By Rob Kiser
SIDNEY — The Piqua boys basketball team made a run at times against Sidney Tuesday night.
But, the Jackets evened the score by coasting to a 78-63 win over Piqua and remain in a battle with Greenville for second in the GWOC North.
Sidney improved to 14-5 overall and 5-2 in the GWOC North, while Piqua suffered its third straight loss to drop to 9-9 overall and 3-4 in the GWOC North.
Sidney jumped out to a 20-14 lead in the opening quarter, with Andre Gordon and Allec Gordon scoring six points each.
Colton Bachman gave Sidney’s problems throughout the first half.
Darryl McNeal picked up two fouls guarding him in the opening quarter and Andre Gorodn picked up two in the second quarter after switching to Bachman. He then picked up a third foul with 5:56 remaining in the half and it looked like it was an opportunity for the Indians.
Bachman scored six straight points to get Piqua within 26-22, but Sidney got five points from Cameron Gallimore to open the lead back up to 35-28 at halftime.
A dunk by Andre Gordon early in the third quarter put Sidney up 34-25, before Bachman answered with a three and a dunk to make it 34-30.
Late in the quarter, Piqua hit a three to get within 50-45.
But, that was as close as the Indians could get.
Sidney scored the final nine points of the third quarter to make it 59-45 and pulled away in the fourth quarter.
While Piqua played well at times, Sidney consistently went around them for offensive rebounds and took advantage of numerous unforced turnovers by Piqua.
Bachman led Piqua with 25 points, while Nate Monnin scored 15 and Bradley Hohlbein added eight.
Sidney used a balanced attack.
Andre Gordon led the Jackets with 18 points, while Gallimore netted 15, McNeal scored 11 and Lorenzo Taborn added 10.
Piqua will be back in action Friday, hosting Greenville in the Hall of Fame game.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.