Several of Clermont County’s varsity boys basketball squads are at or near the forefront of their respective division races of the Southern Buckeye Conference.
The Tigers gnarled Williamsburg in the Wildcats’ lair 88-57. This was a non-division game of the Southern Buckeye Conference.
The visitors were in control throughout 28-7, 46-29, and 67-43.
Louie Schaljo, junior forward-guard, scorched the nets for 34 points and Tyler Bullock, sophomore guard, added 13 for the Red and Gray. For the Blue and White, Elliott Young, sophomore guard, countered with 24 points (including two three-pointers), Matt Richardson, sophomore forward, 13 (three treys), and Jacob Simpson, junior guard, 12.
Deer Park was the Fighting Tigers’ next victim by a 71-42 count in non-conference competition.
The Clermont countians spotted their guests leads of 14-13 and 25-23 after the first two periods and Bethel-Tate really got it going to lead 51-27 after three quarters of action.
Schaljo made 21 points and Bullock and Mike Hill, senior forward, dropped in 13 apiece. Hill made a couple of threes.
The Bulldogs defeated Amelia 66-52 in intra-county, non-conference play.
The Green and White held sway all the way over their guests 17-3, 32-20, and 47-34.
The 'Dogs, tied for first place in the National Division of the Southern Buckeye Conference, featured balanced scoring with senior guard-forward Zach Heber making 15 points (two threes), senior guard Eric Roberts 14, and junior forward Caleb Santel and senior center Kory Eads 12 apiece. Senior forward-guard Willie Tansey made 13 points for the Barons.
The Rockets earned an easy non-conference victory over the visiting Little Miami Panthers 64-39.
The Blue and Gold was in command from the opening jump ball 22-9, 40-15, and 52-23.
Senior guard Jake Terry's 18 points and senior forward Justin Messinger's 13 powered the offensive drive of the triumphant.
The Eagles defeated Talawanda 66-58 in a Fort Ancient Valley Conference non-division duel.
The Brave hosts burst out to a 16-13 first period edge before falling behind 34-25 and 52-38 after the next intermissions.
Mark Bryant, senior forward, made 18 points (two three-pointers) and Zach Baker, sophomore guard, 10 to spearhead the Clermont countians' offense.
The Cardinals won a Southern Buckeye Conference National Division game over Williamsburg 79-52.
The host Red and White steadily pulled away from the Blue and White with leads of 12-11, 42-21, and 60-41.
A balanced offensive attack propelled the Cards. Senior center Justin Montgomery sank 23 points, senior guard Lenny Hinkston 14, junior guard Tyler Carter 11, and sophomore forward-guard Matt O'Brien 10. 'Burg countered with 21 points from Richardson (three threes) and 14 from Young.
In the Ripley Holiday Tournament, Clark Montessori's Cougars edged Felicity 56-53.
The Cardinals were behind 12-10 after the first quarter, but led 24-17 and 40-38 after the next two breaks.
Montgomery's 10 points paced the Red and White.
The Trojans took arch-rival Amelia 54-47 in an overtime showdown played in the Fifth Third Arena on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. This was a non-division game of the Fort Ancient Valley Conference.
The Barons led 14-9 after the first eight minutes of play and GE took over from there 20-19 and 29-24 before a 43-all deadlock at the end of regulation time.
Senior guard Dustin Brinson headed the Purple and White's offense with 23 points (four threes) and junior forward Curt Wesp added 10. For the Blue and White, Tansey tossed in 17 points, senior guard Tyler Smith 12 (two treys), and senior guard-forward Donovan Schwalbach 10.
Purcell Marian handed GE a 47-43 non-conference setback in a closely-fought battle.
The Clermont countians led 13-9 after one quarter, but the host Cavaliers led 21-17 at the half before Glen Este knotted the tally at 32-both after the third stanza.
Tyler McCalla, senior guard, poured in 19 points and Brinson 14 (four treys) in the losing effort.
In their own holiday tournament, the Wildcats wiped out Miami Valley Christian 72-22.
The Blue and White breezed to advantages of 27-2, 46-7, and 56-14.
Young gunned in a career-high 31 points (four threes) and Richardson made 20 (two treys to pace the hosts' offensive surge.
In the opening round of the tournament, New Miami outlasted the host squad 69-63.
The Blue and White allowed the Vikings an 18-11 first quarter lead before grabbing the lead after the next two stops 38-31 and 49-46.
Young tallied 19 points and Richardson 18 (four three-pointers) for the hosts.
Georgetown won a Southern Buckeye Conference National Division game over Williamsburg 65-38.
The G-Men led their guests at each break 22-9, 31-22, and 52-27.
Richardson's 18 points (a trio of threes) led the Clermont countians' scoring.
The Lions succumbed to host Mariemont, in the Warriors' Holiday Invitational Tournament, 67-49.
The Red and Black was behind at each stanzna's end 20-8, 36-14, and 44-28.
Sophomore forward Steve Binder's 14 points led the Lions and junior guard Jake Bostic chipped in with two three-pointers.