WEST ALEXANDRIA — In his team’s first four games of the season, Tony Augspurger wanted to believe his team was better than its record showed.
Twin Valley South’s boys’ basketball team lost three of those four, then in game five found a way to win a close game.
That momentum seemed to carry over to last week as South rolled past a pair of Cross County Conference opponents to get above the .500 mark.
The Panthers used a 21-8 advantage in the third quarter to pull away from Miami East for a 62-45 win on Tuesday, Dec. 19, at home.
South led 15-7 and 30-23 at the half. Willie Bowman led the way with 20 points in the half.
South extended its winning streak to three games with a 61-37 win over host Covington on Friday.
The Panthers led 13-7 after the first quarter and 31-18 at halftime.
South used another strong third quarter performance to put the game out of reach as they outscored the Buccs 20-4 to extend its lead to 51-22.
Bowman dropped in a game-high 21 points. Travis Lovely scored 10 and Jayden Bassler and Bryant Marked chipped in with eight and seven points respectively.
South, now 4-3 overall and 3-1 in the CCC, returns to action on Friday, Dec. 29, at the Preble Shawnee Holiday Tournament. The Panthers will play the host Arrows at 6 p.m. in the first game. Tri-County North and Springfield Northwestern will play in the second game.
The consolation game is set for Saturday at 6 p.m. with the championship game scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The Panthers junior varsity team will play Preble Shawnee on Friday at 11 a.m.
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