Month: January 2020

Nekhi Smith shines as Taft takes care of Aiken, 96-85

CINCINNATI, Ohio — Last night on Belmont Avenue, you could find two immensely talented Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference schools ready to square off against one another. One of those teams was Taft who was looking to bounce back after a tough loss in double overtime to the conference leaders in Hughes. The other was Aiken — the home team that desperately wanted to snap their five-game losing streak that hovered over their heads entering the night.

After observing in a moment of silence for the late Kobe Bryant, the two schools tipped things off and it was the Senators who made a statement early on the heels of three of the conferences very best players. Taft freshman Rayvon Griffith wasted no time getting going in this one as he put together an eight point frame that included a highlight worthy moment. The 6-foot-4, 180-pounder blocked a shot on the defensive end and would wind up going coast to coast while showing off a behind the back dribble that ultimately ended in an and-one opportunity. Aside from Griffith, the Senators also got good first quarter production from two seniors — Nekhi Smith and LeRoy Walker. The latter of the two dropped in five points and Smith capped off his seven point period with a corner triple at the buzzer to push the Senators ahead of the Falcons after one, 24-12.

The second quarter was more of the same for Taft as they followed up their initial 24 point frame by scoring 26 in the second. Furthermore, it was the same three cast of characters that led the way. Both Smith and Griffith would go into the locker room standing at 14 points after adding seven and six points in the frame respectively. While Walker was able to propel his total to 11 points. With that being said, despite an the 50-37 deficit for Aiken at half, Head Coach Ty Cass was able to get 11 points from sophomore forward Chance Davis and 9 points from sophomore Lebraun Berry in the first half.

Coming out of the break down 13, Aiken was hoping to climb their way back into the game. However, the Senators got big quarters from two players off the bench in junior guard Brandon Miles and junior forward Yacco Nelson. The two scored 12 points in the period and were a major reason that Taft was able to extend their lead over the Falcons to 71-53 entering the final eight minutes.

In the final period, the Falcons were able to get their first big quarter from Jakada Stone — the CMAC’s third highest scorer. Stone was relatively quiet in the first three quarters but he got rolling late for Aiken with a 12 point quarter. Combine that with Berry scoring 14 points as well, and the Falcons were at least able to make it interesting late. However, Nekhi Smith slammed the door shut by capping off his big night with 12 points and put the finishing touches on this one as the Senators went on to win, 96-85.

The Senators were led by Nekhi Smith, who reached his season high in points with 28 in the win. For Smith, it was his second consecutive outing in which he eclipsed the 20 point mark for Taft as he poured in 25 last Friday in their loss to Hughes. Additionally, Rayvon Griffith would finish with 16 points and LeRoy Walker provided the Senators with 13 points off of the bench.

For Aiken, despite the loss, LeBraun Berry had his best performance of the year by far. Berry would finish with 30 points for the Falcons with 21 of them coming in the second half. Jakada Stone’s big fourth quarter helped him finish with 20 points on the night. Sophomore guard Robbie Cass (14 points) and Chance Davis (11 points) also finished in double figures.

Up next for Taft, they have another conference battle on Friday as they will tangle with Western Hills on the road. As for Aiken, they will be looking to end their six game losing streak against Woodward.

Lakota East remains atop GMC with 61-48 win over Mason

MASON, Ohio — Lakota East faced off against Mason for the second time this season on Friday night at Mason in a GMC matchup. Their first matchup this season was won by Lakota East by the score of 44-40, a game in which Nate Johnson scored 16 points for the Thunderhawks and Mitchell Greer for Mason scored 21 points, which in large part kept Mason alive in the game.

Lakota East, who was 8-1 in conference play heading into their game last night against Mason, got off to a hot start in the first quarter. Nate Johnson scored 7 points in the quarter to lead the Thunderhawks to an early 16-7 lead after one. Defensively, Lakota East was able to hold senior forward Mitch Greer in check for much of the game, and held him scoreless in the first quarter of Friday evenings game.

Mason came out of the gate hot in the second quarter and they were able to cut the lead to 7 points at the break, and headed into the half down 27-20. Mitch Greer was able to get the lid off the basket and scored 4 points in the frame. Head Coach Clint Adkins’ defensive adjustments from their first matchup earlier in the season to this matchup Friday night held a number of Mason scorers in check. At the half, Nate Johnson (9 points) and Jadon Coles (8 points) of the Thunderhawks were in large part the reason for flow of the offense and the reason they went to the locker room with the lead.

The game remained within striking distance for much of the second half for the Comets and they came out of the locker room with much more aggressiveness offensively and defensively to try and cut the deficit and take the lead. Jack Cooper of the Comets scored 6 points in the third quarter and had 10 altogether heading into the final frame. Mitch Greer had 6 points of his own headed to the fourth, but it wasn’t enough to cut into the lead as Lakota East entered the final quarter with a lead of 40-31.

Defensively in the fourth, the Comets stepped up their defensive pressure on the ball enough to cut the lead to three points at 46-43 midway through the fourth. Jack Cooper and Mitch Greer both hit a couple of big three pointers in the frame and ended with 16 points and 12 points respectively. In the end, Nate Johnson and Jadon Coles still continued to be too much for Mason to handle and the Thunderhawks ended up pulling away with a 61-48 victory. Johnson ended the game with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Coles ended with 13 points, 1 rebound and 3 assists.

With the victory, Lakota East improves to 13-2 (9-1, GMC) on the year and Mason falls to 8-6 (6-4, GMC) on the season.

Princeton, led by DeAirius Barker, downs Lakota West at home, 82-77.

SHARONVILLE, Ohio — The battle for the top spot in the Greater Miami Conference looks like it will come down to the wire and lurking in the shadows of that top spot is Princeton. The Vikings are hoping to make a late surge to win the conference but standing in their way on Friday night was Lakota West — a team that got the best of them in the first meeting earlier this year.

Back on that December 10th night , Princeton got a nice boost from senior guard Kahlil Davis (Cumberland’s commit) and junior guard Kelvin Turner despite the loss. The two combined for 34 of the teams 76 points. On the other hand, the Firebirds got a big 15 points off of the bench from junior guard Oscean Anuforo in the win. However, all three of those guys were not available on Friday. Furthermore, the Vikings also didn’t have another key backcourt piece in junior guard Greg Johnson.

Princeton was able to get out to a hot start against Lakota West in this GMC clash nonetheless. The Vikings quickly put together a 22 point quarter thanks to the contributions of DeAirius Barker, Sterling Berkhalter, Bowen Hardman, and Jaheim Thomas. It was just the fifth time all year that Princeton was able to reach at least 20 points in the opening quarter and they are undefeated when doing so. Because of the productive period led by Berkhalter’s six points, the Vikings were able to combat a impressive 11 point start for Firebirds senior guard Carter Combs and led after the first by a score of 22-19.

In the second frame, Lakota West senior guard Julian Mackey was able to get going with 7 points in the period. The leading scorer in the Greater Miami Conference pushed his total to 11 points at the break. However, it was Bowen Hardman’s 12 point explosion in the stanza that ultimately resulted in the Vikings distancing themselves from the Firebirds as they entered the locker room with a 46-36 advantage.

Mackey was able to carry the confidence he built in the first half into the second half as the senior dropped 10 points in third quarter. Unfortunately for Lakota West and Head Coach Jim Leon, that was also when Princeton senior forward Sterling Berkhalter put together his best frame of the night with 8 points of his own. The timely period for Berkhalter combined with Barker pitching in some buckets of his own allowed the Vikings to maintain their 10 point cushion over the Firebirds as they held a 68-58 edge entering the fourth.

In the final eight minutes, Lakota West was able to inch a bit closer to Princeton. The usual suspects of Combs and Mackey had something to do with that happening. However, it was freshman forward Nathan Dudukovich who really led the charge for the Firebirds as he scored all seven of his points in the period including a big three late in the contest to keep their chances alive. In the end though, the Vikings and their senior leader DeAirius Barker was able to slam the door shut and keep their chances in the GMC alive as they downed Lakota West by a final of 82-77.

Princeton got season highs in points from three of their guys in the victory while another tied his season high. Barker put his skills on display as he finished with 23 points while adding five rebounds and six assists. Hardman also concluded the contest with 21 points and shot 8-15 on the night while burying three of his six attempts from distance. Berkhalter, who had a few above the rim finishes, saw his very first 20 point game in his varsity career. Lastly, while not reaching double figures, senior big Jaheim Thomas deserves recognition as he nearly reached a double-double. The 6-foot-4 football standout and Cincinnati signee ended with nine points and nine rebounds.

For the Firebirds, they were led by Julian Mackey and Carter Combs. The two combined for 48 points in the loss. Sophomore forward Alex Afari was also tremendous on the glass in defeat as he pulled down 12 rebounds (seven offensive) and added six points.

Looking ahead, Princeton will see their next action on Tuesday as they hit the road to face Mason. The Vikings comfortably handled the Comets in their first meeting and hope to do the same in just a few days. As for Lakota West, they will look to bounce back in front of their home crowd on Tuesday as they square off against Fairfield — a team they also beat earlier this season.

Adonis Caneris, Kelen Dietrich lift Oak Hills over rival Elder, 63-41

CINCINNATI, Ohio — The Battle of the Westside took place last night and the atmosphere was second to none. Last year in the game, Elder held Oak Hills to six points in the third quarter and was able to walk away victorious by a final score of 45-31. However, the Highlanders were able flip that script in the matchup this year.

Despite what looked to be an ankle injury to junior guard and one of the top scorers in the Greater Miami Conference in Adonis Caneris of Oak Hills, the home team was able to get off to an early advantage over the Panthers. Despite Elder junior forward David Larkins making his presence felt with a few buckets inside right out of the gate, Highlanders Head Coach Mike Price was able to get some contributions from a few of his guys in the first quarter in which they would win 12-7. It was senior guard Kelen Dietrich who was the high point man as his aggressiveness got him to the line and could have played a pivotal role in what was to come.

Dietrich delivered 8 points in the second quarter thanks in part to a couple of successful three point attempts. The 6-foot-1 guard that will head to Delta State after this season was up to 12 points overall and was a key cog in the Oak Hills 29-23 lead over the Panthers and junior forward Scotty Nieman (six point quarter) at the break.

Coming out of the half, Elder was well within striking distance in this one. However, the Highlanders came out of the locker room and made a major statement. Oak Hills was able to hold the Panthers to just two points and outscored the purple and white by 16 points in the quarter. The aforementioned Caneris, who missed some time earlier in the contest, exploded for nine points in the frame and ultimately was able to distance his team from Elder as they would enter the fourth up 47-25.

In the end, Dietrich and Caneris were able to ice the game from the free throw line and the Highlanders were able to slam the door shut on the Panthers. As the final horn rang, Oak Hills comfortably came out on top by a final of 63-41 to move to 10-4 on the season.

For Elder, they move to 7-7 on the season and get set to see La Salle at home on Friday. In this one, the Panthers were led by a pair of junior forwards in David Larkins and Scotty Nieman. Both finished with nine points a piece.

The Highlanders got a well timed 20 point night from Adonis Caneris — his third outing this year reaching that mark. Kelen Dietrich added 18 points and junior guard Austin Dennis pitched in with 11 points of his own. Oak Hills will have a conference matchup on Friday as they head to Colerain to face the 1-12 Cardinals.

Around 275: Tuesday’s Top Scorers

CINCINNATI, Ohio — There were over 30 games going on in the Cincinnati area last night. Lets take a look at some of the top scoring performances to kick off Week 8.

Brayden Sipple, Blanchester – It was more of the same for the scoring leader in the Southern Buckeye Conference. Sipple had his way on Tuesday against Batavia when he put on a 41 point masterpiece. The 6-foot-3, 175-pounder shot over 50% on the night while attempting just under 30 shots alone. As crazy as it seems, the scoring outburst from Sipple is only his second highest total for the season. The Wildcats star is averaging 34.3 points per night thus far.

Skyler Schmidt, Clermont Northeastern – It might have been in a losing effort, but Schmidt seemed to be every where for the Rockets last night, posting a career high 38 points against the New Richmond Lions. These high point outings are something we’ve grown accustomed to with Schmidt, as he has only scored less than 20 points three times in 12 games this season.

Craig James, Talawanda – The Braves traveled to Union County last night to take on the Patriots. James put up a career high 30 points in the contest which is twice as much as what he averages on the season (14.9 PPG). The junior guard was also active on the defensive end, coming away with 3 takeaways in the 69-32 win.

Tre Munson, Deer Park – Munson dropped in 5 threes for the second time this season an finished the night with 26 points, a new season high for the junior. The Wildcats went on the road to pick up a conference win over the Reading Blue Devils 87-53 as they battle for the top spot in the CHL.

Mitchell Greer, Mason – Another season high happened in Mason on Tuesday night, as Mitchell went 6-9 from behind the arc and finished with 25 on the night. His efforts came in a key 45-38 conference win over Oak Hills, which keeps Mason in the hunt still for the GMC title.

Kahlil Davis, Princeton – Davis tied his season high Tuesday with 23 points, this time having a win to show for it as the Princeton Vikings beat the Fairfield Indians 66-55 in a GMC conference show down. Davis seemed to be doing it all, as he led the team in rebounds and notched 4 assists in the contest.

Carson Crozier, Felicity-Franklin – Despite his team coming out with the loss against West Union, Crozier shined for the Cardinals. The sophomore guard pieced together his third performance this season in which he reached the 20 point mark. Crozier finished with 22 points, while successfully delivering on 9 of his 16 shots from the floor.

Alex Williams, Moeller – The Greater Catholic League South scoring leader had another nice outing dropping in 21 while shooting an efficient 9-11 from the field. Williams also stuffed the stat sheet with four assists and four rebounds in their 80-38 win over Huber Heights Wayne.

Logan Duncomb, Moeller – Another junior from Moeller had himself a 21 point night. Duncomb also crashed the class for 10 rebounds, marking his 5th double-double of the season. Although this one only took him 3 quarters to complete. Duncomb and the Crusaders set their eyes on a big GCL south matchup against Elder Friday.

Mason Weisbrodt, Batavia – In a game against Blanchester that was close until the fourth quarter, it was Weisbrodt who was the bright spot for the Bulldogs. The sophomore tallied 20 points on the night and added 12 rebounds. It was the second double-double on the year for Weisbrodt but both have unfortunately came in losing efforts.

New Richmond outlasts Clermont Northeastern, 66-61

NEW RICHMOND, Ohio — Entering Tuesday, the Southern Buckeye Conference featured just two programs that have yet to see defeat inside of the conference. But that all changed when those same two programs met toe-to-toe on the hardwood last night.

The Lions were off and running out of the gate thanks to the widespread contributions from a few of their starters. New Richmond got six points a piece from three different guys — sophomore Justin Ackerman, junior Will Hess, and freshman Evan Ipsaro. Production from the three helped combat an eight point frame from Clermont Northeastern junior Skyler Schmidt, the second highest scorer in the conference, and the Lions led 22-11 after one.

It was more of the same in the second quarter for both teams. Schmidt pushed his total out to 15 points with the second half still to go. However, for New Richmond, Ackerman relived his performance from the initial period as he dropped in another six points to push his total up to 12 at the break. The Lions also got a boost from junior forward John Ipsaro with 7 points in the quarter and he helped extend their led on the Rockets by a count of 41-24.

With a 17 point deficit staring them in the face, Clermont Northeastern got a massive lift from their two top scorers on the year. Sophomore guard Bryce Reece, who was held to just three points in the first half, got going with 6 points in the third. Schmidt continued to give the Lions fits, especially on the glass, and his 11 point period helped cut the New Richmond lead to just 7 with 8 minutes remaining.

With their backs against the wall now, Schmidt aimed to put the Rockets on his back and he nearly pulled it off. The junior standout filled it up again in the fourth with a 12 point frame. He had 23 points in the second half alone. However, thanks to some clutch free throws down the stretch from the young Evan Ipsaro, New Richmond withstood the Clermont Northeastern rally and was able to walk away victorious in this one, 66-61.

The win for the Lions moves them to 9-3 overall on the season and 5-0 in the conference. New Richmond will be back in action on Friday against Western Brown on the road.

The Rockets, despite the loss, have little reason to hang their heads. It was just the second loss of the season for them and they still stand a top the national division. However, the battle between them and Blanchester is shaping up to be a good one as we head down the stretch. Next up for Clermont Northeastern is a home game against Georgetown.

For the Lions, sophomore forward Justin Ackerman led the way with an impressive 18 point, 13 rebound night. Freshman Evan Ipsaro also eclipsed double figures with 14 points in the contest.

For the Rockets, Skyler Schmidt was nothing other than sensational. He finished with 38 points and 23 rebounds. It was the single most impressive performance that I’ve seen in person so far this year. Sophomore Bryce Reece also pitched in for Clermont Northeastern with 11 points.

Around 275: Dusty’s Top Three Games in Week Eight

CINCINNATI, Ohio — Man, this season is moving fast. It’s week eight of the season and this week brings with it some really, really interesting out of conference match-ups. As always at least one conference matchups are of great importance. Here is the preview for week eight.

Aiken (10-2, 2-2) vs. Mt. Healthy (10-0, 6-0), Tuesday 7:30pm– Has there ever been a quieter 10-0 start to the season than what the Owls have put together this season? Some will point to the conference they play in. Some will point to their schedule overall, which may not be the strongest. But you can only beat who is on the schedule and thus far Mt. Healthy has beaten them all. Tuesday’s game against the Falcons gives the Owls an opportunity to show against a quality opponent just how good they really are. If you are a fan of guards, you will have three of the best in the city on the same court in Jakada Stone (2021) and Robbie Cass (2022) for the Falcons and Kollin Tolbert (2022) for the Owls.

St. Xavier (9-2, 1-0) vs. Woodward (3-2. 6-6), Tuesday 7:30pm– An interesting non-conference matchup between two programs with a ton of history and pride. St. X has reeled off nine straight wins after an 0-2 start to the season, while the Bulldogs have gone 3-4 in their last 7. While everyone will be paying attention to Woodward sophomore Paul McMillan IV, and for good reason, also make sure to check out Bombers F Hank Thomas. The Georgia Tech baseball commit is a handful on the hardwood as well as he leads X in scoring at 14.3 PPG. He is coming off of a 31 point, 13 rebound performance in X’s last game, a 58-45 victory over Elder.

Woodward (3-2, 6-6) vs. Hughes (4-0, 8-3), Friday 7:30pm- As you can see it’s a rough three day stretch for the Dawgs as they follow Tuesday’s game against the Bombers with a Friday match-up against conference rival Big Red. This game has been long anticipated for a couple reasons. Number one being this will be Paul McMillan IV’s first game back at Hughes since transferring over the summer. He has not missed a beat since the transfer, leading the conference in scoring (33.1 PPG), while ranking fourth in assist at 4.8 per game. But the main reason this game is of such great importance is because if Woodward wants a chance at the conference crown they must win this game. They are currently 2 games in back of Hughes with Coach Wyant’s squad winning the first contest 63-60 on December 6th.

Deer Park hits the road and takes down Gamble Montessori, 74-52

CINCINNATI, Ohio — Deer Park entered Tuesday night riding a four-game winning streak and have only wound up on the losing end just once this year. On the other end, Gamble Montessori had an opportunity to protect their home floor and throw a wrench into the hot start by the Wildcats.

Back and forth we went in the first quarter as the Gators were able to find success from a few of their key contributors; Dre Kindell (8 points), Michael McCants (6 points), and DJ English (4 points) all pitched in early for Head Coach Roberto Allen. However, Deer Park also got an impressive lift from junior guard Tre Munson, who drilled three three-pointers in the frame. As the second quarter arrived, the contest was all knotted up at 14.

That’s when Wildcats senior guard Steve Gentry Jr., the fourth highest scorer in the Cincinnati Hills League, got going. The explosive lead guard had much success in the period by attacking the interior of the Gamble Montessori defense. Gentry’s aggressiveness led to some tough buckets in the paint and a few trips to the charity stripe. The 11 point period from the 6-foot, 155-pounder pushed Deer Park to an advantage at the break, as they led the Gators by a count of 33-26.

After the conclusion of halftime, the Wildcats were able to withstand an impressive period by Gamble Montessori’s Xavier Smith. The teams leading scorer on the season finally got going after a slow start by delivering a seven point period. However, Deer Park had their way on the offensive end in the third as they scored 26 points in the frame. Munson and Gentry continued their success while Gi Jones and DeShaun McEntire added 6 points a piece. The production among the four helped the Wildcats stretch their lead and gave them some breathing room heading into the fourth.

With a 20 point lead and just 8 minutes of action remaining, Deer Park was able to slam the door shut thanks to another solid period by the aforementioned Jones. The Wildcats moved to 10-1 on the season and were able to extend their winning streak to five-games after downing the Gators, 74-52.

For Deer Park, Steve Gentry Jr. led the way with 19 points. Tre Munson and Gi Jones also reached double figures. Munson finished with 17 points on the night and Jones added 13 points of his own.

Despite a tough second half with foul trouble, Dre Kindell led Gamble Montessori with 11 points. It was the opposite story for junior guard Xavier Smith, who concluded the contest with 10 points despite struggling to find a rhythm in the first half of play.

Next up for Deer Park is conference action as they will host Madeira on Friday — a team they beat by 40 points in their first meeting. For the Gators, they will try to get back on track against Hillcrest on Friday in a road contest.

Oak Hills tops Lakota East in battle for first in the GMC

Oak Hills and Lakota East met for the first time this season on Tuesday night in a matchup that featured the top two teams in the GMC, both entering the evening with a perfect 5-0 league record. Mike Price and Clint Adkins are two of the best in the GMC at having their teams prepared, and Tuesday night was no different for both coaches.

Oak Hills came into the game without their big man, Jacob Ramstetter, and were essentially looking at running the entire game with a six man rotation. Lakota East opened the game on a 5-0 run and clearly wanted to set the pace of the game with the size mismatch against an undersized Oak Hills team with a limited bench.

Oak Hills continued to trail for the entire first half, as Lakota East had a halftime lead of 26-21. Oak Hills held their own defensively the first half limiting Nate Johnson, the third leading scorer in the GMC to only 6 points at the break. A large part of Oak Hills keeping the game close at halftime was the two man duo of Austin Dennis and Kelen Dietrich who went to the break with 10 points and 7 points respectively.

In a tightly contested first half, and with two of the best coaches in the GMC going head-to-head, the chess match continued in the second half with in-game adjustments being made by each coach. The third quarter was much of the same for Lakota East trying to attack the paint and expose the mismatch in size. Mike Price had his team well prepared coming out of the break and continued to contain the duo of Nate Johnson and Alex Mangold fairly well and entered the fourth quarter trailing by only 5 points by the score of 34-29.

Starting the fourth quarter Oak Hills came out and for much of the fourth quarter ran a tough, hard-nosed, full court press in hopes of forcing turnovers and fighting back into the game. Their relentless effort on the defensive side of the ball did just that. Oak Hills climbed back into the game and tied the ballgame at 44 with just over a minute to remain in the game. Coming out of a timeout, Kelen Dietrich drove the ball to the basket and drew a double team, but was able to find open teammate Adonis Caneris for a corner three for his only three points of the game, but without a doubt the biggest three points of the game. That three pointer gave Oak Hills their first lead of the game by the score of 47-44 with one minute remaining in the game and they never looked back. Lakota East had a missed shot on the following possession and the final 42 seconds of the game turned into fouls to try and come from behind. Oak Hills would end up winning by the final score of 53-46.

Austin Dennis turned in his best game of the season up to this point as he finished with a game high 22 points and also added 4 rebounds and 2 steals. Teammate Kelen Dietrich also added 20 points of his own in addition to 7 rebounds and 2 steals.

The victory for Oak Hills improves their first place record in the GMC to 6-0 overall and their overall record to 8-2. Lakota East drops to 5-1 in the GMC with an overall record of 9-2.

Stars of the Night: Saturday’s Top Scorers

CINCINNATI, Ohio — It was an action packed day of basketball on Saturday as many area teams had to lace up for battle on the hardwood. Let’s take a look at some of the best scoring performances that came about on Saturday as we get set to conclude week six of the high school basketball season.

Camron McKenzie, Hughes – Despite the Big Red coming up short in the finals of the Palm Beach Central High School New Year Holiday Tournament against Palm Beach Central (FL), the junior guard delivered a 32 point performance for Hughes in their 77-74 loss. It’s McKenzie’s second consecutive outing reaching the 30 point mark.

Mason Mack, Cincinnati Country Day – The Indians took on Georgetown last night and they got a tremendous outing from junior forward Mason Mack. He dropped 28 points while shooting 11-13 from the field and nailing 6-7 free throws. The night for Mack is his highest scoring night on the year. He also added 11 rebounds in the 74-56 victory over the G-Men.

Larry Kocisko, McNicholas – The Rockets had a big non-conference game last night against Taft and it was junior forward Larry Kocisko who showed up in a big way. The 6-foot-4, 170-pounder delivered his second 20 point scoring night of the year as he scored a season-high 24 points (8-16 FG) and dropped in the game-winner as time expired to move McNick to 8-2 on the season.

Kionte Thomas, Hughes – Another member of the talented Hughes backcourt had himself a nice night reaching 24 points in the Big Red’s loss to Palm Beach Central (FL) The senior guard scored 13 points more than what he averages for the season.

Zyon Tull, Western Brown – The Broncos squared off against Anderson last night and it was junior forward Zyon Tull leading the way for Western Brown with 22 points. Tull had it going from distance as he dropped in 4 of his 6 triple tries. The 6-foot-2, 170-pounder shot 8-15 in the win against the Redskins while reaching his season-high for points.

Jackson Ames, West Clermont – Miami (OH) signee Jackson Ames was too much to handle for Indian Hill last night as the senior center dropped 21 points on 70% shooting. Ames also added 8 rebounds and knocked down 7-8 from the charity stripe as the Wolves took down the Braves, 64-53.

Ian Shaffer, Western Brown – We talked about the performance from Tull for the Broncos above. However, senior guard Ian Shaffer also played a big role in the Western Brown win over Anderson. Shaffer dropped 21 points — his third time reaching that mark — while shooting 8-14 from the floor.

Alex Williams, Moeller – The Crusaders made way to Centerville on Saturday to battle it out with the Elks. In the 57-46 victory, Alex Williams paved the way a 19 point showing. Williams only missed three of his ten shots and was perfect from distance. The sure fire Division One prospect was 3-of-3 from long range. So far this year, Williams has only had one game where he was not in double figures in the scoring column.

Cole Fisher, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy – The current leaders of the Scarlet division in the Miami Valley Conference hit the road yesterday to take on Newport. Cole Fisher, who is averaging just over 15 points per night, gave the Eagles a nice lift with 18 points. The senior guard shot 50% for the night while knocking in 4-8 three point attempts. CHCA went on to win the game by a final count of 62-44.