Gunner Kimmel battles his way to the basket against Miami East. ©Ben Robinson/Color Green Photo

COVINGTON – Covington faced an extremely athletic, talented and well coached Miami East team on Tuesday and despite playing hard the entire four quarters. the Buccs were handed a 76-41 defeat.

The Buccs hung with Miami East early, but didn’t have an answer for Wes Enis, who torched Covington fo a game-high 35 points. Enis knocked down five three-pointers, eight two-point buckets and made four-of-five from the free throw line. In all, Enis missed on four shots the entire night.

Covington trailed 19-12 after one and 40-26 at the break after a buzzer-beating trey by Connor Apple closed out the half.

Miami East went on a 12-0 run to start the second half. Gunner Kimmel connected on a bucket to end the run, but the Vikings closed out the remainder of the third by outscoring Covington 10-5 to take a commanding 62-33 lead heading into the final frame.

With the lead well in tact, Miami East rotated its entire bench into the game down the stretch and cruised to the 35-point win.

Covington played hard, but struggled against a very aggressive and quick Miami East defense. The Buccs were led in scoring by Brogen Angle, who finished with 10 points. Mic Barhorst had 9 points, while Bryson Hite and Britton Miller scored 8 points a piece.

Wes Enis led all scorers with a game-high 35 points and pulled down 10 rebounds and tallied 4 steals. Jacob Roeth had 16 points, 6 rebounds, 5 steals and 5 assists.

Miami East held huge advantage on the glass (33-17) and forced 17 turnovers.

Covington falls to 3-9 overall and 0-7 in the TRC, while Miami East improves to 12-1 overall and 7-0 in the league.

Miami East – 19 – 21 – 22 – 14 = 76
Covington – 12 – 14 – 7 – 8 = 41

Brogen Angle – 10
Mic Barhorst – 9
Bryson Hite – 8
Britton Miller – 8
Gunner Kimmel – 4
Kian French – 2

Wes Enis – 35
Jacob Roeth – 16
Andrew Crane – 7
Connor Apple – 6
Kamden Wolfe – 5
Camren Monnin – 3
Mitchel Kemp – 2
Bryce Haught – 2

Covington – Brogen Angle (2), Bryson Hite (1), Mic Barhorst (1)
Miami East – Wes Enis (5), Jacob Roeth (3), Connor Apple (1), Camren Monnin (1)

Connor Humphrey drives to the basket on Tuesday. ©Ben Robinson/Color Green Photo