By Rob Kiser
Piqua boys basketball coach Heath Butler continued to see progress as Piqua closed the scrimmage season against Arcanum.
The Indians won three of eight quarters and three other quarters were decided in the closing seconds.
“I think if you watched us from the first scrimmage to the second scrimmage to this one, we have shown improvement with each one,” Butler said. “I think the guys with experience started to show themselves today.”
Caleb Patton gave the Indians a spark in the early going, while Devon Brown did the same late in the scrimmage.
“Those are two guys that don’t necessarily have to have the ball,” Butler said. “But, there are times we are going to need them to step up. So, it was good for them to show themselves today.”
Patton scored Piqua’s first seven points and Nate Monnin had a putback to give Piqua a 9-6 lead in the opening quarter, before Arcanum won 12-10.
Ben Schmiesing and Monnin had two baskets each in the second quarter — including one 3-point play each — and Hayden Schrubb and Patton added baskets as Piqua won 14-6.
“We have (Ben) Schmiesing), Nate (Monnin) and Hayden (Schrubb) who can work the boards inside,” Butler said. “Another guy, who it really didn’t show today — was Gage Smith. He has the ability to stretch the defense and we need him to knock down those shots. He is a guy who can miss four in a row and then make four in a row.”
Xion Harrison started the third quarter with two threes and a added a field goal as Piqua won 15-9.
Patton had a three-point play and Schmiesing and Monnin both scored.
“I thought we did play well at times,” Butler said. “We had some guys who started to find their roles.”
After a 15-2 loss in the fourth quarter, Piqua lost 11-9 and 7-6 in the fifth and sixth quarters.
Smith had hit three to tie it 9-9 in the fifth quarter with 13 seconds left.
After Arcanum hit two free throws, Piqua was unable to score.
Piqua had the last possession in the sixth quarter as well.
“That just comes from it being early in the season,” Butler said. “We executed, but we didn’t finish what we needed to do in those situations.”
Brown scored six straight points and added a three-point play on a putback as Piqua won the seventh quarters 16-6.
Harrison hit a three, while Hunter Hawk and Schrubb also scored in the quarter, before Piqua dropped the final quarter 16-6.
“We got some time off before we play Wapak,” Butler said. “We will take a little break for Thanksgiving, then put the Wapak scout stuff in and get ready for them.”
With hopes of even more improvement when the Indians travel their on Dec. 2 to open the season.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.