By Josh Brown
BRANDT — Names carry lots of meaning sometimes.
“We run a free throw drill in practice called ‘win the game.’ If the kids don’t make a certain number, they’ve got to run,” Bethel boys basketball coach Brett Kopp said.
After not making them early in the game, the Bees went 11 for 13 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter — with Caleb South going 7 for 8 himself — helping Bethel (4-0) hold on for a 64-52 victory Tuesday night against non-league rival Greeneview.
“We weren’t hitting very many early in the game,” Kopp said of the team’s free throw shooting. “Really, we didn’t play our best game tonight, but we still got the win. And that’s what we talked about after the game, covercoming adversity. That’s what the kids did tonight, and we got the win.”
South, the Bees’ sophomore point guard, scored a game-high 24 points — one of three Bees in double figures. Nate Rimkus hit four 3-pointers in the game and added 15 points and Evan Hawthorn scored 11 tough points inside. Jacob Evans added eight points, Tyler Terry scored four and Christian White chipped in two.
Bethel held a slim 15-12 lead after one quarter and built that to 10 at halftime, 28-18. Greeneview (1-4) matched its first-half output in the third quarter, though, trailing 45-36 going into the fourth — but the Bees put the game away from the line.
Bethel travels to Arcanum Friday and Yellow Springs Saturday.
Madison 48, M-U 36
MIDDLETOWN — Milton-Union continued to struggle Tuesday night, falling behind by 16 after the first quarter and never being able to climb out of the hole in a 48-36 loss at Madison in a Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division matchup.
The Bulldogs (0-5, 0-2 SWBL Buckeye) trailed 20-4 after the first quarter — only to hold the Mohawks (4-2, 1-1 SWBL Buckeye) to five points in the second, making the score 25-13 at the half. The two teams played even from there, leaving Milton-Union still searching for its first win of the year.
“We had eight turnovers in the first half, and six of those were live,” Milton-Union coach Rusty Berner said. “We again created a lot of offense for the other team. We didn’t shoot the ball well in the first, either, going 2 for 7 from the field — we had more turnovers than shot attempts. We dug a big hole.
“We did a better job of not giving the ball away in the second quarter, and we got the ball inside. We had a pretty big size advantage, and we began to use it. We cut the lead to seven at one point in the third and I thought we were going to get over the hump, but we’re just not shooting the ball well right now.”
Daniel Albaugh led the Bulldogs with 11 points and Eric Swartz added nine points and 10 rebounds. Tommy Smith added five points, while Blake Smith and Ryan Moore both chipped in four.
“We shoot well in practice and even in scrimmage situations,” Berner said. “But when you’re not shooting the ball well and you’re turning the ball over live, it’s an uphill battle. But our kids are playing hard. They battled. I just need to do a better job of teaching them how to handle pressure. I don’t question their effort at all.”
Milton-Union finishes its five-game road trip Saturday at Arcanum.
Other scores: Piqua 67, West Carrollton 38. Fort Loramie 49, Lehman 29.
Girls basketball score: Piqua 55, West Carrollton 47.
Troy Sweeps Xenia
XENIA — The Troy bowling teams swept Xenia on the road Tuesday in Greater Western Ohio Conference crossover action, with the girls cruising to a 2,362-1,929 win and the boys holding on for a narrow 2,371-2,335 victory.
A’leigha Smith rolled 224-223—447 to lead all bowlers on the day for the undefeated Troy girls (7-0). Rachel Darrow added 209-182—391, Kirsten McMullen rolled 186-181—367, Jenna Stone rolled a 223 game, Alyssa Shilt added a 165, Cassidy McMullen a 161 and Sierra Brown a 113.
Landon Flory led the Trojan boys (2-5) with 212-197—409, Aaron Stone rolled 200-191—391, A.J. Kendall rolled 185-170—355, Logan Jones rolled 172-158—330 and Hayden Jackson rolled 187-136—323.
Troy hosts Northmont Thursday.
LEWISTOWN — Tippecanoe’s Charles Jaynes bowled 10 straight strikes Tuesday to kick off a tri-match at Indian Lake, just missing a 300 game as the Red Devil boys finished second with 2,416 behind Ben Logan’s 2,665 and ahead of Indian Lake’s 2,216. The Tippecanoe girls, meanwhile, lost to Ben Logan 1,843-1,656.
Jaynes rolled 289-157—446 to lead the boys (3-4, 2-3 Central Buckeye Conference), Stephen Ridgeway rolled 148-223—371, Wyatt Wilson rolled 171-162—333, Nick Lanham rolled 193-135—328 and Tyler Gledel rolled 147-121—268.
Mary Kate Lee led the girls (1-5, 1-3 CBC) with 138-160—298, Kenzie Maxton rolled 144-113—257, Ashlyn Herzog rolled 106-125—231, Jessica Goodson rolled 125-99—224 and Reegan Brown rolled 115-91—206.
Tippecanoe hosts Graham Friday at Troy Bowl.
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