By Rob Kiser
TROTWOOD — The Piqua boys got off to a good start.
But, it didn’t last for long as Trotwood-Madison cruised to an 81-56 victory.
Nate Monnin grabbed a rebound of a missed Trotwood shot and Brad Hohlbein beat the Rams down the court for a layup and a 2-0 lead.
But, it was all Trotwood after that as the Rams cruised to a 31-5 lead after one quarter and were in front 48-18 at halftime.
While Piqua made just two of 10 shots in the opening quarter, Trotwood took most of its shots from the paint, hitting 13 of 21 shots.
The Indians were their own worst enemy with 12 turnovers against the Rams relentless pressure in the first quarter and 15 by halftime.
Number Torrey Patton had 13 points in the first quarter and 17 in the first half to lead the Rams.
Piqua was able to play the Rams evenly over the final three quarters, but the damage was done.
The Indians trailed 66-39 after three quarters and outscored the Rams by two points in the final quarter.
Colton Bachman led the Indians with 22 points, while Hohlbein scored 11 and Nash Black added nine.
Caleb Patton came off the bench to score eight points in the late going, while Nate Monnin grabbed 10 rebounds.
Patton finished with 34 points to lead all scorers, going 14-for-22 from the floor, including a pair of 3-pointers.
Myles Belue scored 12 points and Johnny Trigg added 10.
Piqua was 19 of 49 from the floor and 17 of 24 from the line.
The Rams were 33 of 65 from the floor and 13 of 23 from the line.
Trotwood won the battle of the boards 28-27 and had 13 turnovers to Piqua’s 26.
The Rams improved to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the GWOC North.
Piqua, 2-2 overall and 0-1 in the GWOC North, will host West Carrollton Tuesday.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.