Milford, Clermont Northeastern, Batavia, Felicity male cagers unbeaten in pre-Christmas contests

December 28th, 2007    Author: Richard Crawford    Filed Under: Sports

Milford and Clermont Northeastern continue to tear through their competition. Batavia and Felicity have become recent additions to the number of unbeaten boys varsity basketball teams in Clermont County in recent action.


The Eagles humbled Harrison’s Wildcats 65-49 in Fort Ancient Valley Conference (FAVC-B) Buckeye Division action that took place on the winners’ hardwood.

The Red and White was in control at each intermission 16-10, 26-23, and 47-34.

Mark Bryant poured in 22 points, Brandon Baker 18, and Tyler Diercks 10 for Milford. Diercks and Robbie Kohler both connected on a pair of three-pointers.

Milford walloped visiting Walnut Hills’ Eagles 74-53 in a non-division FAVC two-county contest.

The Eagles were always on top 23-4, 35-19, and 60-31.

Bryant made 18 points, Baker 16, Diercks 14, and Wes Minton 10. Diercks made a pair of treys.

Glen Este was the next victim of Milford’s by a 51-38 tally.

In this FAVC-B contest, the host Eagles were up at each break 17-13, 27-17, and 46-25.

Kohler powered the winning offense with 15 points and Baker and Bryant with 10 each also contributed. Kohler fired in five three-pointers and Zach Baker added two more. Sam Olberding's nine points powered the Trojans' scoring.


The Bulldogs erased East Clinton's Astros 51-33 in Southern Buckeye Conference National Division (SBC-N) play.

The Green and White was in command throughout 15-7, 21-17, and 37-24 to keep the home fans happy.

Batavia's Andrew Avery earned game scoring honors with his 20-point output.

Arch-rival Williamsburg was the next triumph for the 'Dogs 77-43 in more SBC-N play.

Eric Simmons' 17 points powered the victors. Zach Heber chipped in with 15 and Eric Roberts with 12. Simmons made four three-pointers and Heber and Roberts two apiece. Josh Ross netted 12 points and Richardson 11 for the Wildcats. Ross' total included two treys.

Clermont Northeastern

The Rockets routed Bethel-Tate 63-42 in Southern Buckeye Conference American (SBC-A) Division competition on the victim's floor.

The Blue and Gold was in control at all the stops 21-8, 36-21, and 53-34.

Justin Messinger and Jake Terry launched the Rockets' offense with 24 and 14 points, respectively.

Louie Schaljo was in the forefront of the Tigers' resistance with 18 points.


The Cardinals outscored Williamsburg 73-57 in a SBC-N showdown that took place in 'Burg.

The Red and White gradually pulled away from the 'Cats with quarter scores of 11-8, 33-25, and 50-34.

Six players registered double digit scoring. For the victors, Tyler Utter sank 23 points, Jordan Peron 18, and Brandon Manz 12. For the vanquished, Cody Watson put in 20 points, Josh Ross 15, and Riochardson 12. Watson's production included racking up four three-pointers.


Spencer Cox's 15-foot jumper from the right base line with five seconds remaining in the game earned the Barons a hard-fought 57-55 thrilling victory over the visiting pre-season favorite Wilmington Hurricanes.

In this Fort Ancient Valley Conference Cardinal Division (FAVC-C) confrontation, the score was knotted at 20 after the first eight minutes, the Blue and White led 36-32 at halftime, but trailed 47-43 after three quarters of play.

Garrett Hounshell powered the winning offense with 33 points and scored more than half of his team's out put (19 points) in the first half. He made four treys. Classmates Cox and Brandon Dietrich recorded 10 points each.

Kings clobbered the Blue and White 70-49 in a FAVC-C encounter in Warren County.

The Knights darkened Amelia's chances with period advantages of 19-4, 35-23, and 53-32.

Willie Tansey's 18 points led the Amelia offense. Hounshell and Vernon Harris each made two threes.


Goshen skimmed past New Richmond 39-37 in a SBC-A game played in the Warriors' village.

The Red and Gray led the Red and Black at the end of each stanza 9-4, 18-17, and 35-23.

Derek Bunnell was in the forefront of a balanced Goshen offense with nine points. Deak Decatur scored a personal varsity career high 13 points, Nolan Darland contributed with 11 points and Kenny Roberts with two three-pointers for the invaders.

Still in the SBC-A, the Red and Gray lost to their hosts, Western Brown, 51-36.

Brown County's Broncos were on top at every halt 8-7, 28-13, and 36-28.

Again, Bunnell spearheaded the Warriors' offense with another nine-point output.

Glen Este

The Trojans shocked one of the FAVC-C pre-season favorites, Turpin, 50-49.

In this see-saw, nip-and-tuck encounter, GE led its guests 11-10 after the first quarter, trailed 28-24 at the half and drew even at 36 after three periods of play.

Brad Griffith was the Trojans' leading scorer with 13 points, two treys by Josh Crawford helped him tally a total of 11 points.

One of the leading contenders in the FAVC-B, Loveland, sent GE home packing following a 54-41 setback. The Tigers gradually opened its lead with stanza scores of 15-10, 23-22, and 37-30.

Dustin Brison dropped in 13 points for the Purple and White, aided by his three threes, and Tyler McCalla contributed 10 points.

New Richmond

The Lions outlasted Bethel-Tate 78-69 in a hard-fought overtime showdown that took place in the Lions' Den. This was a SBC-A showdown.

The river boys were ahead at the first three intermissions 15-13, 33-27, and 50-45 before a 67-all tie at the end of regulation time.

Justin Wilson and Darland combined for 50 of the Red and Black's points (28 and 22, respectively) and Justin and his brother, Jake, threw in a total of six treys (four the former and three the latter). Schaljo powered the Red and Gray's offense with 26 points, Mike Hill made 18, and Austin Newman 12. Schaljo, Hill, and Justin Price equally shared six three-point field goals.

Western Brown returned to Mount Orab with a 64-47 win over the Lions in SBC-A play.

The hosts were on top 13-9 and 30-28 after the first two halts, but were in down 43-36 after three periods of play.

Tyler Esham topped the New Richmnd scoring with 15 points assisted by two three-pointers.

In non-conference play, Deer Park's Wildcats downed New Richmond 67-62 in the Lions' Den.

The Red and Black spotted the visitors an 18-15 first quarter lead, but went up themselves 36-33 at halftime. Deer Park regained the edge 50-45 after three quarters of combat.

Justin Wilson and Darland equally shared 30 of the Lions' points and Esham chipped in with 11.


In a battle between Wildcats, Clinton County's 'Cats won out 88-61 at home in a SBC-A meeting.

The home town Blue and White held sway all the way 18-14, 46-34, and 70-51.

Josh Ross, aided by three treys, led Williamsburg's offense with 17 points and Richardson added 13 and DuSeasn Shelton and Ryan Penny 12 each.
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