Troy blows out Butler for MVL rival win

Troy senior guard Tre Archie
Troy junior guard Shaeden Olden
Butler junior guard Tyler Montague
Troy junior guard Jaden Owens
Butler senior guard Cooper Justice

Troy, OH — A long-standing rivalry that has jumped from conference to conference has been renewed in the MVL on Tuesday night. The Butler Aviators coming in at 2-3 traveled up to Troy to battle the 4-1 Trojans. Troy’s only loss is at the hands of what was a red hot West Carrollton team who has recently lost two straight. Butler’s three losses come to Wayne, Sidney, and Stebbins. All pretty decent teams this year. Both teams lost a lot of talent last season as Butler lost ten seniors who helped them win the GWOC North two years in a row, while Troy lost their leading scorer from last season Caillou Monroe. Butler is a team this season that seems to live-and-die off of the long-range shooting. They struggled in the first half, as they only managed to put up 10 points total throughout two-quarters of basketball. Troy held a 26-10 at halftime after a kind of sloppy first half for the Trojans as well. In the third quarter, Archie, Owens, and Olden all caught fire and put the game away for Troy. They held a 45-19 lead at the end of the third quarter and that was that. Butler did end up outscoring Troy in the fourth quarter 22-18, but at that point, the game was already over. Butler started to press late in the game and it worked well for them as they got a lot of easy buckets off of it. For Butler, they were led by Tyler Montague who finished with 15 points but struggled shooting the ball as he was 0-5 in an uncharacteristic night for him. Cooper Justice had 9 points for the Aviators and Quincy Rackley finished with 8. Troy was led by Tre Archie as he had 19 points in the big win. Jaden Owens and Shaeden Olden backed him up as well as they finished with 15 and 13. Also a nice shooting night for Austin Stanaford who went 3-3 from the field and had 9 points. This was a big win for Troy and a big loss for Butler as the Trojans look to keep the momentum rolling against Sidney on Friday, and Butler looks to bounce back big time in a tough test against West Carrollton.

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