Tippecanoe boys basketball gets past Piqua 78-77


PIQUA — Those who weren’t at Garbry Gymnasium Friday night for the Tippecanoe-Piqua boys basketball missed it.

For those who were, no one felt cheated after the display the two teams put on.

In a shootout from the start, Tippecanoe was able to hold on for a 78-77 victory in game where the two teams combined for 25 3-point field goals.

Tipp improved to 8-2 overall and 7-1 in the MVL and will host Stebbins Saturday.

“Wow, that was a shootout,” Tippecanoe coach Adam Toohey said. “That was a wild one. I haven’t been involved in a game like that in a long time. It felt like there were double rims (with all the shots going in). It felt like both teams shot over 60 percent.”

Piqua coach Brett Kopp knew there were no losers after his team dropped to 6-6 overall and 5-4 in the MVL. The Indians will play Milton-Union Saturday night.

“When the kids go out there and played as hard as they did and do everything you ask, I have no complaints,” Kopp said. “The kids know if they are open, they have the green light to shoot. The key for us is, can we come back and play like this Saturday and again on Tuesday.”

And junior guard Stanley Clyne led the way for the Red Devils.

He was 11 for 16 from the floor, made all six of his 3-point attempts and scored a career-high 33 points in the win.

“We knew this was going to be a tough game,” Clyne said. “We knew they were going to come at us with everything they had. It is a rivalry game. I was confident (in getting the win). We were prepared we knew what we had to do.”

Clyne, who had 25 points in a game earlier this season, was coming off an illness.

“It was good to see him back feeling good,” Toohey said. “He had a great game and we needed it tonight.”

While Tipp had struggled from the line in the opening half, they made 11 of 15 in the second half.

Two free throws by Lima Poronsky had given Tipp a 69-63 lead with 3:50 to go.

Anson Cox had a 3-point play for Piqua, but Cole Coppock answered with a 3-point play for Tipp to make it 72-66.

“It just seemed like every time they scored, we were able to answer,” Toohey said.

Tipp was still up six when Quintyn Yaqub hit 3-pointer from the corner to make it 74-71 with 1:25 to go.

Bryson Roberts nearly had a steal at the Tipp end, but the result was a jump ball with 59.7 seconds to go and Tipp maintained possession.

After Tipp hit one of two free throws, Dre’Sean Roberts scored with 44 seconds to go to cut the Red Devils lead to 75-73.

Colton Beougher then stole the ball, but Piqua missed two free throws with 17 seconds to go.

Clyne hit one of two with 15.6 second to go to put Tipp up 76-73.

Roberts made on of two free throws with 9.1 seconds to go to make it 76-74 and Poronsky was fouled with 8.2 seconds to go.

He calmly hit both free throws, before Dre’Sean Roberts made a 3-pointer at the buzzer for the final margin.

“We made the free throws when we needed to,” Toohey said. “I told Liam (Poronsky), if he doesn’t make both of those, we are going to overtime.”

Four of Piqua’s six losses have been by three points or less.

“We just need to learn how to win,” Kopp said. “We have a lot of football players who know how to win in football. Now, they just need to learn how to win in basketball.”

The game had started off with 11 3-pointers made in the first quarter and a 22 tie.

Piqua took a 39-37 halftime lead on a 3-pointer by Tanner Kemp.

The Indians were leading 55-54 after a 3-point play by Dre’Sean Roberts with 2:31 to go in the fourth quarter.

Tipp would go on an 11-2 run capped by an Evan Manes 3-pointer to go up 65-57, before Piqua’s rally came up one point short.

“I remember looking up one time and the scoreboard said 62-55,” Toohey said. “We finally got a couple defensive stops. There just weren’t many defensive stops tonight.”

Eight of Clyne’s points in the second half came on back door passes from Griffin Caldwell.”

“It was there a few times,” Toohey said. “And Griffin Caldwell did a good job finding him. He is hitting those threes and then they come out tight on him and that can happen.”

Kopp said Piqua’s defense needed to be better.

“Those are just lapses,” he said. “But, Tipp puts you in difficult positions. That is what they do.”

Gavin Garlitz added 15 points for the Red Devils.

Josh Dietz and Poronsky both scored nine points and Cole Coppock had six points and eight rebounds.

Caldwell dished out four assists.

Dre’Sean Roberts led Piqua with 27 points, 10 assists and three steals.

Kemp scored 17 points and Bryson Roberts had 11 points and five rebounds.

Cox scored nine points and Yaqub added six points.

Beougher added five steals.

Tipp was 25 of 43 from the floor for 58 percent, including 13 of 22 from 3-point range for 59 percent. The Red Devils were 15 off 22 from the line for 68 percent.

Piqua was 29 of 54 from the floor for 54 percent, including 12 of 21 from long range for 57 percent.

The Indians converted seven of 11 from the line for 64 percent.

Tipp won the battle of the boards 24-20, but had 12 turnovers to Piqua’s nine.

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