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NEW MADISON – Tri-Village just watched its junior varsity team fall 47-45 in a close game to Covington for only its third loss of the season, and the coaching staff wasn’t pleased with the varsity team during its pre-game warm-up, causing concern for coach Josh Sagester.

“We came out really well tonight,” he said. “I wasn’t so sure after the junior varsity game and seeing our guys in pre-game warm-ups. We had a nice chat in the locker room before the start and came out hot.”

The Patriots rattled the Buccaneers, opening up a 23-5 lead on four treys with Colton Linkous and Mason McCabe each connecting on two apiece. If they weren’t scoring outside, it was Tyler Cook doing damage inside.

“They (Covington) started out in a triangle and two, but we just made plays,” Sagester said.

Coach Matt Pond of Covington agreed.

“They hit some big shots early that took us out of some of the things we wanted to do defensively, and we didn’t get (Tyler) Cook fronted when we wanted, and they took advantage,” Pond said. “He’s a load inside and tough on the boards.”

Damion Cook added to the Patriots arsenal, adding even more firepower in the second quarter as the Patriots rolled to a 40-14 advantage at halftime.

“As good as we were offensively, I thought we did a great job defensively in the first half,” Sagester said.

The Patriots lacked a bit of intensity on defense in the second half … but they continued to shoot the ball well; in fact they shot a blistering 72 percent for the game.

“When you shoot the ball like we did tonight, you look really good,” Sagester said.

But the Buccs didn’t quit and showed resilience in the second half, scoring 30 points.

“Covington played hard and battled even though we took it to them,” Sagester said. “They didn’t wilt and played a good second half … and that has a lot to do with coach Matt Pond and what he’s trying to get accomplished; that’s how you get better.”

Friday night Tri-Village was just at another level as the Patriots rolled to a 78-44 win over the Buccs.

“They’re good,” Pond said. “That’s the top team in our league and to play them at their place is very tough.”

For Tri-Village it’s about getting better and working on things that will help the Patriots win the big games with aspirations of winning a league title and making another long tournament run.

“We need to continue doing what we did tonight, come out fast, shoot well, share the ball and get after it on defense,” Sagester said. That all that be tested tomorrow night as we travel to Troy Christian.”

Linkous led the Patriots with 22 points, Tyler Cook had 16, Damion Cook 14, and McCabe added 11 in the win.

Tri-Village now goes to 11-0 overall and 8-0 in the conference.

Score by quarters:

TV…23…17…23…15 – 78

COV…5…09…16…14 – 44

Individual scoring:

TV - Colton Linkous 22, Tyler Cook 16, Damion Cook 14, Mason McCabe 11, Tommy Bell 4, Tyler VanWinkle 4, Gavin Richards 3, Brandon Peters 4

COV – Andre Benedict 14, Austin Lefeld 12, Tyler Henry 10, Ty Boehringer 2, Robert Gengler 2, Seth Clark 2, Jordan Maschino 2

TV stats: Shooting - 31-43 (72%) 3pt - 8-15 (53%) FT - 8-18 (44%) 35 Rebounds, 6 Offensive 16 Turnovers

COV Stats: Shooting - 17-49 (35%) 3pt - 4-18 (22%) FT - 6-12 (50%) 18 Rebounds, 7 Offensive 11 Turnover

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