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CENTERVILLE — A one-night delay, was not the wait the Piqua boys basketball team had hoped for.
The Indians, whose game at Centerville was rescheduled from Friday to Saturday, found out why Brook Cupps Elks squad is considered among the best in Southwest Ohio.
Piqua got down early and never recovered in a 90-33 loss.
And as impressive as Centerville was — Piqua coach Heath Butler found some positives in his team’s effort.
“We didn’t hit any shots early,” Butler said. “And Centerville is a very good team. This is a team that was in the regional finals last year. I know people are going to look at the score and say that is the difference in where the two programs are at.
“But, I really felt like if we could have hit a few shots early, this would have been a different game.”
The Elks buried eighth 3-pointers in the opening half.
Kyle Dodson hit four, while Mitch Balser and Alex Rado hit two each.
As a result, Centerville opened a 22-8 first quarter lead and stretched it to 42-21 at halftime.
“When they are hitting like that, the only way you can counter is by hitting shots,” Butler said. “We just weren’t able to get any shots to fall.”
And while Piqua was held to 12 points in the third quarter, Butler was not discouraged.
“You always look at how the kids are going to react when things aren’t going your way,” Butler said. “They stayed together. Our shots were still not falling, but the kids played hard to the end. I thought they reacted well to the adversity.”
Colton Bachman led Piqua with 10 points and Storm Cook added eight.
Centerville used a balanced attack.
Balser scored 22 points and Dodson added 21.
Rado netted 15 and Clayton Schmerber scored 14.
Piqua will now host Springfield Tuesday.
“We are going to have our work cut out for us,” Butler said. “That is another very good team.”
Tate Honeycutt 1-2-4, Xavier Harrison 0-0-0, Erik Vondenhuevel 1-0-2, Colton Bachman 3-3-10, Dan Monnin 0-2-2, Storm Cook 2-3-8, Ryan Neal 0-0-0, Derrick Gullett 1-0-2, Conner Forror 1-2-5, Bailey Lyons 0-0-0. Totals: 9-12-33.
Mitch Balser 9-1-22, Joey Weingartner 2-0-4, Kyle Dodson 8-0-21, Eric Meininger 2-3-7, Alex Rado 6-1-15, Clayton Schmerber 5-4-14, Tyler Grile 1-2-4, Kyle Fedewa 0-1-1, Jeremy Greene 1-0-2. Totals: 34-12-90.
3-point field goals — Piqua: Bachman, Cook, Forror. Centerville: Balser (3), Dodson (5), Rado (2).
Score By Quarters
Piqua8 21 31 33
Centerville 22 42 65 90
Records: Piqua 1-1, Centerville 3-0.