XENIA — Xenia and Piqua were competitive in three of the quarters played during Tuesday’s Senior Night game.
A rough second quarter was the deciding factor in the Bucs downfall.
Piqua put a sour end to the celebratory festivities with a 58-38 MVL win over Xenia.
The Bucs led 10-9 late in the first quarter, which saw the team’s trade the lead four times. A driving layup in the final second gave the Indians a lead it would not relinquish.
After consecutive field goals extended Piqua’s lead to five in the opening minute of the second, Nate Fellie drained a three to pull Xenia back within two.
It would turn out to be the Bucs’ final points of the half, as Piqua went on a 17-0 run in the final 4:43 of the half in what decided the game.
Xenia senior Alex Erhsam was honored on the court before the game alongside senior cheerleader Makaiya Stark. Erhsam scored seven points which all came in the second half.
Damien Weaver led Xenia (5-10, 5-6) in scoring with 12 points, with Alijah Withers adding eight.
Piqua (7-7, 6-4) was led by Dre’sean Roberts’ 16 points to lead all scorers, and Tanner Kemp hit four-three pointers.
Xenia drew as close as 15 on several occasions in the second half in utilizing full court pressure, but Piqua responded with patience on offense until it found shots it wanted to push the lead back ahead.
Xenia next prepares to travel to Sidney on Friday. Xenia won the first meeting between the two teams earlier this season.