WEST ALEXANDRIA — Miami East entered Friday’s game at Twin Valley South with a plan — do everything possible to keep the Blackhawks from hitting 3-pointers.
And the Vikings (3-0, 2-0 Cross County Conference) accomplished that goal, dominating inside while keeping Twin Valley South from getting hot outside in a 57-30 victory.
“We held them to 25 percent from the field, and they went 3 for 29 from 3-point range,” Miami East coach Allen Mack said. “They had been shooting 32 percent from 3 coming into the game, and we made that a focal point and were able to limit their opportunities. Meanwhile, we were 3 for 6 from 3. We took away the strength of their game and were able to use our size advantage.”
Damien Mackesy led the Vikings with 23 points and six rebounds, Logan West added 13 points and six rebounds, Brandon Mack hit two of those 3s and finished with six points and three steals and Ryan Haney had three points, three assists and five rebounds. Miami East won the battle of the boards 35-18, all while shooting 22 for 46 from the field overall and 10 for 15 from the free throw line.
The Vikings led 13-5 after one quarter but couldn’t extend the lead before halftime, leading 22-14 at the break. A 15-6 third quarter gave them some separation, though, and they closed the game strong with a 20-10 fourth.
“This was a big win for us. Twin Valley South (3-2, 1-1 CCC) was third in our league last year and came into the game 3-1,” Mack said. “We were very pleased to go out on the road like that and come away with a convincing win.”
Miami East returns home Saturday to host Milton-Union in a rematch of last year’s sectional semifinal game.
COVINGTON — Two Buccaneers topped the 20-point mark Friday night, but Covington (1-2, 1-1 Cross County Conference) was unable to stop Arcanum in a 67-55 loss.
Jordan Maschino led the Buccs with 21 points and Trevor Miller added 20, with Nathan Blei chipping in eight as Covington led 21-18 after the first quarter but was outscored 25-13 over the next 16 minutes.
Covington travels to Newton Tuesday for a non-league girls-boys doubleheader.
BRANDT — The Bethel boys basketball team defeated Bradford 78-43 Friday in CCC action.
Patty led the Railroaders with 14 points and six rebounds.
Andy Branson scored nine points and Alex Swabb added eight.
FORT LORAMIE — In a game dominated by the defenses, the Russia Raiders outlasted Fort Loramie 35-32 in SCL boys basketball Friday.
Russia is now 3-0 in the league and 3-1 overall. Loramie is 1-3 and 2-3.
There was only one double-figure scorer in the game, that being Jake Gariety of Russia with 11.
SIDNEY — Houston and Fairlawn also had a defensive struggle, with the host Jets pulling out a 45-38 SCL win in boys action Friday at Fairlawn.
The Jets are now 2-2 in the SCL and 3-3 overall. Houston is 0-3 and 1-4.
Zack Freytag had 14 points and Domyneik Phipps added 11 for the Wildcats.
VERSAILLES — The Versailles boys basketball team cruised to a 78-47 win over New Knoxville Friday in MAC action.
Justin Ahrens led Versailles with 27 points.
Austin Knapke scored 11 points, while AJ Ahrens and Brett McEldowney each scored 10.