Ansonia wipes out 10-point third quarter deficit to defeat Covington 43-40
ANSONIA – The Ansonia Tigers had to battle back from a 2-point second quarter and a late double digit third quarter deficit to pull-out a 43-40 non-conference win over the visiting Covington Buccaneers.
“We were two scrappy teams giving it everything,” Ansonia coach, Devin Limburg said following the win. “Heck of a game.”
“I’ll take it,” added Limburg. “I didn’t know what to expect with a group of young guys like this.”
Ansonia fields a 2021-22 varsity team with a freshman, 6-sophomores, 3-juniors and no seniors while the Buccs took the court with 1-sophomore, 1-junior and 7-seniors.
The Tigers took a 13-10 lead after one period of play with two Landyn Bowman 3-pointers and seven Ian Schmitmeyer points including a trey, a bucket and 2-2 at the line.
Covington responded with a 7-2 second quarter to take a 17-15 lead to the halftime break with Britton Miller pacing the Buccs with seven first half points including a triple, a 2-point basket and 2-2 at the free throw line.
The Buccaneers used a 15-7 run to open third quarter play extending its lead to 32-22 at 2:42 only to see the home standing Tigers close out the period with an 11-4 run with Covington settling for a 36-33 lead with three quarters in the book.
“Dig deep and get solid on defense,” Coach Linburg told his team at a timeout. “I felt like we were too low, we were chasing our guy and hugging off the ball. We need to just sharpen up a little bit. We gave them a couple things they need to do as far as driving and kicking in the gaps.”
Bowman led Ansonia with nine third quarter points including two 3-pointers, a basket and a free throw. Owen Boehringer with 7-points and Miller’s 6-points paced the Buccs 19-point third quarter.
Ansonia caught the Buccs at 3:41 in the fourth with the scoreboard showing 38-38 and would close out the night on a 5-2 run to earn the 3-point win.
“A couple of guys made huge plays,” said Coach Limburg. “Bowman made some big plays. Garrett (Stammen) had those two back-to-back buckets and had a big offensive board. It was everybody, everybody chipping in – that’s what it’s going to have to be.”
Ansonia 5’8” sophomore Landyn Bowman led Ansonia and all scorers with a game high 19-points including four 3-pointers. Covington 6’1” sophomore Britton Miller led the Buccs with 15-points.
“Landon (Bowman) was a spark off the bench,” Limburg stated. “We knew he had that in him. He got hot for us and kept us in it early – really made some plays down the stretch. He didn’t even look like he was phased by the moment, that’s the cool part about it.”
“We knew it was going to be ups and downs but I’m glad to go through some big ups and downs,” Limburg said with a smile following the win.
ANSONIA 43, COVINGTON 40
ANSONIA – L. Bowman 19, I. Schmitmeyer 12, G. Stammen 7, T. Hemmerich 5 – TOTALS 8 9-17 6 43
COVINGTON – B. Miller 15, O. Boehringer 10, M. Barhorst 8, I. Benedict 3, C. Kirker 2, T. Alexander 2 – TOTALS 13 5-9 3 40
Ansonia 6 (L. Bowman 4, G. Stammen 1, I. Schmitmeyer 1)
Covington 3 (O. Boehringer 1, I. Benedict 1, B. Miller 1)
SCORE by QUARTERS
13-02-18-10 43 Ansonia
10-07-19-04 40 Covington