Jan. 27—CONNEAUT — A career-high 41 points by junior guard Anthony Covetta helped propel the Jefferson Falcons to a 91-31 road win Friday night over the Conneaut Spartans in a Chagrin Valley Conference boys matchup.
Covetta hit on a sizzling 14 of 20 shots, including six 3-pointers, and converted all seven of his free throw attempts. Senior forward Joe DeGeorge added 20 points and junior forward Caleb Welser scored 13.
The Falcons shot 34-for-56 (60.71%) from the field and made 13 three-pointers while holding the Spartans to 11-for-42 (26.19%) shooting with three three-pointers. Jefferson also shot 12-for-14 from the free throw line.
Jefferson coach Rob Pisano said he was proud of Covetta for his scoring, but especially for being a good team player.
"He gave up a couple of nice passes to younger guys that got them points in this game," Pisano said. "Those were real unselfish plays even with all that he scored, and he was open and just dished it to some of our younger guys and that shows great leadership."
Covetta said that he worked over the last summer to improve at driving more to the basket and said it was great to be able to establish a new career high.
"It's special, but the best feeling is winning, that's what I come here to do and get my guys involved," he said.
Covetta also grabbed a team-high 15 rebounds for the Falcons.
"I try to crash the boards as much as I can, that's something coach Pisano and the team emphasize each and every day," he said.
Pisano was pleased with the victory, especially after several close losses on the road.
"We have a lot of home games in our last nine regular-season games," the coach said. "We have some big games coming up next week, we needed a game like this after four in a row were hard-fought battles."
Jefferson built a 32-15 lead after the first quarter as Covetta had 13 points and DeGeorge added nine in the period.
The Falcons took a 52-21 lead into the locker room and outscored the Spartans 19-2 in the third quarter to take a 71-23 lead into the final period.
Jefferson improved to 6-7 on the season and 4-4 in CVC play. Conneaut fell to 3-11 and 0-9 in conference play.
Conneaut was led by junior Jordan Kulko with 10 points. Senior Chance Loomis and senior J.R. Hutchison each added six points.
"Early on the difference in the first quarter and most first half — just shooting," Spartans coach Rich Marshall said. "[Jefferson] had wide-open shots, and when they had open shots they hit.
"After our first couple of possessions, we just went stone cold. But there is a difference between a good shot and a forced shot and I think this might have been our worst shooting night of the year."
Marshall said he was pleased with how his team attacked the Falcons' press defense and the Spartans cut down on their turnovers when compared to previous games.
"We did a much better job on the defensive boards, but there weren't a lot of defensive boards to be had because they shot the ball so well," Marshall said.
Both teams are scheduled to play home games on Tuesday.
Jefferson goes against Madison, while Conneaut faces Geneva.