Many of Clermont County’s varsity boys basketball squads have been earning victories of late. Bethel-Tate and Goshen have been steadily pulling away from the pack in the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division and Glen Este has been gaining victories in the Buckeye Division of the Fort Ancient Valley Conference.
The Tigers clobbered Fayetteville 74-43 in non-conference play on the winners’ court. The Rockets surprisingly led their hosts 19-16 after the first period, but the Tigers recovered to lead 43-28 and 60-37 after the next halts.
Leading the Clermont countians’ scoring was senior forward Louie Schaljo with 20 points and junior forward Tyler Bullock with 17.
Almost half of the Bethel-Tate roster scored in twin figures. Bullock led all with 18 points, Schaljo had 17, senior forward Spencer Sutter 12, senior forward Kevin Poe 10, and junior guard Logan Stephens 10.
The Trojans pounded Purcell Marian 82-65 in a non-conference game. The host Purple and White was in control throughout 24-16, 36-29, and 64-49.
Senior forward Curt Wesp was the GE scoring leader with 20 points and junior forwards Mike Bouley and Shane Seckman both accounted for 18 points apiece.
The Trojans traveled to Milford to avenge an earlier setback and returned home happy following a 59-47 victory in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division.
Junior guard Corey Goedde threw in 16 points, Bouley another 16 points and Wesp added 13 for the victors. Senior guard Joey Hammond was the Eagles' scoring leader with 10 points.
The Warriors had little trouble trouncing Amelia 73-52 in a non-league tilt. The home boys were ahead all the way 23-8, 41-22, and 53-37.
Nick Wake, junior guard, netted 19 points for Goshen to earn game scoring honors, senior guard Derek Bunnell made 13, senior forward Antony Burch made 11, and senior forward Thomas Gibson made 10. For the Barons, senior guard Vernon Harris made 18 points and junior forward Tanner Owens 11.
Williamsburg also posed no problem for the Red and Gray who won out 61-42 in a home non-division win in the Southern Buckeye Conference.
Wake led all again with 19 points, Bunnell and Gibson equally shared 20 points. Pacing the Wildcats with 13 points apiece were junior guard Elliott Young and junior forward Matt Richardson.
The Lions won a hard-fought struggle over visiting Felicity 75-67. This Southern Buckeye Conference non-division fray had been cancelled from the night before due to the electricity going out.
The host five owned slim margins of 10-8, 28-23, and 40-39 at the intermissions.
Balanced scoring powered the Red and Black attack. Senior guard Jake Bostic tossed in 21 points, junior guard Tim Hall 16, senior center Dylan Phillips 14, and senior guard Will Shoemaker 11. Felicity's scoring leader was junior forward Matt O'Brien with 13 points.
The Wildcats returned to the friendly confines of Clermont County with an 80-69 victory over East Clinton's Astros in the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division. The Blue and White was ahead at each rest 22-17, 41-38, and 58-52.
The Young brothers, Elliott, junior guard, and Kendall, freshman guard, netted 39 and 24 points, respectively, for 'Burg.
The Rockets lost in Owensville to Georgetown 52-46 in a non-division game of the Southern Buckeye Conference. The G-Men were ahead of their hosts at each break 17-8, 23-17, and 37-30.
Senior center Seth Varner's 14 points powered the CNE offense and senior center/forward Jordan Smith made 10.
The Milford Christian Academy Bulldogs lost to the School of Creative and Performing Arts 45-33 in Milford. The visitors led the Bulldogs at each intermission 13-5, 23-17, and 32-21.
Williamson's 11 points led the Blue and Silver's resistance.
The Barons were bombed by Wilmington 75-36 on the Hurricanes' floor in this Fort Ancient Valley Conference Cardinal Division tilt. The hosts were on top at each stop 18-4, 39-14, and 63-25.
Senior guard Austin Hounshell's nine points paced the Blue and White.
The Bulldogs were upended by Fayetteville in non-league action in Brown County. The Green and White trailed 10-7 after the first quarter, tied it at 25 at the half and were behind again after the third period 37-31.
For the 'Dawgs, senior forward Caleb Santel sank 13 points and senior guard Matt Cook 11.
Western Brown won out 54-48 in the American Division of the Southern Buckeye Conference. This time Santel sank 19 points and Cook 10.
The Cardinals crumbled before Blanchester 70-45 in the Southern Buckeye Conference National Division. The host Wildcats led all the way 19-15, 32-31, and 57-36.
Senior forward Chris Shouse's 18 points spearheaded the Red and White fight and O'Brien added 14.
The Eagles were topped by Taft 79-68 in non-league competition. The visiting Senators were in control throughout 21-14, 41-35, and 56-48.
Junior guard Zach Baker powered the Eagle offense with 21 points and junior forward Cody Dierks made 11.