Milford’s boys remain in the thick of the fray for the leadership of the Greater Miami Conference. Goshen emerged with the lead in the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division with a hard-fought victory over Clermont Northeastern. Bethel-Tate, Felicity, and Williamsburg are also emerging with important victories.
Milford was handed its first setback of the season 37-30. Lakota West hosted this low-scoring Greater Miami Conference affair. The Eagles were in control after the first two intermissions 9-5 and 14-9 before the Firebirds took over command 22-21 following three periods of play. Milford scoring leaders: Brandon Baker and Steven Williams netted eight points apiece.
Goshen outhustled visiting Western Brown 51-40 in a Southern Buckeye Conference American (SBC-A) Division battle played in Clermont County. Senior guard Josh Greer paced the Warriors’ attack as the Red and Gray held sway at each intermission 16-10, 25-15, and 30-28. Goshen scoring leader: Greer 30.
The Warriors emerged with unquestioned leadership of the SBC-A following a 59-52 triumph over visiting Clermont Northeastern who is strongly vying for the conference leadership with the arch-rival Red and Gray. Greer spearheaded his teammates to very slim period advantages of 10-9, 17-16, and 33-31. Goshen scoring leader: Greer 27. Clermont Northeastern scoring leader: Zach Slusher 23.
Bethel-Tate surprised visiting New Richmond 63-52 in a Southern Buckeye Conference American Division fray. The Red and Black was ahead 14-11 and 23-19 before a third quarter power surge gave the Red and Gray the advantage after three periods of action 37-30. Bethel-Tate scoring leaders: Justin Marshall 19 and Austin Newman 13. New Richmond scoring leaders: Kody McCormick 16 and Kenny Roberts 15.
The Fighting Tigers added Fayetteville's Rockets to its list of victims as the Clermont countians nipped the Brown countians 44-43 on the losers' floor. The local boys trailed at the termination of each period 13-8, 25-16, and 33-28 before coming back to win. Bethel-Tate scoring leader: Cory Roberts 12.
Felicity stunned visiting Williamsburg 77-46 in a Southern Buckeye Conference National Division game played on the winners' floor. Junior guard Tyler Utter poured in a career-high 41 points to lead his teammates to victory. The Cardinals held very secure leads at each rest 15-3, 34-16, and 58-25. Felicity scoring leaders: Utter 41 and Alex Jarman 14. Williamsburg scoring leader: Justin Hines 16.
Amelia was walloped at Wilmington in a Fort Ancient Valley Conference Cardinal Division contest 72-41. The visiting Barons were down throughout 15-6, 34-18, and 63-26. Amelia scoring leader: Brandon Dietrich 11.
The Blue and White fell at Loveland 59-47. The Tigers led their guests at all the halts 16-6, 36-18, and 47-31. Amelia scoring leader: Bryce Couch 14.
Glen Este succumbed before Mason 56-41 in a Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division contest. The host Comets were in command all the way 16-3, 24-16, and 39-24. Glen Este scoring leader: Matt Winegardner 11.
Glen Este recrossed the Ohio River unhappy following a 68-47 setback to Ryle (Ky.). The Kentuckians enjoyed leads of 13-6, 36-10, and 48-27 at the conclusion of each stanza. Glen Este scoring leaders: Joe Mack 11 and Tyler McCalla 10.
Batavia was overcome by East Clinton 67-63 in a Southern Buckeye Conference tilt played on the losers' hardwood. The Green and White rallied to tie the score at 51 after three quarters of play. The Astros had led 17-15 and 35-32 after the first two breaks. Batavia scoring leaders: Avery 17 and Corrill 15.
Williamsburg, powered by the combination of 51 points from senior center Justin Hines and senior guard Jacob Morgan, put on a first half offensive barrage that smothered Batavia 75-61 at the first seat of government in Clermont County. Despite two serious Bulldog comeback efforts in the second half, the Wildcats held on to win their first game in a major sport for the 2006-07 school year. Williamsburg scoring leaders: Hines 27 and Morgan 24. Batavia scoring leaders: Jason Strine 14, Caleb Corrill 13, and Andrew Avery 12.