By Josh Brown
TROY — Playing for the first time this season in front of its home crowd, the Troy hockey team was without both of its regular goalies.
But Caleb Mangas stepped in against Toledo Whitmer, making 13 saves and letting the Trojan offense do the rest in a 9-3 Troy victory Saturday at Hobart Arena.
“Caleb was in goal for the first time ever due to injuries,” Troy coach Phill Noll said. “It was is first time in goal, and he did a nice job.”
A.J. Noll led the offense with two goals and three assists, while Tyler Hess and Prestyn Hoeffler each scored twice. Enrique Alejandre, Troy Moore and Graham Harvey each added a goal.
Troy hosts Southwest Ohio High School Hockey League rival Alter Sunday.
* Boys Basketball
ME 78, TCN 40
CASSTOWN — Miami East barely let Tri-County North keep the basketball Friday night.
The Viking boys basketball team won its fifth straight to start the season Friday at home, piling up 25 steals in an easy 78-40 victory in Cross County Conference play.
“I was very pleased with our intensity,” Miami East coach Allen Mack said. “As a team, we accumulated 25 steals. We created a lot of extra possessions for ourselves, and though we had two players score in the 20s, everyone contributed to the win.”
Damien Mackesy led the way for the Vikings (5-0, 3-0 CCC) with 27 points, eight rebounds and five steals, while Brandon Mack hit four 3-pointers, scored 24 points and added five steals. Logan West had eight points and seven rebounds, Kley Karadak had eight points, Michael Werling had four points, seven steals and five rebounds and Ryan Haney dished out six assists.
Bethel 55, Arcanum 52
ARCANUM — Bethel (5-0, 3-0 Cross County Conference) survived a lackluster first-half performance, waking up in the third quarter and battling hard to the end in a narrow 55-52 victory at Arcanum Friday night.
The Bees trailed by one after the first quarter and had the score tied 27-27 at the break. They then fell even further behind to start the third but got hot halfway through, cutting the deficit to two heading into the fourth and outscoring Arcanum 16-11 in the final quarter to win.
“Arcanum is a well-coached team, and I don’t think we played as well or as hard as we can in the first half,” Bethel coach Brett Kopp said. “But we picked it up in the third and got after it. That was the difference tonight, our effort was maxed out for a quarter and a half.”
Caleb South led the Bees with 19 points and Christian White had a big game with 13 points. Nate Rimkus added seven points, Ian Anderson had six points and 11 rebounds and Jacob Evans had six points and eight rebounds.
Covington 69, TVS 63
COVINGTON — Covington (2-3, 2-2 Cross County Conference) had four players in double figures Friday night as it bounced back from a Tuesday-night loss at Newton with a 69-63 victory over Twin Valley South.
Jordan Maschino led the Buccaneers with 24 points, Tristan Sowers added 17, Jayce Pond scored 14 and Nathan Blei chipped in 10.
The Buccs host Tri-County North Tuesday.
Tecumseh 59, Tipp 51
NEW CARLISLE — In all four of Tippecanoe’s (2-4, 1-2 Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division) losses this season, the Red Devils have been within striking distance in the fourth quarter. But the Red Devils simply couldn’t get over the hump Friday night at Tecumseh, falling 59-51.
Carter Mann led the Devils with 11 points and six rebounds, Jakob Prall had eight points, Nathan Shirley added seven points and six rebounds, Zach Wildermuth and Aaron Hughes each scored six and Zach Bonifas and Joe Tesch each scored five as Tippecanoe was outscored 20-11 in the fourth quarter by the Kenton Trail Division-leading Arrows (5-1, 3-0).
Tippecanoe hosts Bellbrook Tuesday.
Other scores: Newton 66 (4-2, 2-1 CCC), Mississinawa Valley 53. Piqua 86, Sidney 84 OT. Ansonia 55, Bradford (2-4, 1-3 CCC) 36. Waynesfield-Goshen 59, Lehman (1-3) 56.
* Girls Basketball
M-U 54, Dixie 18
WEST MILTON — The Milton-Union girls basketball team won its fourth straight Saturday, outscoring Dixie 20-2 in the third quarter to put away a convincing 54-18 victory.
Kristen Dickison had 13 points and four steals and Taylor Jacobs had 12 points to lead the way for the Bulldogs (8-3, 4-1 Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division). Beyonce Bobbitt added six points, Liz Renner had five points and eight blocks, Jordan Pricer had five points, seven steals and five assists and Michaela Fullmer added five points.
Milton-Union hosts Oakwood Tuesday.
XC 55, TC 37
XENIA — Troy Christian is still searching for its first Metro Buckeye Conference victory this season, having played the top three teams in the league already. Saturday, the Eagles took on Xenia Christian (8-1, 4-0 MBC), falling 55-37.
“We started the game on a 6-0 run, but their quickness really bothered us,” Troy Christian coach Dick Steineman said. “They’re a senior-laden team while we’re still pretty young, and their quickness wore us down.”
Hailey Peters had a big game with 16 points and 16 rebounds to lead Troy Christian (4-3, 0-3 MBC). Kathryn Lee added nine points and six rebounds and Lauryn Lavy had six points and four rebounds.
Troy Christian hosts Yellow Springs Monday.
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