Brogen Angle puts up a shot against Miami East. ©Ben Robinson/Color Green Photo

CASSTOWN – The Covington Buccaneers faced Miami East, one to the premier basketball programs in the Three Rivers Conference, and battled hard in a 12-point defeat on the road.

“We played much better tonight,” commented Covington coach Logan Carey. “Proud of the effort, I’m proud of the fight, and I think we are turning a corner. If we keep playing like that, we are going to turn a corner and hit our potential. We are really close to being a scary basketball team.”

Miami East jumped out to an 8-0 lead as the Buccaneers struggled with six travel calls throughout the entire first half. Fortunately, a huge trey by Britton Miller ignited the Buccs and they were able to get back into the game by outscoring the Vikings 14-10 over the rest of the half.

Trailing 18-14 at the break, the Buccaneers had high hopes of pulling off a huge win, but Miami East was able to outscore Covington 33-25 in the second half.

And much of that was due to Viking senior Jacob Roeth, who scored 19 of his game-high 23 points in the final two periods.

The game ended with Covington dropping the contest by the score of 51-39.

Covington falls to 3-8 on the season and 1-6 in the TRC. The Buccs host Fairlawn tomorrow night on the same evening of the 41st annual Covington Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

The Miami East defense made it difficult for the Buccaneers to find open looks on a consistent basis. ©Ben Robinson/Color Green Photo

Covington – 12 – 14 – 26 – 39
Miami East – 12 – 18 – 36 – 51

Britton Miller – 19
Bryson Hite – 7
Connor Humphrey – 6
Tanner Palsgrove – 3
Gunner Kimmel – 2
Brogen Angle – 2

Jacob Roeth – 23
Kamden Wolfe – 9
Ty Rohrer – 7
Connor Apple – 7
Devon Abshire – 5

Covington – Britton Miller (2), Bryson Hite (1), Tanner Palsgrove (1)
Miami East – Jacob Roeth (2)

Bryson Hite scores inside the paint against Miami East. ©Ben Robinson/Color Green Photo