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Tri-Village junior Trace Couch pulls down one of his 12 rebounds Friday against Arcanum
in a Cross County Conference game. Couch netted 23 points as the Patriots downed
Arcanum, 55-32. CNO Photos By Dylan Knoop
Tri-Village remains undefeated in conference play
Speed and experience too much for Arcanum
By George Starks

ARCANUM- When Tri-Village comes to the table to eat, the Patriots don’t talk, they eat and often will devour.

Such was the case Friday as the Patriots remained undefeated in the Cross County Conference with a 55-32 victory over Arcanum in a game that wasn’t as close as the score indicates.

The Patriots took control right from the beginning, jumping out to a commanding 11-0 lead before sophomore Andrew Baker could break the ice at the 3:38 mark of the quarter with a three pointer.

At that point, the Pats finished the frame going on a 6-1 run and a 17-4 lead with one quarter in the books.

“I was really pleased with the tone that we set early,” said TV coach Josh Sagester. “I was especially pleased with our full court man defense. I thought we shared the ball welltonight. We didn’t especially shoot the ball well all night but we did a good job finding the open man and finding Trace (Couch) in the middle.”

Utilizing its speed, experience and size, the Trojans had no true answer for the Patriots.

Couch, a 6-6 junior, was a force in the paint, scoring 23 points and grabbing a dozen rebound. In addition, senior Richards chipped in with 16 markers in support of Couch.

“Trace did a nice job of getting position and our guards did a nice job of finding him,” Sagester stated. “He has a nice touch around the rim a just keeps getting better and better with every outing. He’s been extremely good for us early. To achieve the goals that we have, you need that post presence in the middle and he’s filling that void for us.”

On defense, the ability to cut off the Trojans passing lane and forcing 20+ turnovers, kept the Trojans frustrated all evening.

At the break, the Patriots held 32-11 advantage then held Arcanum to only two points in the third and owning a 47-13 lead.

“Our defense is getting better and we did a nice job of getting position on defense,” Sags said. “Our intensity for three quarters, trying to eliminate their ball screen action and we wanted to make a conservative effort to cut that down. We knew they were going to shoot a lot of perimeter shots and fortunately, we were able to get out hands up and stop a lot of the attack from outside.”

Sagester called off the dogs in the fourth quarter but the game had long been decided as the Patriots were just too much.

“We’ve had the opportunity to play them enough to know what’s coming at you,” admitted Arcanum coach Marcus Bixler. “We were able to prepare for them all week and I thought we had a really good week of practice. The bottom line is that they were able to impose their will on us. They were able to get the ball in the paint which caused us all kinds of problems. Their pressure on our guards created a lot of turnovers and that really set the tone. We went through a couple of really bad lulls especially in the first half. We weren’t defend the ball and defending the paint the way we needed to in order for us to be successful. Give them (TV) credit. They do it and they do it well. They are going to do it until you can take it away and unfortunately, we weren’t able to take it away from them.

With the win, the Patriots went to 9-1 overall and 4-0 in the CCC while the Trojans fell to 2-9 and 1-4 in the conference.

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Senior Gavin Richards his in the paint for two of his 16 points Friday.

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