senior Knox Morris goes airborne for two against Covington
Friday in a Cross County
Conference game. Morris scored a dozen as the
Patriots broke a two game losing skid with a
78-46 win over the Buccs.
CNO Photos by Dylan Knoop
two game losing skid
Covington serves as victim
By George Starks
NEW MADISON- No one can remember the last time Tri-Village dropped back
to back boys basketball games but one thing is for certain.
No one will forget the 2016 season.
Coming off losses to Winchester (1-23) and Miami East (1-26 and first
conference loss since 2014) the Patriots unleashed a ton of fury
against Covington Friday in a 78-46 victory.
It proved to be more of a team effort on a night that will also be
remembered as the final basketball homecoming as Tri-Village move its
homecoming to the football field in the fall.
“We shared the ball really well tonight and got guys in position to be
successful,” Tri-Village coach Josh Sagester said.
On offense, the Patriots put four players in double figures.
Led by senior Gavin Richards with 24, junior Trace Couch added 16 while
seniors Knox Morris and Brett Boyter added 12 and 10 points each.
On defense, the Patriots clicked, causing the Buccs to commit nine
first quarter turnovers.
The defensive barrage led to a 20-7 first quarter Tri-Village lead.
The second quarter proved to be more of the same for the Patriots as
the offense shifted from Richards to the middle and Couch doing the
At the end of the opening 16 minutes, the Pats had made a statement on
both sides of the ball, taking a commanding 35-16 lead.
Even though Jordan Maschino netted 17 for Covington, Sagester was
pleased with the fact his team hel the Buccs scoring maching in check.
“Defensively we were in the right positions, and we did a good job on
Maschino and (Trevor) Miller in the first half. Both of those kids are
pretty good offensively,” Sagester said. “Early on we gave up some
second chance points but we finally got on the defensive glass. We did
a better job of defensive rebounding and getting out in transition. For
whatever reason we have been holding on to the ball instead of making
that pass up the floor and getting our wings underneath us and in a
position to make plays, and tonight we did a good job of pushing the
ball ahead and made good decision with the ball to finish.”
Holding a whopping 63-31 lead after three, it was all but over as the
Patriots would roll to their 15th win of the season and a 9-1 Cross
County Conference record.
On offense, Sagester was more than pleased with all his scorers.
“We got contributions across the board,” said the Patriots bench boss.
“The teams that we have had there that have been very, very good over
the last several years we’ve gotten contributions from the fourth,
fifth, sixth and seventh man, and tonight we were able to do that
across the board.” Sagester said.
“Tyler (VanWinkle), Gavin and Trace are going to gather some attention
but Knox, Brett and Jonny (Wilson) were very good, and I thought Pete
(Brandon Peters) gave us great minutes on both ends of the floor, too.
You always look good when you make 10 threes. That’s why you play home
games. We stubbed our toe in the last two games on the road. We’ve been
pretty good here in the Battleground, and tonight it served us well and
gets us moving forward and back in the right direction..
The Patriots (15-3 overall and 9-1 in the conference) will host Bethel
Gavin Richards get two of his game high 24 against Covington. The
Patriots had four
players in double figures on the night.
Elijah Foreman and Jenna Fisherback were crowned the
King and Queen at Tri-Village Friday.