friday night in Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division play.
Carter Mann had nine points and seven rebounds and Jakob Prall added nine points to lead the Red Devils (2-3, 1-1 CBC Kenton Trail), who trailed by one entering the fourth quarter after a back-and-forth defensive battle. Tippecanoe tied the score at 42-42 late, but the Indians (3-3, 2-0 CBC Kenton Trail) were able to win it late.
Zach Bonifas added eight points, while Aaron Hughes and Joe Tesch each added six for Tippecanoe.
Tippecanoe travels to Tecumseh Dec. 18.
Arcanum 67, Covington 55
COVINGTON — Two Buccaneers topped the 20-point mark Friday night, but Covington (1-2, 1-1 Cross County Conference) was unable to stop Arcanum in a 67-55 loss.
Jordan Maschino led the Buccs with 21 points and Trevor Miller added 20, with Nathan Blei chipping in eight as Covington led 21-18 after the first quarter but was outscored 25-13 over the next 16 minutes.
Covington travels to Newton Tuesday for a non-league girls-boys doubleheader.
TC 51, XC 47
XENIA — Troy Christian’s Metro Buckeye Conference winning streak got put to the test Friday night.
But Seth Wynee came off the bench to score 20 points, helping the Eagles (3-0, 2-0 MBC) hold off a scrappy Xenia Christian (0-5, 0-3 MBC) team 51-47 for its 40th straight win in conference play.
Wynne added five steals and six rebounds and James Anderson posted a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds as the Eagles played without leading scorer K.C. Kamentz. Peyton Spurlock chipped in five points, Jacob Brown had four points and four rebounds and Chase Hayden, Luke Dillahunt and Hayden Hartman scored three apiece.
Other scores: Trotwood 81, Piqua 56.
* Girls Basketball
Newton 60, Bethel 30
PLEASANT HILL — The Newton and Bethel girls basketball teams fought for a half Saturday, but a 19-2 performance by the Indians in the third quarter helped put away a 60-30 victory over the Bees in Cross County Conference play at Newton.
Maddie Mollette led the Indians (6-1, 4-1 CCC) with a game-high 22 points. Macy Flanary added nine, Kaylee Kesler scored eight and Tatum McBride and Aliya Stine scored five apiece as Newton turned a narrow 24-20 lead at halftime into a 43-22 edge after three.
Becky Schwieterman scored 14 to lead the Bees (4-2, 3-1 CCC), Alaina Hawthorn scored six and Kayla Grable and Courtney Schmidt each scored five.
Newton hosts Covington Tuesday, while Bethel hosts CCC-leading Tri-Village Thursday.
Covington 68, MV 41
COVINGTON — After dropping two straight to Versailles and Tri-Village, the Covington Buccaneers won their second straight Saturday, routing Mississinawa Valley 68-41 in Cross County Conference play.
Four Buccs were in double figures in the game. Jessie Crowell scored a game-high 19 points, Carly Shell added 13, Sammi Whiteman had 11 and Arianna Richards scored 10.
Covington (6-2, 4-1 CCC) travels to Newton for a tough test Tuesday.
M-U 59, Greenville 43
WEST MILTON — Milton-Union freshman Kristen Dickison poured in a game-high 26 points, Taylor Jacobs did a bit of everything and the Bulldogs coasted past Greenville 59-43 Saturday at home.
Jacobs added 13 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots, Liz Renner had five points and 10 rebounds and Jordan Pricer added five points for the Bulldogs (6-3), who outscored Greenville 36-20 in the first and third quarters combined to pull away for the win.
Milton-Union travels to Carlisle Thursday.
Other scores: Tippecanoe (6-2) 75, Indian Lake (1-6) 14.
TRENTON — Entering the two-day Edgewood Invitational shorthanded due to illness and a number of wrestlers taking the ACT test Saturday morning, the Troy wrestling team still fought hard to earn a seventh-place finish as a team out of 21 teams, claiming an individual title and a pair of runner-up finishes.
Joe Pascale won a championship in the 106-pound weight class, with teammate Brandon Lewis also finishing fourth in the same class. Davin Snyder (182) and Kobe Scott (138) both finished second, and Frankie Quintero (152) — who lost on Friday — fought all the way back in the consolation bracket on Saturday to take third.
“We’re wrestling well, and the kids are doing everything we’ve worked on,” Troy coach Doug Curnes said. “We were just trying to get through this weekend, and then we’ll have a nice break to get healthy before the (GMVWA) Holiday.
“We did a fantastic job as a team, given what we had and what we brought. With only five placers, we took seventh as a team.”
Troy will next compete at the GMVWA Holiday Tournament on Dec. 28-29 at the Nutter Center.
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