Brogen Angle and the Buccs showed promise at times, but mistakes were the downfall in a 77-52 loss to Northridge. ©Ben Robinson/Color Green Photo

COVINGTON – It was an up and down night in a 77-52 loss to Northridge on Friday where Covington hung right with the Polar Bears until a few stretches of mistakes put the Buccs in catch-up mode.

In front of a large crowd of Buccaneer supporters and students, the opening frame was back-and-forth as the Buccaneers trailed 16-14 until a bucket by the Polar Bears at the buzzer made the score 18-14 at the end of one. This led to a 19-2 run for Northridge to spark a 37-21 lead for the Polar Bears at the break.

“I thought we played better in stretches,” commented Covington coach Logan Carey. “We just have to find a way to stop compounding our mistakes and believe we can win. We have the assets to compete. Now we just need to believe.”

The Buccs played right with Northridge in the third, but once again the mistakes piled up in the fourth as the Polar Bears outscored Covington 26-17 in the final period.

The loss drops Covington’s record to 0-3 overall and 0-3 in the TRC. The Buccs look to capture their first win tomorrow night at Mississinawa Valley in a non-conference game.

The Covington student section dressed up in costumes on Friday. Elizabeth Coblentz and Gabrielle Hartwig pose for a picture. ©Ben Robinson/Color Green Photo

Covington – 14 – 21- 35 – 52
Northridge – 18 – 39 – 51 – 77

Britton Miller – 18
Brogen Angle – 12
Bryson Hite – 9
Gunner Kimmel – 9
Tanner Palsgrove – 3
Connor Humphrey – 1

J. Martin – 24
A. Davis – 22
S. Alexander – 6
Q. Williams – 6
D. Smith – 5
A. Price – 4
E. Conners – 4
C. Evans – 2
D. Anderson – 2
D. Davis – 2

Covington – Brogen Angle (2), Tanner Palsgrove (1), Britton Miller (1)
Northridge – A. Davis (4), D. Smith (1)

Lily Zwiebel does a flip during the introduction of the Buccaneers. ©Ben Robinson/Color Green Photo
Gunner Kimmel goes up for a shot in the first quarter against Northridge. ©Ben Robinson/Color Green Photo