Clermont Northeastern’s Rockets lost their first eight games, but the Blue and White blasted off last weekend and completely reversed things to put themselves onto a two-game winning streak.
Bethel-Tate’s Tigers continue unbeaten and atop of the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division.
The Rockets bounced Batavia 56-53 on the losers’ floor. The Blue and Gold had to put on a serious rally in the final quarter to overcome the Bulldogs’ leads at the ends of the first three intermissions 8-6, 25-18, and 33-39.
This contest was a non-division thriller of the Southern Buckeye Conference.
Amelia was Northeastern's next victim by a convincing 72-56 count. The boys from Owensville, Newtonsville, Marathon, and Monterey led from the start 20-8, 33-25, and 45-36 in this non-conference fray.
A total of six players emerged with double digit scoring for the two squads. Junior center and forward Ryan Mummert paced the victors with 20 points, Varner had 13, and senior center and forward Jordan Smith 12. The vanquished were fronted by senior guard Austin Hounshell and junior forward Tanner Owens who both racked up 17 points and senior guard Vernon Harris dropped in 10 more.
This was an inter-county, non-league game.
The Fighting Tigers won the Crosstown Showdown battle between the next-door neighbors and arch-rivals in southeastern Clermont County. The visiting Bethel bunch led after each period 19-6, 26-17, and 45-27.
Louie Schaljo, senior forward for the Red and Gray, fired in 27 points and teammate Tyler Bullock, junior forward, added 11. The Cardinals' scoring leaders were junior forward Matt O'Brien with 15 points and senior forward Chris Shouse with 13.
This was a Southern Buckeye Conference non-division duel.
The Eagles won a Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division encounter over visiting Loveland 56-43. The Red and White used most of the game to steadily pull away from their guests owning quarter leads of 11-10, 24-17, and 37-33.
The leading scorer for the winners, who played just their second home game of the season, was Nick Hittner, junior forward, with nine points.
The Warriors, although outsized, outscored visiting Blanchester 52-44 in a Southern Buckeye Conference non-division confrontation. Following a 10-both first stanza, the Red and Gray held sway 23-20 and 41-30 after the next halts.
Senior guard Derek Bunnell made 15 points, senior forward Thomas Gibson 12, and junior guard Nick Wake 10 to spearhead the Warriors' attack.
The Lions skimmed by their guests, the Williamsburg Wildcats, 58-53 in a non-division clash of the Southern Buckeye Conference. The home boys led 15-9 after the first eight minutes, but the Blue and White was ahead 26-25 at halftime, before the Red and Black reemerged with the lead, 40-37, after three frames of action.
Will Shoemaker, senior guard, threw in 18 points and Timmy Hall, junior guard, 15 for NR. The Young brothers, Kendal and Elliott, freshman and junior guards, respectively, netted 22 and 16 points, respectively, for 'Burg.
The Trojans were waylaid by Winton Woods 82-52 in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division. The host Warriors were in control throughout 16-10, 38-24, and 62-39.
Junior guard Shane Seckman tallied 18 points, and senior forward Kurt Wesp and junior forward Mike Bouley equally shared an additional 20 points.
The Barons lost a home Fort Ancient Valley Conference Cardinal Division game to Little Miami 63-43. The visiting Panthers held sway all the way 20-8, 33-15, and 48-29.
Hounshell once again was in the forefront of the Blue and White's offense with a 14-point production.