Clermont County’s varsity boys basketball teams are showing some serious late season spark.
Amelia defeated Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division (FAVC-C) opponent Turpin to drop the Spartans from sole ownership of the conference lead. Milford is recovering from a brief slump and Batavia has gone on its own winning streak to highlight the recent county cage competition.
The Barons won another FAVC-C contest, this time over Walnut Hills 54-50. In a tightly contested fray the squads were tied at 10 after the first eight minutes of action, but the Blue and White was in control at the next two intermissions 21-18 and 31-30. Amelia scoring leaders: Brandon Dietrich 16 and Courtney Rodgers 16.
Amelia’s 55-53 victory at Turpin dropped the Spartans into a three-way tie for the FAVC-C lead. The Barons spotted their hosts leads of 13-10 and 29-25 after the first two periods before the Blue and White knotted the score at 38 going into the closing quarter. Amelia scoring leaders: Bryce Couch 23 and Courtney Rodgers 19. Couch and Rodgers made five three-pointers apiece.
The Eagles lost at Hamilton in a Greater Miami Conference (GMC) contest 55-45. The home boys were barely ahead of the Red and White at each break 18-8, 25-22, and 35-34. Milford scoring leaders: Brandon Baker 13 and Greg Hickok 11.
The Red and White won yet another overtime battle. This time it was a non-league, inter-county contest over visiting Loveland 84-78. The Tigers lunged out to a 28-15 lead after the first stanza and held on 36-29 and 49-44 before the encounter was sent into OT with a 64-all tally at the end of regulation action. Milford scoring leaders: Brandon Baker 24, Andrew Burton 21, Mark Bryant 15, and Tyler Diercks 11.
The Bulldogs sent Blanchester back to Clinton County after a 54-51 win over the Wildcats in a Southern Buckeye Conference National Division (SBC-N) game. Batavia put together a strong second half rally to come back. Batavia scoring leaders: Andrew Avery 13, Caleb Corrill 11, and Jason Strine 11.
The Bulldogs returned from Clinton County with a SBC-N win over East Clinton 49-45. The Green and White was on top 8-6 after the first stop, but was in arrears to the Astros 19-15 and 31-25 after the next breaks before turning it on and pulling away in the last eight minutes. Batavia scoring leaders: Andrew Avery 17, Eric Simmons 12, and Jake Florez 11.
The Warriors were undone in Mount Orab by Western Brown 51-34 in the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division. The Broncos galloped away with quarter leads of 19-3, 35-15, and 39-28. Goshen scoring leader: Josh Greer 13.
Despite a very balanced CNE offensive effort, Clark Montessori managed to hand the Rockets a 64-55 non-conference setback. The Blue and Gold recovered from being down 14-7 after the first period to lead 24-22 at the half, but were down again 38-35 after three periods of play. Clermont Northeastern scoring leaders: Zach Slusher 15, Jay Terry 14, Tyler Sanders 12, and Mike Clark 10.
In the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division (FAVC-B), Anderson overcame Glen Este 68-42. The host Trojans were down at the conclusion of each quarter 13-10, 36-26, and 52-33. Glen Este scoring leader: Josh Crawford 10.
Glen Este gained a 59-43 victory over host Harrison in the FAVC-B. The Clermont countians were in command at all the halts 12-9, 25-20, and 35-32. Glen Este scoring leaders: Josh Crawford 17 and Sean Diebel 14.
The Wildcats hung close most of the game, but returned home with a 55-42 loss to Western Brown in a Southern Buckeye Conference non-division battle showdown. The host Brown and Gold was on top at each stop 15-13, 32-26, and 40-38. Williamsburg scoring leaders: Justin Hines 15 and Jacob Morgan 13.
The Lions lost to former Eastern Hills League adversary Deer Park 57-42 in a non-league game played on the winners' court. Following an 8-8 first quarter deadlock, the host Wildcats pulled ahead 25-18 and 39-35 at the next rests. New Richmond scoring leader: Cody Reardon 10.
The Bulldogs were snapped by visiting St. Bernard 67-59. The Titans spotted the Clermont countians a 19-18 first quarter lead, but took over the command themselves at the next rests 34-27 and 53-41. Milford Christian scoring leaders: Alford 27 and Griffen 17. Alford fired in five three-pointers for the Blue and Silver.