Goshen held onto its lead in the American Division of the Southern Buckeye Conference (SBC-A) after beating Batavia 68-52 in a non-division confrontation that took place on the winners’ court. The victors’ Josh Greer and the vanquisheds’ Jake Florez scorched the nets by making seven and five three-pointers, respectively. A total of 18 were made during the game. The Warriors held sway all the way 21-11, 38-17, and 48-35. Goshen scoring leaders: Greer 34 and Chris Petry 10. Batavia scoring leaders: Florez 21 and Eric Simmons 10.
Goshen is 9-3 overall and 7-1 and in first place in the SBC-A (big school division).
During a preseason interview, Warrior taskmaster Scott Wake was not real confident as to how his charges would perform during the 2006-07 season considering all the talent that had graduated from the previous season.
Wake believes his team has achieved its success this campaign because “the team chemistry has been real good, better than I thought it would be after seeing them during the summer.”
Senior guard Josh Greer is Goshen's scoring leader averaging 19.8 points per game. Junior forward Chris Petry is averaging 10.2 points per outing and he leads the Warriors by hauling down eight rebounds per contest. Senior guard-forward Jeff Freiberger is grabbing six rebounds per game. He and junior guard Nick Napier are the northern Clermont countians' assist leaders.
"The team has come together because everybody has accepted their roles," Wake said.
Goshen has a very trying schedule remaining in its division of the conference. Wake's Warriors still have to travel to Mount Orab to square off with Western Brown's Broncos (Feb. 10), Owensville to battle Clermont Northeastern's Rockets (Feb. 16), and will contend with New Richmond's Lions (Feb. 17).
"If we keep playing well, defensively, we should do well the rest of the season," the chief of the Warriors concluded.
Milford steadily pulled away to down Glen Este 69-56 on the losers' floor. In this non-conference, inter-county encounter, the Eagles were up at the intermissions 17-13, 37-27, and 52-40. Milford scoring leaders: Brandon Baker 20 and Andrew Burton 15. Glen Este scoring leaders: Steven Wilson 10 and Matt Winegardner 10.
Clermont Northeastern fractured Felicity 71-42 at Owensville in a non-division game in the Southern Buckeye Conference. The Rockets took advantage of a balanced offensive attack to launch themselves to leads of 18-12, 40-26, and 57-37 at the conclusion of each quarter. Clermont Northeastern scoring leaders: Zach Slusher 19, Justin Messinger 14, Tyler Sanders 12, and Jay Terry 10. Felicity scoring leader: Tyler Utter 22.
Felicity mastered Manchester 75-66 in a non-conference battle that took place on the winners' hardwood. The Cardinals utilized their own balanced offensive attack to remain on top at each stop 19-10, 40-28, and 55-42. Felicity scoring leaders: Jordan Grooms 24, Alex Jarman 12, Tyler Utter 12, and Jordan Peron 10.
The Barons won their second consecutive Fort Ancient Valley Conference Cardinal Division game, this one over Walnut Hills 79-74 in triple overtime. The host Eagles led until it counted, at the end, with period scores of 11-10, 18-12, 32-27, 48-48, 58-58, and 71-71. Amelia scoring leaders: Courtney Rodgers 26, Bryce Couch 18, Willie Tansey 12, and David Carr 11.
Amelia was conquered at Kings 59-41 in a Fort Ancient Valley Conference Cardinal Division contest. The Barons were up after the opening stanza 10-8, but fell back after the other halts 23-16 and 47-27. Amelia scoring leader: Brandon Dietrich 16.
In its first-ever game with Shroder-Paideia, Amelia lost in the closing seconds 65-61. In this non-league fray, the host Barons led 19-17 after the first quarter, the Jaguars led 38-31 at the half, and with an impressive showing in the third quarter the Blue and White regained the lead 51-41. Amelia scoring leaders: Willie Tansey 23, Courtney Rodgers 17, and Brandon Dietrich 14.
Glen Este remains the county's hard luck team. The Trojans lost yet another very close contest, this one to Loveland 42-39 in a Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division thriller played on the victors' floor. The Purple and White was on top 9-8 after one quarter, but was in arrears at the other breaks 15-14 and 29-28. Glen Este scoring leader: Tyler McCalla made nine points.
Bethel-Tate was unable to hang on to an enormous first quarter lead and allowed Blanchester to overcome the host Tigers 70-61. This was a Southern Buckeye Conference non-division fray. The home boys were on top 29-9 and 37-34 after the first two intermissions, but the Wildcats finally overcame the disadvantage to lead 55-51 going into the final period. Bethel-Tate scoring leaders: Louie Schaljo 20, Austin Newman 16, and Cory Roberts 13.
Bethel-Tate sent Lynchburg-Clay back to Highland County happy with a 66-46 victory. In this non-league battle between the hyphens, the visiting Mustangs were in the lead at each stop 19-9, 35-26, and 47-38. Bethel-Tate scoring leader: Louie Schaljo 10.
Batavia fell to Finneytown on the 'Dogs ground in a non-league game. The Green and White led 13-12 after the first eight minutes, but slightly trailed at the other breaks 26-25 and 44-42. Batavia scoring leaders: Andrew Avery 12, Ryan Collins 10, and Jason Strine 10.
New Richmond remains winless and Georgetown remains lossless after a 60-46 victory by the host G-Men in a non-division Southern Buckeye Conference game. The G-Men were ahead at each rest 28-8, 39-20, and 49-31. New Richmond scoring leader: Nolan Darland 13.