Month: December 2019

Paul McMillan IV scores 34 as Woodward takes down Aiken, 81-73

CINCINNATI, Ohio — A highly anticipated battle between two of the very best in the Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference lived up to billing with Purdue Head Coach Matt Painter in the building. Aiken came into the night looking to remain unbeaten on the season. While Woodward was looking to follow up on a two-game win streak after falling short in their first two matchups on the year.

In the first quarter, freshman Kanye Moreland got off to a hot start with a 7 point period. However, the play of senior guard Greg Stewart and junior guard Jakada Stone pushed the Falcons ahead as the two combined for 15 of the teams 19 points in the frame.

That’s when sophomore guard Paul McMillan IV turned it on for the Bulldogs. In the second quarter alone, McMillan dropped 15 points and pushed his total up to 19 in the first half. McMillan was able to get into the interior of the Aiken defense to either get to the charity stripe or successfully finish using his go to floater in the lane. The big quarter from the sophomore sensation put Woodward ahead at the break, 38-36.

The Falcons trio of Stewart, Stone, and sophomore guard Robbie Cass did all of the scoring for the purple and gold in the third period. In doing so, Aiken was able to tie things up at 55 despite the Bulldogs getting a well-timed 6 points from junior guard Montev Ware in the period.

With the game up for grabs, we saw just what everyone would expect. Two of the very best guards in the city going toe-to-toe. Paul McMillan IV and Jakada Stone put on a show all night and the two had ten points a piece down the stretch. However, it was the other Bulldogs — junior guard Aaron Davis and the aforementioned Montev Ware — who pitched in at just the right time for Woodward. Once the game was in control, McMillan put the game on ice at the free throw line and the Bulldogs were able to walk away victorious by a final count of 81-73.

Paul McMillan IV led all scorers with 34 points on the night. While Montev Ware added 16 points of his own. Kanye Moreland and Aaron Davis also helped the Bulldogs with 8 points a piece.

For Aiken, it was Jakada Stone leading the charge with an impressive 29 point night. Greg Stewart finished with 23 points and Robbie Cass had 11 points for the Falcons.

Game Preview: La Salle Lancers (4-0) vs Lakota West Firebirds (3-1)

CINCINNATI, Ohio — Tuesday has arrived which means a full slate of games will be played on the hardwood later today. One game that stands out among the best is a contest between two Division 1 programs that have gotten off to a good start early on. 275 Hoops will be in attendance for what expects to be an exciting battle. Let’s dive into the two programs and breakdown how they stack up against each other.

Who: La Salle Lancers (4-0, 0-0) vs Lakota West Firebirds (3-1, 3-0).

When: Tonight at 7:30 PM

Where: Lakota West High School

Fresh off of a victory against Kentucky powerhouse Covington Catholic, La Salle will look to remain unbeaten against Lakota West. The Lancers have already taken down Dayton Belmont, Dayton Meadowdale, Purcell Marian, and the aforementioned Colonels thanks in part to a trio of upperclassmen that are averaging over double figures in the scoring column — highly efficient junior guard Justin Lovette (15.7), senior guard Jaylen Lemons (11.7), and senior forward Derek Eddings (10.0).

However, Lakota West also equips a backcourt duo that can score with the very best. Senior guard Julian Mackey, who is shooting over 58 percent so far, is currently the top scorer in the Greater Miami Conference with an average of 25.5 points per night. Not to be forgotten, Carter Combs is averaging 14.0 points of his own for the Firebirds. The two fall inside the Top 10 in scoring in the GMC — a conference that features some of the best players in the city and some future NCAA Division 1 players. Sophomore forward Alex Afari is also getting it done on the boards for Lakota West as he collects over seven rebounds per contest.

Numbers To Know:

43.25

This is the amount of points that the opposition is averaging against La Salle throughout the first four games of the season. The Lancers prove to get it done on the defensive end and will not give you anything easy but will they be able to continue that success today against the high-scoring Firebirds?

42.3

When Lakota West is at their best, it’s when Carter Combs and Julian Mackey are putting the ball in the basket. In their three wins this season, the two are averaging 42.3 points combined. In the lone loss against Turpin to open the season, the two finished with just 31 points.

0

Something has to give. Coming into this contest, the Lancers have a 0 in the loss column. But there is also a 0 in the loss column for Lakota West on their home floor this year with wins coming against Middletown and Princeton. Even though it is early, someone is gonna suffer either their first home loss or their first loss overall.

Week 3: Taking a glimpse at some of the very best contests in the area for this week

CINCINNATI, Ohio — Week three of the regular season brings with it some very compelling matchups for a number of reasons. We have teams who are not known for their basketball success with an opportunity to show their early season success is no fluke if they can pull out big time victories. While other programs hope to avoid digging early holes while chasing their respective conference crowns. Here is 275 Hoops Week Three Preview.

Taylor (3-0, 1-0) at Deer Park (3-0, 1-0), Tuesday 7:30pm- According to the Cincinnati Hills League website the Taylor program has not had a winning season since at least 2007. So a win at Deer Park will show the rest of the city that the Yellow Jackets are for real. But the Wildcats are 24-4 over the past two years in league play, so Taylor will definitely have their work cut out for them. And you never know, there might be a 275 sighting on the sidelines.

Princeton (1-1, 0-1) at Lakota West (1-1, 1-0), Tuesday 7:30pm- Looking to avoid an 0-2 start in a tough conference, the Vikings will lean hard on the perimeter trio of Deairius Barker (2020), Cumberland commit Khalil Davis (2020), and super sophomore Bowen Hardman to help notch there 1st GMC victory. But they will face another talented perimeter trio in seniors Carter Combs and Julian Mackey, who is 2nd in the Greater Miami Conference in scoring at 23.5ppg, along with junior Oscean Anuforo. Whichever trio produces the most will win, plain and simple.

CHCA (2-1, 2-0) at North College Hill (1-2, 1-1), Tuesday 7:30pm- While other D-III teams may get more pub in Cincinnati, CHCA is a team that can play with anyone in that division. The Eagles have given up a combined 57 points over the last two games, including the 19 they gave up against Summit Country Day last Friday. Traditionally NCH has always been a tough environment for opposing teams which should make this a good test for CHCA. Watch for a 275 sighting at this game.

LaSalle (3-0, 0-0) at Covington Catholic (KY) (0-1), Friday 7:30pm- The Lancers cross the creek, another name for the Ohio River if you’re from the Cincy area, to play one of the best teams not just in Kentucky but Greater Cincinnati. Winners of two KHSAA titles since 2014, Cov Cath is again loaded with outstanding talent, particularly in the 2022 and 2023 classes with players like Chandler Starks (2023) and Walker Horn (2022). This is the start of a tough 7-days for the Lancers as they follow up this game with two more road games against Winton Woods and Lakota West. A win against the Colonels would be a good start to this three game stretch.

Flagler Palm Coast (FL) at Moeller (1-1, 0-0), Friday 7:30pm- Yes you are reading that right, Moeller had their 50-game in state win streak snapped by St. Vincent-St. Mary 64-59 on Saturday. But the winning was going to come to an end eventually, better now than March. So it’s time to see how the Crusaders deal with a tad bit of adversity, if that’s what you want to call it for a team who has not lost two games in a row since February of 2016.

Taft (1-2, 0-0) at Hughes (2-0, 1-0), Friday 7:30pm- The first of two annual meetings between these CMAC rivals. A loss by the Senators would put them two games back of the Big Red in the conference standings. And in a conference as competitive as this one being two games back, even this early in the season, is a tough hill to climb. Expect the energy to be on 10 in Krueck Gym.

Aiken (3-0, 0-0) at Western Hills (3-0, 1-0), Friday 7:30pm- Is there a team that has looked better in the first couple of weeks than the Mustangs? They have won their first three games by a combined 92 points and have scored at least 79 points in all three games. But if Coach Stokes squad wants to show they are to be taken seriously then a win against the defending co-conference champions would definitely do the trick. One of the ways West High can get the victory is to slow down guard Jakada Stone. The Falcon junior is averaging over 27 points, 8 rebounds and close to 6 assist per game. And what’s even more impressive is Stone’s close to 5 to 1 assist to turnover ratio. If fast pace, high scoring basketball is your thing this is the game to be at.

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West Clermont rallies to take down Winton Woods, 50-49

CINCINNATI, Ohio — In a lot of cases technical fouls never really matter in the outcome of a game. But unfortunately for Winton Woods Tuesday night this was not the case. The two Warriors technical fouls Tuesday night loomed large in their 50-49 home loss to West Clermont, a loss which saw a furious 4th quarter comeback by the Wolves of West Clermont after you guessed it, a technical foul.

Wolves jumped out to a 6-0 lead early, with the first two points coming free-throws after a technical was called on Winton Woods during warm-ups. As the first half went on Warriors 2020 W Aaron Ward started to go to work. West Clermont did not have an answer for Ward off the bounce, as he continued to attack the rim finishing over and around Clermont defenders. His 10 first half points helped Coach Andre Tate squad turn an early six point deficit into a 22-21 lead going into half-time. 

Going into the 4th quarter with a seven point lead it seemed the Warriors athleticism and team defense, particularly on Miami U. commit Jackson Ames would prove too much for West Clermont. But midway through the frame Ward was called for a technical and was removed from the game, and that is when the ride turned. With Winton Woods losing their primary ball-handler, Coach Mazzaro of West Clermont extended their defense in the half-court which bothered the smaller Warrior back-court. The senior duo of Ames and G DJ Vianello were fantastic in crunch time, each scoring crucial buckets and making veteran decisions to keep the Wolves close. In fact it was Vianello who made the pass to 2021 G AJ Gillespie who knocked down the winning three with four seconds remaining on the clock on a corner three. Ames and Vianello combined for 22 points in the 2nd half alone, with DJ leading the Wolves with a game high 19 points while Ames stuffed the stat sheet with 11 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 assist and 2 blocks. Aaron Ward finished with 18 points and 4 rebounds to lead Winton Woods while junior guard Tony Burrell finished with 10 in the loss.

Ohio Valley Hoops Classic Recap: Nate Johnson, Max Land, Kionte Thomas shine

MASON, Ohio — The annual Ohio Valley Hoops Classic kicked off today and the event featured some top programs and prospects that the midwest has to offer. Let’s take a brief look at how the contests featuring Cincinnati teams played out.

Wilmington vs Licking Heights – Friday, 12:30 PM

Kicking things off for the OVHC was Wilmington taking on Licking Heights from the Columbus area. Senior guard Cam Coomer, the Hurricane’s top leading scorer a year ago, was the high point man in the contest with 21 points. Unfortunately for the Hurricane, the disparity in the second period was just too much to overcome as they outscored the Hornets in every other quarter and ended up falling short despite a last ditch effort, 68-61.

Results

Team1234T
Wilmington Hurricane187181861
Licking Heights Hornets1622131768

Winton Woods vs Roger Bacon – Friday, 2:15 PM

The first contest involving two area teams on Friday came when the Warriors and the Spartans went toe-to-toe in a game that took more than regulation to complete. Roger Bacon had their way with Winton Woods all game until the fourth quarter came about. The Warriors pressured the ball all the way up the floor and got some timely takeaways and defensive stops when they needed it most. They rode the hot hand of senior forward Aaron Ward (21 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists), who put together the best performance of the contest, and were able to make up a 14 point deficit to send it to the extra period. However, it was the Spartans that got it done in the overtime period. The Roger Bacon trio of senior center Mason Cromer, senior forward Josiah McGee, and junior guard Marjoni Tate helped pave the way to the Spartans 62-57 victory.

Results

Team1234OTT
Winton Woods Warriors12131318157
Roger Bacon Spartans1718165662

Lakota East vs Taft – Friday, 4:00 PM

In a contest between two of the very best that Cincinnati has to offer, it was the Senators that initially got off to a good start in this one. However, once the second quarter arrived, it quickly turned into the Nate Johnson show for the better part of the game as the junior guard for Lakota East completely took over. The aggressive and attacking Johnson finished the contest with 28 points and shot almost 77% from the floor. The Thunderhawks also got solid contributions from sophomore guard Kobe Peck (12 points) and senior forward Alex Mangold (15 points, 11 rebounds). Despite a late run from Taft and senior forward Nekhi Smith, who finished with 18 points of his own, Lakota East was able to hang on and walk away victorious, 75-65.

Results

Team1234T
Lakota East Thunderhawks1126211775
Taft Senators199122565

Moeller vs Lutheran East – Friday, 5:45 PM

Coming into their regular season opener, on Friday, Moeller was looking to extend their 53-game winning streak against Lutheran East, who made the trek down from Cleveland. Despite a slow start for the Crusaders that resulted in just a two point advantage after the first quarter, it was their performance in the next two periods that pushed them out of reach from the Falcons. Moeller junior center Logan Duncomb (18 points, 13 rebounds) and senior guard Max Land (25 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists) proved to be too much to handle in this one as the Crusaders rolled, 79-58.

Results

Team1234T
Moeller Crusaders1325192279
Lutheran East Falcons111462758

Mason vs Carmel (IN) – Friday, 7:30 PM

After waiting for the completion of four contests on Friday, it was finally time for the Comets to protect their own home floor against the Greyhounds. Mason senior forward Jack Cooper gave Carmen (IN) all they could handle with a line that featured 18 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists. The seesaw affair resulted in Mason being on the losing end of a tight contest as the opposition came in and defeated the Comets, 61-54. It was the Greyhounds ability to get to the charity stripe that was a deciding factor in this one.

Results

Team1234T
Moeller Crusaders1325192279
Lutheran East Falcons111462758

CHCA vs Fairland – Saturday, 11:15 AM

On Saturday, the OVHC got things started with Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy facing off against Fairland. The first half featured a tight one between the two programs. But in the end, Clayton Thomas‘ ability to knock down timely triples loomed large as the Dragons outpaced senior forward Billy Southerland (19 points) and the Eagles, 59-50.

Results

Team1234T
CHCA Eagles815111650
Fairland Dragons1312122259

Turpin vs Canal Winchester – Saturday, 1:00 PM

This was a contest that I feel was under appreciated at the event this weekend. It was a battle between the junior backcourt of Dominic Cantrella and Jackson Holt against the Indians duo of Cole Metzler and Bilal Sow. Both of the respective duos combined for 32 points in the game but it was the Spartans night thanks in part to some big buckets late by the aforementioned Cantrella to secure the victory, 57-51.

Results

Team1234T
Turpin Spartans1111161957
Canal Winchester Indians716121651

Hughes vs London – Saturday, 4:30 PM

One thing I personally was looking forward to on Saturday was getting a glimpse what Hughes had to offer against London and their star Trey Woodyard. It’s safe to say that the Big Red opened plenty of eyes in this one. Hughes was able to get the contributions from junior guard Camron Mckenzie and senior forward Anthony Felder, who spent last year at Shroder. But it was the clinic put on by senior guard Kionte Thomas that will be remembered in this one. Thomas torched the Red Raiders for 23 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists and would lead the Big Red to an impressive win, 67-53.

Results

Team1234T
Hughes Big Red1912201667
London Red Raiders713102353

Woodward vs Jeffersonville (IN) – Saturday, 6:15 PM

The capper for the Cincinnati area teams came in a contest that came down to the wire. Early on, it was all Jeffersonville (IN), as the Red Devils led by 12 after the first 8 minutes of action. Looking back, that was probably the difference in this one. The Bulldogs dug themselves in a hole thanks in part to the monsterous showing by senior forward Tre Coleman (Nevada commit) of Jeffersonville. All in all, I thought the ability for Woodward to handle adversity and claw their way back into the contest was impressive alone. Sophomore guard Paul McMillan IV led the Bulldogs with 20 points despite being on the short end of the 57-53 defeat.

Results

Team1234T
Woodward Bulldogs712112353
Jeffersonville (IN) Red Devils199171257