Bethel-Tate remains the leader of the boys varsity basketball race in the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division and Glen Este is making a determined drive to move to the front of the chase in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division.
The Tigers walloped Western Brown 69-55 in the American Division of the Southern Buckeye Conference. The Clermont countians were in front at each intermission 14-10, 32-21, and 52-40.
Louie Schaljo, senior forward, poured in 28 points and Spencer Sutter, senior forward, 19 to spearhead the winning offense.
The triumphant's scoring leaders were junior forward Tyler Bullock with 22, and Sutter with 17, and Schaljo with 14.
In a Southern Buckeye non-division fray, The Red and Gray did away with visiting Batavia 54-37. Bethel-Tate was on top all the way 12-4, 23-14, and 40-24.
Schaljo accounted for 21 of the winners' points and senior guard Billy Sipos contributed 10. Senior forward Caleb Santel's 12 points powered the Bulldogs' offense.
The Trojans won a Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division battle over visiting Harrison 62-37. The Clermont countians were in control all the way 15-9, 25-16, and 41-31. Powering the Purple and White's offense was junior guard Matt Grau with 18 points, junior guard Corey Goedde with 16, and junior forward Mike Bouley with 11.
In a non-league encounter, Glen Este humbled Hughes' Big Red 61-56. The host Trojans had to rally from quarter deficits of 11-10 and 28-18 before taking a 42-41 third quarter edge.
The Purple people were headed by a balanced offensive performance led by Goedde with 17, Bouley 15, Grau 11, and junior guard Shane Seckman 10.
The Eagles climbed over Indian Hill 67-64 in a non-conference confrontation. Milford spotted the Braves quarter leads of 23-10, 36-25, and 50-46 before emerging victorious.
Junior guard Zach Baker powered the winning offense with 21 points and junior guard Jess Stankeveh added 12.
Anderson nipped Milford 60-58 on the winners' floor. After a 16-both first quarter draw, the Redskins pulled away to period leads of 32-25 and 48-40.
Baker's 15 points was the highest production netted by an Eagle.
The Barons lost a Cardinal Division duel of the Fort Ancient Valley Conference to Turpin, 68-52. The home boy Spartans were ahead at each intermission 17-15, 35-20, and 53-41.
A trio of the Blue and White tallied twin figures - senior guard Vernon Harris 17, senior guard Austin Hounshell 13, and junior forward Tanner Owens 10.
The Bulldogs were impounded by Georgetown 55-42 in a Southern Buckeye Conference National Division game played in Clermont County. The vistiing G-Men steadily pulled away with quarter advantages of 12-10, 23-17, and 39-25.
Santel tossed in 20 points and junior center Luke Bradburn added an additional 13.
The Rockets fizzled before Turpin 65-55 in a non-league game contested in Owensville. The visitors were in the lead at each halt 17-8, 27-18, and 44-38.
Hogue made 17 points for the Blue and Gold and senior center Seth Varner contributed another 15.
Blanchester's Wildcats won a non-division Southern Buckeye battle over Northeastern 68-64, in overtime. The host Clinton countians were in the lead 12-11 after one stanza, but the Rockets led 29-23 and 43-40 after the next rests before the game was tied at 60 at the end of regulation time.
Varner put in 22 points for the Blue and Gold and senior center and forward Josh Hahn and junior center and forward Ryan Mummert added 10 points each.
The Lions lost a see-saw, nip-and-tuck trial to visiting Norwood 53-42 after holding an 8-6 first frame edge. The Indians were in control 21-18 at the half and the Red and Black was up 31-29 after three frames.
Leading the New Richmond offensive attack was senior guard Jake Bostic with 10 points.
East Clinton sent the Red and Black home with a 68-57 defeat. The Astros were in the lead of this Southern Buckeye non-division contest after each quarter 17-10, 37-24, and 47-40.
Senior center Dylan Phillips and senior guard Will Shoemaker made 13 and 11 points, respectively, for New Richmond.