Practice makes perfect for Troy boys against Piqua


TROY — For Troy, it is all about practice.

And it made for perfect — at least the final result — in a 43-38 win over Piqua Friday night on Senior Night at the Trojan Activity Center.

For Piqua, the Indians will need to regroup quickly.

Troy finished the regular season at 10-11 overall and 10-8 in the MVL — after two straight days of a full practice.

Which, is a big deal for the Trojans.

“It is the first time in the second half of the season that we have had everybody at practice for two straight days,” Troy coach Mark Hess. “Where we haven’t had to deal with any injuries or illness and that is a big deal for us.”

Piqua droppred to 13-8 overall and 12-5 in the MVL.

The Indians play Tecumseh in Vandalia D-I sectional action Wednesday.

“We just didn’t take good shots in the first half,” Piqua coach Brett Kopp said. “It was not a good first half. I thought we took better shots in the second half, but we still didn’t make a lot of them.”

Isaac Phillips opened the game with a 3-pointer and Troy would never trail.

Troy would jump out to a 6-0 lead.

“The kids were jacked up with it being senior night,” Hess said. “We did get off to a good start.”

Bryson Roberts hit a three to get Piqua within 6-4, but that was as close as the Indians would get as Troy led 12-5, 23-14 and 32-22 at the quarter breaks.

Piqua made a late run with Dre’Sean Roberts scoring 12 points in the fourth quarter, but the final margin was as close as it would get.

“I thought we played well,” Hess said. “It got a little interesting at the end. But, without our top two ball handlers, pressure is something new for some of our guys. I thought we handled it pretty well.”

Kopp said you can’t put yourself in the position Piqua was in.

“You just can’t keep digging holes like that, which have done a couple times this season,” he said. “It is not like we rolled over. The kids battled the whole game.”

Phillips led Troy with 13 points.

Kellen Miller had nine points and three blocked shots and Charlie Walker added nine points and blocked two shots.

Zach King was a presence inside with 11 rebounds.

Dre’Sean Roberts had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Piqua and Bryson Roberts scored 11 points.

Anson Cox scored six points.

Troy was 16 of 38 from the floor for 42 percent and 10 of 15 from the line for 67 percent.

Piqua was 15 of 44 from the floor for 35 percent and seven of 15 from the line for 47 percent.

Troy won the battle of the boards 25-20 and had 10 turnovers to Piqua’s 12.

The Trojans will be off until Saturday, when they play Beavercreek at 7:15 p.m. in Centerville D-I sectional action.

“The big thing is that gives us five days of practice,” Hess said. “That is important for us.”

As he hopes practice will again result in a good outcome on the court.

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