By Rob Kiser
If you measure success on heart and determination, the Piqua boys basketball team was a winner Friday night in GWOC North action against Trotwood-Madison.
But, despite a valiant effort against a talented Trotwood-Madison team, there was just to much for the Indians to overcome in an 87-74 loss.
Trotwood improved to 15-2 overall and 6-0 in the GWOC North, while Piqua dropped to 9-8 and 3-3.
Piqua plays at Sidney Tuesday. The game is expected to be a sellout, so anyone going should buy a pre-sale tickets in the Piqua athletic office Monday or Tuesday, or they may not get in.
Trotwood led 11-0 before Derrick Gullett hit two 3-pointers to get Piqua untracked,
Trailing 43-29 at halftime, the Indians lost a starter to fouls just 21 seconds into the second half.
The ensuing technical fall gave Trotwood a 5-point possession and a 19-point lead.
Add another technical fall and 16 missed free throws, you would think Piqua had no chance against a Rams team that had not lost in Ohio this year until falling to Wayne on Tuesday.
But, the Indians refused to go away.
Colton Bachman scored 10 points in the third quarter and Nate Monnin added eight — with both hitting two threes to pull Piqua back within 61-56 later in the quarter.
The Rams, behind the 1-2 punch of Myles Belyeu and Torrey Patton — again opened a up a double digit lead before Piqua rallied again.
When Bachman hit 3-point bombs on consecutive possessions, the Indians were back within 69-63 with 5:50 remaining in the game.
Once again, Trotwood take the lead to double digits, but Piqua’s spirit could not be broken.
The Indians had the ball down nine in the final minute, but were unable to convert and Trotwood was able to hold on for the win.
Bachman had a game-high 31 points for Piqua, while Monnin had a double-double with 20 points and 19 rebounds. Gullett added 10 points, including three big 3-pointers.
Belyeu led Trotwood with 27 points and 12 rebounds, Patton scored 25 and freshman Amari Davis added 21 points and six rebounds.
Piqua was 23 of 64 from the floor and 16 of 32 from the line, while Trotwood 31 of 55 from the floor and 24 of 38 from the line.
Trotwood won the battle of the boards 38-27 and both teams had 14 turnovers.
Amari Davis 5-11-21, Myles Belyeu 11-5-27, Amir Foster 1-4-7, Justin Stephens 0-0-0, Torrey Patton 12-1-25, Courtney Byrd 0-0-0, Johnny Trigg 0-2-2, Jamar Johnson 0-1-1, D Rae Harris 2-0-4, Javonn Herron 0-0-0. Totals: 31-24-87.
Bradley Hohlbein 2-0-5, Derrick Gullett 3-1-10, Nate Monnin 6-6-20, CJ Davis 0-1-1, Colton Bachman 10-5-31, Ben Schmieisng 1-0-2, Tyren Cox 1-0-2, Nash Black 0-0-0, Caleb Patton 0-3-3, Brady Hill 0-0-0. Totals: 23-16-74.
3-point field goals — Trotwood: Foster. Piqua: Hohlbein, Gullett (3), Monnin (2), Bachman (6).
Score By Quarters
Trotwood 23 43 63 87
Piqua 11 29 56 74
Records: Trotwood 15-2 (6-0), Piqua 9-8 (3-3).
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.