Covington Buccaneers show improvement in scrimmage action

by | Nov 23, 2021 | Basketball, Sports

Covington Buccaneers coach, Matt Gibbins talks to his team during a home scrimmage timeout. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Covington ready to open season in new Three Rivers Conference

COVINGTON – The Covington Buccaneers hosted the Arcanum Trojans and Miami Valley in preseason scrimmage action.

With a season opening scrimmage already in the books, Buccs coach, Matt Gibbins was pleased with the improved play in the team’s second scrimmage of the season.

“We had an earlier scrimmage and we were not very pleased with where we were at,” said Gibbins. “It was our first scrimmage. We had so many things we needed to fix – it gets to be a laundry list but we saw strides tonight.”

Coach Gibbins saw improvement at both ends of the court as the team heads into the regular OHSAA basketball season.

“We did a lot of things as far as getting ball reversals, getting the open shots,” Gibbins noted. “We talk a lot about shot selection and we got a lot better shots off tonight and it paid off. We were struggling to score Tuesday and because of our shot selection improving we were able to score today.”

“Defensively we were so much better,” continued Coach Gibbins. “We were having trouble rebounding, we were having trouble in a lot of aspects letting them right down the lane to score. Tonight we held them off and then finished it with a rebound which allows us to get out and run and do some things – that is what we are really happy with.”

Covington moves to the new Three Rivers Conference for the 2021-22 season.

“There are a couple teams we are not real familiar with so we’re not sure where they will be at,” noted Gibbins. “There are some teams like Bethel and Miami East from the old conference that we are used to. We know them pretty well, but some of the other teams we’re not real familiar with but I have a group of guys that will go to fight every night – so we’re hoping for a really competitive season.”

Covington gets a free throw in scrimmage action. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
A Buccaneer brings the ball up-court for Covington in scrimmage play. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Covington gets a score with a drive to the basket in preseason home scrimmage. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Covington player battles for rebound in scrimmage with Arcanum. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
The Buccaneers score with a drive to the basket in home scrimmage with Miami Valley. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Gaylen Blosser is a sports enthusiast and has covered high school sports for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio. Gaylen has been a media sportswriter while most recently serving as Sports Editor for the local newspaper and will now serve as editor of Darke County Now while continuing to cover athletics.

Gaylen is an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years and is the recipient of the OHSAA Friends of Athletes Award and OHSAA Respect the Game State Award.

Contact Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser at gblosser@darkecountynow.com or 937-459-9547.

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