Milford and Goshen are in the thick of the fight in their respective conference’s boys basketball races. Felicity has emerged as the most positive surprise of the season.
Milford brought down Sycamore’s Aviators in a Greater Miami Conference battle 61-55 before the winners’ home crowd. The Eagles spotted their guests a 13-8 first quarter advantage, but knotted the score at 21 at the half before taking over for good 40-38 after three periods of action. Milford scoring leaders: Brandon Baker 19, Mark Bryant 17, and Tyler Diercks 10.
In the Greater Miami Conference, the Red and White was upset by the Blue and White of Hamilton 65-60 in a double overtime heartbreaker played at the aviary. After an 8-all first period score, the visitors blasted out to a 31-20 halftime lead. The Eagles closed the gap to 36-34 after three stanzas and it was an even deal at 50-50 at the conclusion of regulation action. The tally was 55-all after the first extra period. Milford scoring leaders: Baker 16, Andrew Burton 13, and Steven Williams 13.
“We’re in a better position, standings-wise, than Milford has been in in a number of years. It’s fun to be in the hunt,” said Milford head coach Joe Cambron. His charges are 4-3 in the Greater Miami Conference and 5-4 overall. Hamilton and Princeton are tied for first in the conference and Middletown is just one game behind them and then there are the Eagles.
Cambron credits “overall team chemistry and improved team toughness” as reasons for Milford’s performance thus far.
Cambron is looking forward to the rest of the season. "We've put ourselves into the battle for the league championship!"
Goshen overpowered visiting New Richmond 46-28 in a Southern Buckeye Conference American Division tilt. The Warriors held sway all the way 12-8, 21-12, and 30-18. Chris Petry made four treys to power the offense of the victorious Red and Gray. Goshen scoring leader: Petry 19. New Richmond scoring leader: Nolan Darland 17.
Ross beat Goshen 42-35 in a non-conference confrontation. The host Rams were up after each intermission 12-8, 20-13, and 30-24. Goshen scoring leader: Josh Greer 13.
Felicity continues to surprise. The Cardinals bounced Batavia 59-42 on the Bulldogs' floor in a Southern Buckeye Conference National Division game. The Red and White steadily widened the gap with stanza leads of 14-6, 24-15, and 40-26. Felicity scoring leaders: Jordan Peron 13, Tyler Utter 12, and Brandon Manz 10. Batavia scoring leader: Andrew Avery 15.
The Cardinals won the Cross County Showdown for the fourth consecutive year. In the annual battle between arch rivals, Felicity rallied to upend host Bethel-Tate 65-60 in overtime. In this non-division
Southern Buckeye Conference battle, the visiting Cards led 12-10, 23-16, and 42-36 after the first three intermissions, but the Tigers fought back to knot the score at 55 to send it into overtime. Clutch free throw shooting by the victors and poor charity stripe throws by the vanquished accounted for the difference. Felicity scoring leaders: Utter 18, Jordan Grooms 13, and Alex Jarman 10. Bethel-Tate scoring leaders: Justin Marshall 15, Austin Newman 12, Justin Price 12, and Cory Roberts 11.
"They've come together as a team. They're doing better than I thought," said the Cards' head coach Ross Hudson.
He credits the leadership of his four seniors for providing the impetus for his charges' showing. The quartet of twelfth grade guards consists of Alex Jarman, James Foster, Zack Rought, and Dustin Clinger.
"They're progressing more and more as a team. They've been using their positives instead of their negatives," Hudson concluded.
Amelia completed its portion of its schedule of games versus former Clermont County League foes undefeated. New Richmond fell before the Barons 54-30. The victors led throughout 12-7, 31-14, and 45-21. Amelia scoring leaders: Garrett Hounshell 14 and Courtney Rodgers 10. New Richmond scoring leaders: Darland 11 and Kody McCormick 10.
Turpin tripped Amelia 49-39 in a Fort Ancient Valley Conference Cardinal Division game. The visiting Spartans bounced out to a 14-2 first period lead and never looked back with other quarter leads of 21-12 and 28-23. Amelia scoring leader: Rodgers 21.
The other Forest Hills School, Anderson, had a much tougher time to down Amelia, 50-47, in overtime, on the Redskins' turf. In this non-division Fort Ancient Valley Conference showdown, the Barons led 22-18 and 39-34 after an ll-all deadlock first period draw. The
final regulation score was 43-all. Amelia scoring leaders: Rodgers 13 and Bryce Couch 10.
Amelia continued its domination of former Clermont County League rivals by returning from the county seat with a 49-42 victory. Batavia shocked its guests with leads of 10-6 and 17-16 after the first two rests, but the Barons took control with a 32-29 lead going into the final period of play. Amelia scoring leaders: Rodgers 12 and Couch 10. Batavia scoring leaders: Avery 13 and Jason Strine 12. It was the first time these two varsity boys cage teams had faced each other since their last year together in the Clermont County League (1984-85).
Clermont Northeastern sent Norwood packing from Owensville with a 71-64 setback. The Rockets were on top after each stop of this non-league game 19-11, 38-24, and 58-46. Clermont Northeastern scoring leaders: Zach Slusher 19, Jay Terry 13, and Dave Colwell 10.
The Blue and Gold also claimed Bethel-Tate as a victim by a 69-41 count in a Southern Buckeye Conference American Division game played on the winners' court. The Rockets were ahead at all stops 16-8, 32-18, and 51-37. Clermont Northeastern scoring leaders: Terry 16, Chris Jordan 15, and Slusher 13. Bethel-Tate scoring leader: Louie Schaljo 16.
East Clinton returned to Clinton County with a 45-36 triumph over New Richmond. The Astros held edges of 9-5, 21-18, and 31-27 at the breaks of this Southern Buckeye Conference contest. New Richmond scoring leader: Nolan Darland nine points.
Harrison outlasted host Glen Este 61-57 in a Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division fray. The Trojans were in control at all three breaks 16-14, 28-22, and 43-41, but failed to hold on in the last eight minutes. Glen Este scoring leaders: Josh Crawford 20 and Tyler McCalla 14.
The Trojans were edged by visiting Walnut Hills 40-37 in a non-division Fort Ancient Valley Conference game. The Eagles gained the early leads of 14-7 and 23-14, but had to fight to hold off the GE second half rally that saw Walnut lead just 32-26 going into the final eight minutes. Glen Este scoring leader: Crawford 13.
Batavia fell before Madeira 64-41 in a non-league game. It was a second half collapse that led to this 'Dog defeat as the visiting Clermont countians were up 13-9 after one quarter and the score was tied at 20-all before the host Mustangs took over 40-31 after three periods of play. Batavia scoring leader: Avery 12.
The Bulldogs earned their first win of the campaign in a thrilling 55-54 overtime Southern Buckeye Conference American Division home victory over slumping Bethel-Tate. The Tigers charged out to early leads of 16-4, 26-13, and 44-42 before the home boys put the game into OT after a 45-all deadlock at the end of regulation time. Batavia scoring leaders: Strine 22 and Jake Florez 10. Bethel-Tate scoring leaders: Schaljo 19, Marshall 13, and Newman 11.
Williamsburg was routed by Fayetteville 77-45 in Brown County in a non-league game. The Rockets blasted off to quarter tallies of 24-17, 39-31, and 64-39. Williamsburg scoring leader: Justin Hines 21.