Milford, Batavia, and Clermont Northeastern have been the winners of late among Clermont County’s varsity boys basketball squads.
The Eagles handed Goshen its first loss of the season 75-60 in an intra-county, non-conference clash. The host Red and White slowly pulled away from the Red and Gray with quarter advantages of 18-15, 32-20, and 51-43.
Senior forward Mark Bryant poured in 20 points for Milford to earn game scoring honors. Senior forward Justin Cellars put in 15 points, sophomore guard Zach Baker 12 (including sinking two three-pointers), and junior guard Wes Minton 10 for the victors.
Glen Este was victimized by the Eagles 62-48 in a Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division duel. The northern Clermont countians were ahead of their central Clermont County neighbors at the conclusion of each period 20-4, 24-18, and 44-33.
Bryant was in the forefront of the Red and White's offense with 20 points, Baker had 14 (including a quartet of threes), and Cellars added 10. For the Purple and White, senior guard Dustin Brinson made 15 points, junior forward Curt Wesp 13, and senior guard Tyler McCalla 12.
The Bulldogs won the showdown over arch-rival Williamsburg 69-54 in an intra-county National Division game of the Southern Buckeye Conference. The visiting Green and White steadily pulled away throughout the contest with quarter leads of 14-10, 39-25, and 59-39.
Senior guard Eric Roberts paced the winning offense with 17 points, junior forward Caleb Santel added 14 (two threes), senior guard Ross Gibson 13 (two treys), and senior center Korey Eads 11.
Elliott Young, Wildcat sophomore guard, scored a career-high 29 points (including four threes) to lead all scorers and Matt Richardson, sophomore forward, tossed in 11 (two threes).
In another Southern Buckeye Conference National Division encounter, the Green and White overcame East Clinton's Astros 60-55. The visiting Clinton countians were ahead 13-11 after the first eight minutes of action, but the guys from Clermont County regained the advantage and held it with stanza leads of 28-26 and 46-40.
Zach Heber, senior guard-forward, was the Bulldogs' scoring leader with 18 points. Teammates Eads and Roberts equally shared 22 points to round out the double digit scoring.
The Rockets, without the services of senior guard Jake Terry, who owns Clermont County's current top scoring average in varsity boys basketball, defeated Goshen 55-44 in a showdown between arch-rivals. A horrible second quarter enabled the Blue and Gold to earn quarter advantages of 16-11, 30-15, and 36-24 in this Southern Buckeye Conference American Division confrontation.
Justin Messinger, Northeastern senior forward, poured in 27 points to lead all scorers in the battle. The Red and Gray's resistance was powered by McClanahan with 12 points and Wake with 10.
The Cardinals put a serious scare in Southern Buckeye Conference National Division leading Georgetown before falling 58-50 on the court of the Brown countians. The G-Men led 15-13 after the opening eight minutes, but trailed 25-22 at halftime before regaining the advantage at 41-33 going into the final period.
Matt O'Brian, sophomore forward-guard, was the Red and White's scoring leader by sinking 17 points (including a pair of three-pointers) and teammate Chris Shouse, junior forward, netted 11 points.
The Lions were undone by visiting Western Brown 68-51. The Brown countians were in the forefront at each intermission 28-10, 37-23, and 57-36 of this American Division confrontation of the Southern Buckeye Conference.
Justin Wilson, senior guard, was the game's scoring leader with 27 points (including four threes) and Steven Binder, sophomore forward, tallied another 12 points.
The Barons were levelled by Mount Healthy 56-46 at the barony. In this non-conference contest, the visiting Owls were forced to rally in the second half after Amelia was on top 15-11 and 27-21 after the first two quarters. The guests staged a huge third period comeback to lead 42-38 going into the final stanza.
The Blue and White featured balanced scoring. Senior center Scott Diebel and senior forward Scott Sutter both dropped in 11 points and senior guard Donovan Schwalbach and senior forward Eillie Tansey racked up 10 points apiece.
Wilmington, leader of the Cardinal Division of the Fort Ancient Conference, annihilated the Barons 68-30. The host Hurricanes burst out to quarter advantages of 14-3, 33-10, and 52-14.
Austin Hounshell, junior guard, was the leading scorer for the Blue and White with eight points.