The Clermont County varsity boys basketball campaign began with a number of non-conference confrontations
Glen Este won its first pair of duels by identical 65-61 scores.
The Trojans had to go into overtime to overcome the visiting Mt. Healthy Owls. The quarter scores saw GE up 13-12, then down 34-26 and 46-40 before sending the game into OT at 51-51.
Glen Este followed up with a win at the University of Cincinnati over Amelia. The Barons burst to early period advantages of 15-6 and 29-25 before the Trojans recovered to lead 44-37 after the third stanza.
Goedde made 17 (four three-point field goals) this time and Wesp 15. Senior guard Austin Hounshell tossed in 17 (four threes) and senior guard Vernon Harris and junior forward Tanner Owens 14 (two threes) each for the Blue and White.
Bethel-Tate rallied to defeat Cincinnati Country Day's Indians 42-37 on the winners' floor. The Tigers led 13-12 after the opening quarter, but fell behind 21-18 and 29-26 going into the final eight minutes.
Bethel-Tate senior forward Louis Schaljo poured in 21 points to lead all scorers.
Goshen had to go into overtime before mastering McClain 54-51 in Greenfield. The Warriors spotted their hosts 11-8 and 21-19 leads before going ahead 34-32 after three quarters and the tally was tied at 41 at the end of regulation time.
Senior guard Derek Bunnell (two threes) topped the winners' scoring with 19 points, junior center Kody Lehman made 13 points, and junior guard Nick Wake 10 (two threes).
Milford overpowered Sycamore 81-66. The visitors were in control throughout 18-16, 39-33, and 65-55.
Junior guard Zach Baker with 20 points (four threes), junior forward Nick Hittner with 19, and junior guard Callan Hughes with 17 were in the forefront of the Eagles offense.
Williamsburg easily whipped White Oak 70-51. The visiting Clermont County Wildcats were ahead of the Highland County Wildcats after each period of action 21-16, 33-25, and 48-36.
Junior guard Elliott Young scorched the nets by getting 27 points (three threes) for the 'Burg, junior forward Matt Richardson contributed 14, and junior guard Kendal Young 13.
Amelia was beaten at Western Brown 70-63. The Blue and White was ahead 21-14 and 34-29 after the first two periods and the Broncos took over 46-45 going into the final period.
Junior forward Tanner Owens earned game scoring honors for the Barons with his 20-point output.
Clermont Northeastern was overflown by Ripley's Blue Jays 67-56 in a game played on the winners' hardwood. The Rockets were in arrears after each halt 17-12, 36-25, and 45-32.
The Blue and Gold's senior center Seth Varner scorched the nets with his game-leading 29 points.
Batavia was beaten by St. Bernard 52-39. The host Titans were in control all the way 6-1, 23-10, and 33-25.
Senior forward Caleb Santel was the scoring leader for the Clermont countians by tallying 16 points (three threes). Freshman guard Sam Suttles made two threes.
Mariemont manacled the Bulldogs 52-30 on the losers' floor. The Warriors were in command 13-10, 33-10, and 46-22 at the intermissions (yes, the halftime score was 33-10 after a 13-10 first quarter score).
Junior center Luke Bradburn's nine points led the Green and White's offensive production.
New Richmond was downed by Deer Park 43-33 in the Lions' Den. The Lions charged off to a 4-0 first period score, but was on the downside the rest of the way 18-14 and 28-23.
Junior forward Steven Binder's 10 points paced the Red and Black's scoring.
It took Western Brown overtime before finally downing visiting New Richmond 57-53. The lead see-sawed back and forth throughout. At the end of each quarter the Lions led 13-12, the Broncos led 21-20 and NR regained the advantage 33-29 before a 45-both score at the end of regulation time.
Senior guard Will Shoemaker made 19 points (four three-pointers) and senior guard Jake Bostic 10 (two threes) for the boys along the Ohio River.