Williamsburg, Glen Este, Goshen, and Bethel-Tate have managed to emerge unscathed in recent Clermont County high school varsity boys basketball action.
The Wildcats walked over Deer Park’s Wildcats 68-58. The hosts five were behind throughout 14-11, 29-25, and 51-39. Sophomore forward Kendal Young dropped in 22 points, brother Elliot Young, senior guard-forward, made 18, and senior forward Kevin Keeton made 12 to power the “Burg bombardment in this non-league game.
West Union’s Dragons were cooled off with a 59-42 loss as the Blue and White led all the way in this non-league contest in “Burg 13-7, 34-19, and 51-30. Kendal and Elliot Young made 17 and 10 points, respectively, and Keeton added 14.
White Oak was chopped down 59-49 in another battle between Wildcats. In this non-league win, with incredibly balanced scoring, the Youngs and senior forward Matt Richardson made 14 points apiece and Keeton made 13 for the home boys.
The Trojans annihilated Anderson’s Redskins 69-46 in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference East Division. The Trojans recovered from an 11-5 first period deficit and then led the rest of the way 38-20, and 38-34 before their awesome offensive effort in the last eight minutes. Senior guard Shane Seckman made 14 points (including three three-pointers) to lead a balanced offensive attack, junior forward Alex Fultz made 13 (including three threes), and senior forward Mike Bouley and junior guard Corey Goedde chipped in with 10 each.
In another East Division drubbing, Kings’ Knights were dethroned 56-32 as GE finally pulled away from their hosts after the third stanza 33-26 following 11-both and 24-both scores after the first two stops. Goedde’s 21 points (including three treys) topped the Trojans’ scoring.
The Warriors skinned Blanchester’s Wildcats in a 58-51 Southern Buckeye Conference non-division game on the losers’ court. The Red and Gray rallied from deficits of 15-8 and 25-21 after the first two halts, before going ahead 40-33 after three periods of play. Senior guard Nick Wake’s 28 points powered the Warriors’ attack (including three three-pointers) and senior guard Anthony Voto made 11 more points.
Greenfield McClain’s Tigers were mowed over by Goshen 46-39 in non-league play. The hosts were in arrears after the first three stanzas 12-9, 22-18, and 32-31 before a strong fourth quarter comeback. Wake led the Red and Gray’s scoring with 16 points.
The Tigers gnarled Georgetown’s G-Men 66-53 on the victors hardwood in this non-division game of the Southern Buckeye. Senior guard Garrett Lang and junior guard Matt Small both netted 15 points for the Clermont countians and senior forward Tyler Bullock tossed in 12.
The Eagles won a Fort Ancient East encounter over Kings 54-41 on the winners’ court. The Clermont countians were in the forefront all the way 15-13, 34-19, and 43-30. Senior forward Nick Hittner’s 14 points and senior guard Zach Baker’s 10 topped the Red and White’s offense.
A breeze by 56-32 triumph over Little Miami’s Panthers came in the East Division of the Fort Ancient Valley. The Eagles were in control 18-15 and 38-24 after quarters two and three following an 11-9 deficit after the opening eight minutes. Senior forward Nick Hittner made 13 points, junior forward Robert Overback 11, and senior guard Alan Hughes 10 for the visiting Red and White.
Loveland managed to bring the Eagles back to earth 42-37 in the Fort Ancient Valley East. Following an eight-both first quarter, the home boys were on top 14-13 and 26-21 after the next two intermissions, but failed to maintain the advantage. Overbeck’s 10 points was the best offensive output for Milford.
The Cardinals caged St. Bernard 62-58 in a non-conference showdown. The winning visitors staged a strong comeback in the closing eight minutes to overcome period disadvantages of 19-9, 31-22, and 42-40. Senior forwards Matt O’Brien and Kyle Helton netted 21 and 14 points, respectively, for the Cards.
The Barons nipped Felicity 50-48 on senior forward Justin Andler’s field goal with 5.4 seconds remaining in the Cardinals’ homecoming game. The Barons led 16-9 and 25-24 before the Cards came back to lead 43-34 after the third frame. The Blue and White’s Tanner Owens led all scorers with 25 points and the Red and White was powered by Helton and O’Brien with 12 points each and junior guard Trevor Shouse who made 11.
In a non-league loss, Turpin’s Spartans easily took Amelia 73-40 with stanza leads of 14-8, 35-14, and 51-21. Senior forward Kevin Morse’s nine points led the Barons’ scoring on the winners’ wood.
Mariemont had little trouble in trouncing Amelia 73-40. The home boys were behind all the way 18-13, 33-16, and 60-30. Owens made 11 points to lead the Barons’ scoring in this non-conference game.
The Bulldogs nipped New Richmond 46-45 in a Southern Buckeye non-division duel. The hosts failed to hold on to its first three period leads of 11-10, 24-21, and 25-28. Junior guard Dwayne Smith’s eight points powered the Bulldogs’ scoring and the Lions’ sophomore guard Austen Craig led all scorers with 11 points.
St. Bernard didn’t dog it to beat the Bulldogs 40-33. The host Clermont countians were up 11-7 after the first period, but trailed 23-18 at the half before the score was tied at 29 after three quarters. Smith made 10 points to lead Batavia.
The Rockets were brought down by Ripley’s Blue Jays 76-48 in a non-league contest in Owensville. The Blue and Gold blasted off to a 16-15 first quarter advantage, but fell behind 39-24 and 63-40 after the next two breaks. Senior forward-center Jake Hogue’s 19 points powered the Northeastern offense.