By Josh Brown
DAYTON — The Troy boys basketball team will enter the new year on a four-game losing streak.
But they also can take a little momentum with them.
After falling behind in the first half Tuesday at Belmont, the Trojans began pouring in points late — they simply couldn’t stop Belmont from answering in a 72-66 non-league loss.
“The kids played hard in the second half,” Troy coach Paul Bremigan said. “We were very pleased with the effort. We were down by 12 to 14 points at times but kept battling, scored 33 points in the fourth quarter, and we got scoring from guys that haven’t been scoring a lot, so that’s a positive.”
Ryan McClurg led the Trojans (2-6) with 21 points, Austin Persinger added 19 and Romello Yaqub scored 10.
After a 2-1 start to the season, Troy faced two of the toughest teams it will see all season in Greenville and Trotwood, both losses. The Trojans held the lead going into the fourth quarter against Springfield Shawnee on Saturday, eventually falling 46-44.
“We’ve got to be able to defend in all kinds of games, all paces of play,” Bremigan said. “We gave up some easy shots tonight, but we also missed about 10 layups, and we just can’t do that.”
The Trojans travel to West Carrollton Jan. 5.
Miami East 82,
National Trail 25
CASSTOWN — Four Vikings were in double figures Tuesday night as undefeated Miami East (7-0, 4-0 Cross County Conference) tuned up for its biggest test to date with an 82-25 victory over National Trail.
Damien Mackesy was 11 for 15 from the field, leading the way with 25 points, six rebounds and three steals. Logan West added 14 points and nine rebounds, Braxton Donaldson came off the bench to hit three 3s and score 11 points and Ryan Haney added 10 points and five assists. Kley Karadak added nine points and Brandon Mack scored seven.
The Vikings shot 57 percent from the field as a team while holding the Blazers (1-7, 0-3 CCC) to only 20 percent. East led 20-6 after the first quarter, 37-10 at halftime and 65-15 going into the fourth.
The Vikings will be challenged next week, though, playing in the Versailles Holiday Invitational. They’ll take on Chaminade Julienne at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, with Versailles and Anna playing in the late game.
“It will definitely be a challenge,” Miami East coach Allen Mack said. “CJ is one of the best defensive teams in the area. After our start, we’re looking forward to it. It’s going to be important to have games like this under our belt for later in the season.”
Tipp 50, Bellbrook 39
TPP CITY — Tippecanoe started Tuesday’s game against Bellbrook hot, building a 14-point halftime lead and maintaining control throughout in a 50-39 victory at home.
Aaron Hughes led the Red Devils (3-4) with 12 points, seven rebounds and four steals and Joe Tesch added 10 points and five rebounds. Nathan Shirley pitched in nine points, Jakob Prall had seven points and five assists and Carter Mann had six points.
Tippecanoe led 15-8 after the first quarter and 29-15 at the break, but Bellbrook (2-6) kept pace from there, going into the fourth quarter down 40-28. Still, the Devils’ lead was big enough to withstand any Golden Eagle rally attempts.
Tippecanoe will compete in the Piqua Holiday Tournament next week, kicking off play against host Piqua Tuesday.
Covington 47, TCN 46
LEWISBURG — The Covington Buccaneers won their second straight Tuesday, claiming a thrilling 47-46 victory at Tri-County North in Cross County Conference play.
The Buccs (3-3, 3-2 CCC) will compete in the Piqua Holiday Tournament next week, taking on Russia Tuesday.
TVS 48, Bethel 40
BRANDT — Bethel (5-2, 3-1 Cross County Conference) dropped its second straight game Tuesday night as Twin Valley South (4-3, 2-2 CCC) won its second straight with a 48-40 victory over the Bees at Bethel.
Bethel hosts Emmanuel Christian Dec. 29.
TV 82, Bradford 37
BRADFORD — There was little Bradford (2-5, 1-4 Cross County Conference) could do to stop defending Division IV state champion Tri-Village (5-1, 4-0 CCC) Tuesday night in an 82-37 loss at home.
Andy Branson had 10 points to lead the Railroaders, who host Middletown Christian Jan. 2.
* Girls Basketball
M-U 32, Oakwood 30
WEST MILTON — Milton-Union and Oakwood battled back and forth in a defensive slugfest all Tuesday night, and in the end the Bulldogs took the advantage and held on for a hard-fought 32-30 victory at home.
“All year long we have told the girls that they can compete with any team we face,” Milton-Union girls basketball coach Katie Roose said. “I think our girls are finally starting to believe it. They are playing hard and bringing energy each and every game.”
Michaela Fullmer led Milton-Union (9-3) in scoring with eight points and added three rebounds and three assists, Bri Stone added six points and seven rebounds, Jordan Pricer had five points and three steals and Taylor Jacobs had five points, six rebounds and three blocks.
The Bulldogs took a 13-4 lead after one quarter, but the Jills (5-5) reversed that in the second, tying the score at 17-17 at halftime. Milton-Union took a 28-23 lead after three and was able to hang on from there.
“We aren’t going to be satisfied, though,” Roose said. “We’re going to enjoy this win over Oakwood tonight, but we’re back to work tomorrow to get ready for Covington after the first of the year.”
Milton-Union faces Covington Jan. 4.
GREENVILLE — Troy girls and boys bowling teams opened Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division play Tuesday with victories at Greenville, as the girls remained undefeated with a 2,130-1,565 victory and the boys edged the Green Wave 2,028-2,015.
Jenna Stone was the only bowler to crack the 400 mark on the day, leading Troy’s girls (9-0, 1-0 GWOC North) with 208-232—440. Rachel Darrow added 196-183—379, Kirsten McMullen rolled 156-171—327, A’Leigha Smith rolled a 201 game, Cassidy McMullen a 190, Alyssa Shilt a 164 and Jennica Funderburg a 146.
Landon Flory led the Trojans boys (3-6, 1-0 GWOC North) with 189-199—388, Aaron Stone rolled 203-177—380, Hayden Jackson rolled 176-162—338, Jason Shiltz rolled 128-175—303 and A.J. Kendall rolled 100-202—302.
Troy returns to action Monday, competing in the Holiday Tournament at Eastern Lanes.
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