The Boys Basketball team (13-7, 4-1) played a very solid game last night at Class 2A #6 ranked University HS (16-4), but struggled from the line down the stretch, and fell 64-62 in overtime. The game, which was expected to be a tight game, and potentially a sectional matchup in a few weeks, lived up to the billing. The contest was close for most of the night, save a short stretch of runs in the third quarter.
The game started off a bit stiff, as both teams struggled through some turnovers and missed shots early, and were tied 12-12 after the first. UHS hit a shot late in the first half to take a 28-26 lead into the break. The Trailblazers got a little bit of breathing room as they stretched their lead out to 13 points in the middle of the third quarter, but that was short lived, as the Warriors ran off a 10-0 run to close the game again before the end of the third. University held a 44-42 lead heading into the final quarter. CCHS missed the front end of three one-and-ones in the fourth, allowing the Blazers to hold the ball for the final minute of regulation in a tied game, 55-55. Covenant defended well in the waning seconds, sending the game to overtime. The contest stayed tight through the extra session, as the Warriors had possession with a chance to tie in the last ten seconds as UHS missed one of two from the line to keep it a two point game. Senior Cam Shurig was able to get a baseline jumper off just before the buzzer, but the shot was tipped and fell short as time expired.
Shurig led Covenant scorers with 18 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists. Junior Trey Flatt added 16 points to go with 5 rebounds and 3 assists, while Senior Noah Hedrick chipped in 11 points. Senior Max Greenamoyer had 17 points for UHS, including 4-for-10 from 3-point range, while UHS Senior Joe Martin led all scorers with 20 points.
The Warriors return home to Andrew Smith Court on Tuesday night, as they host Central Christian Academy in a JV/V doubleheader at 6:00/7:30pm.