Author: Bret Favachio

Division II District Final Recap

CINCINNATI, Ohio — The Southwest region featured three Division II contests last night at Fifth Third Arena on the University of Cincinnati campus. Let’s take a look at the outcomes and look forward to what’s next.

#1 Wyoming Cowboys 66, #2 Archbishop Alter Knights 77

The Cowboys came into the night unbeaten as they took down all 24 opponents they had come across. Wyoming senior forward Evan Prater gave it everything he had as he concluded his high school career with a 32 point outing. However, they ran into a buzz saw in the early game in Kettering Alter. The Knights bolted out to a nice early lead and ultimately it was too much for Wyoming to overcome despite making a run late.

Alter had four players score in double figures on the night. They were led by senior guard Jack Smith who dropped in 20 points. It was the fifth time all season that Smith eclipsed the 20 point mark for Alter. Sophomore guard Jacob Conner and senior forward Conor Stolly both added 17 points a piece. Stolly did so in just 19 minutes of action and for Conner, it was a season-high. Lastly, Brady Uhl pitched in a nice line of 13 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists in the win.

Alter advances to the Dayton regional to play the winner of Beechcroft and Eastmoor Academy at the University of Dayton on Thursday, March 12th at 6:15 PM.

#2 Hughes Big Red 65, #3 Thurgood Marshall Cougars 68

It was the second time on the season that the Big Red and Cougars were able to battle it out. In the first meeting, Thurgood Marshall came out victorious in a close game in Clifton that ended by a final count of 68-64. Sure enough, this game took place in Clifton and the Cougars got it done again by an almost frighteningly similar score of 68-65.

It was a back and forth contest between two entertaining and talented teams. Hughes got tremendous production from their big three of Jaesean Martin, Camron McKenzie, and Kionte Thomas as they combined to score 62 of the Big Red’s 65 points.

However, Chanze Amerson and Mekhi Elmore were outstanding for Thurgood Marshall when it mattered most. Elmore finished with 27 points and seemed to have all the answers for the Cougars when they needed a bucket.

In a back and forth game that featured seven lead changes, Hughes had a chance in the waning moments of the fourth quarter to tie the game. However, the shot fell short and Thurgood Marshall claimed the district championship.

Thurgood Marshall advances to the Dayton regional to play Trotwood Madison at the University of Dayton on Thursday, March 12th at 8 PM.

#1 Trotwood Madison Rams 74, #14 Purcell Marian Cavaliers 63

Purcell Marian’s run finally came to a close last night but they gave the Rams everything they could handle. The Cavaliers got a great first half from a trio of Jared Baldock, Dustin Davis, and Andre Simmons. Baldock led the way with 18 first half points and at the break, it was the 14th seeded Cavs that held a 17 point lead.

In the second half, Trotwood Madison would respond. The Rams outscored Purcell Marian 22-8 in the third quarter to make things interesting again. In the final period, we had moments of back and forth action between the two schools. There was a time when a Dustin Davis three gave the Cavaliers a 4 point cushion. However, Carl Blanton (29 points) and Trotwood Madison pulled ahead in final few minutes and walked away with the win to end an outstanding effort and tournament run by Purcell Marian.

Trotwood Madison advances to the Dayton regional to play Thurgood Marshall at the University of Dayton on Thursday, March 12th at 8 PM.

Division II District Semifinal Recap

CINCINNATI, Ohio — With all eyes on getting to the University of Cincinnati next Friday, we take a look at the three contests that were completed last night and the three games still to come in the Southwest district in Division 2.

Cincinnati 1

#4 Archbishop McNicholas vs #14 Purcell Marian – Tonight, 7 PM at Mason Middle School Arena

The winner moves on to the district finals to take on No. 1 Trotwood Madison on Fri., March 6 at the University of Cincinnati inside of Fifth Third Arena.

#1 Trotwood Madison 86, #14 Dunbar 33

Trotwood Madison moves on to the district finals to take on the winner of No. 4 Archbishop McNicholas and No. 14 Purcell Marian on Fri., March 6 at the University of Cincinnati inside of Fifth Third Arena.

Cincinnati 2

#1 Wyoming vs #7 Aiken – Today, 2 PM at Mason Middle School Arena

The winner moves on to the district finals to take on No. 2 Archbishop Alter on Fri., March 6 at the University of Cincinnati inside of Fifth Third Arena.

#2 Archbishop Alter 59, #4 Kenton Ridge 28

The Knights did two key things in their win on Friday night. They started fast and slammed the door late. Alter outscored the Cougars 13-2 in the first period and closed the game with a 14-3 fourth quarter.

Archbishop Alter moves on to the district finals to take on the winner of No. 1 Wyoming and No. 7 Aiken on Fri., March 6 at the University of Cincinnati inside of Fifth Third Arena.

Cincinnati 3

#2 Hughes 64, #10 Bishop Fenwick 55

The Falcons bolted out to an early lead over the Big Red behind the play of AJ Braun and Dan Luers. The two combined for 26 of the teams 28 points through the first two periods and that allowed Bishop Fenwick to head into the locker room with a 28-27 lead.

In the third quarter, Camron McKenzie came alive as he dropped 14 points in period. The McKenzie eruption and 23 point night paced Hughes past the Falcons despite a late run by Bishop Fenwick to make the game interesting late. Kionte Thomas also added 22 points in the win.

Hughes moves on to the district finals to take on the winner of No. 3 Thurgood Marshall and No. 8 Chaminade Julienne on Fri., March 6 at the University of Cincinnati inside of Fifth Third Arena.

#3 Thurgood Marshall vs #8 Chaminade Julienne – Tonight, 8:30 PM at Springfield HS

The winner moves on to the district finals to take on No. 2 Hughes on Fri., March 6 at the University of Cincinnati inside of Fifth Third Arena.

Division I District Semifinal Recap

CINCINNATI, Ohio — The Division I district finals at Xavier’s Cintas Center are only eight days away. Speaking of eight, we have eight Division I district semifinals taking place this weekend, five of which beginning on Friday night. Let’s take a look at what’s on tap in the Queen City.

Cincinnati 1

#2 Lakota East vs. #4 Turpin – Sat, 7 PM at Lakota West HS

The winner moves on to the district finals to take on No. 2 Beavercreek on Sat., March 8 at 1 p.m. at the Cintas Center.

#2 Beavercreek 64, #6 Springfield 44

Beavercreek moves on to the district finals to take on the winner of No. 2 Lakota East and No. 4 Turpin on Sat., March 8 at 1 p.m. at the Cintas Center

Cincinnati 2

#3 LaSalle 59, #11 Walnut Hills 55

Justin Lovette (18 points), Derek Eddings (15 points), and Jaylen Lemons (12 points) all score in double figures as the Lancers held off a late rally by Nic Smith (15 points, 10 rebounds) and the Eagles. LaSalle moves on to the district finals to take on No. 7 St. Xavier on Sat., March 8 at 8 p.m. at Cintas Center.

#7 St. Xavier 49, #8 Hamilton 39

Despite a big night from Big Blue forward and Northern Kentucky signee Trey Robinson (22 points), the Bombers came out with the victory over Hamilton. Kobe Rodgers led the way with 17 points (7-12 FG) as St. Xavier now moves on to the district finals to take on No. 3 LaSalle on Sat., March 8 at 8 p.m. at Cintas Center.

Cincinnati 3

#1 Centerville 74, #5 Huber Heights Wayne 42

Centerville moves on to the district finals to take on No. 14 Lakota West on Sat., March 8 at 6 p.m. at Cintas Center.

#6 Princeton 71, #14 Lakota West 81

After splitting the season series, the Princeton and Lakota West met again for the third time this year. The Vikings first half performance allowed them to head into the break with a ten point lead. However, the Firebirds were able to push the game into overtime and ultimately gutted out the victory in extra time. Lakota West moves on to the district finals to take on No. 1 Centerville on Sat., March 8 at 6 p.m. at Cintas Center.

Cincinnati 4

#1 Archbishop Moeller vs. #16 Western Hills – Sat., 7 p.m. at Hamilton HS

The winner moves on to the district finals to take on the winner of No. 9 Stebbins and No. 12 Springboro on Sat., March 8 at 3 p.m. at Cintas Center.

#9 Stebbins vs. #12 Springboro – Sat. 7 p.m. at Trotwood-Madison HS

The winner moves on to the district finals to take on the winner of No. 1 Moeller and No. 16 Western Hills on Sat., March 8 at 3 p.m. at Cintas Center.

#4 Turpin takes care of #24 Western Brown, 59-42

WEST CHESTER, Ohio — #4 Turpin opened up their tournament play against #24 Western Brown moments ago. The Spartans came in winning their last two games of the regular season. As for the Broncos, they are fresh off of a big win against Williamsburg on the road.

Turpin got some early production from a good amount of players in the first quarter as seven players all pitched in and pushed them out to an early lead. Senior guard Harry Tyszkiewicz was the high point man in the first as canned back-to-back three’s from each corner. For the Broncos, junior guard Zyon Tull wasn’t shy about letting it fly as he scored seven of Western Brown’s nine points including a deep pull-up triple at the horn. Nonetheless, the Spartans headed to the second quarter with a 19-9 lead.

In the second, Turpin came out hot scoring the first nine points of the quarter. However, Broncos senior guard Ian Shaffer came up big late in the period. Shaffer dropped in 8 points when things could have started to slip away. The Spartans still were able to win the frame and would go into the locker room leading by a dozen.

In the second half, Turpin was able to slowly distance themselves from Western Brown. Junior guard Theisen Lee scored 11 points in the final 16 minutes of the contest and the Spartans were able to put away the Broncos by a final count, 59-42.

Turpin had three guys finish in double figures in the scoring column. Lee tied a season-high with 15 points. While, Tyszkiewicz and junior guard Dominic Cantrella both finished with 10 points a piece. For Western Brown, Tull led the team with 14 points while Shaffer added 13 points of his own.

Now Turpin will turn their eyes to the last game of the night at Lakota West High School as they will get the winner of #12 Elder (13-9, 2-4) and #26 Anderson (8-14, 5-9).

#2 Lakota East rolls past #27 Kings, 55-28.

WEST CHESTER, Ohio — #2 Lakota East (20-2, 15-1) entered their first round game riding an 11-game winning streak and their first order of business was #27 Kings (5-17, 3-11). The Knights had a shaky finish to their regular season after falling to each of their last three opponents but were still aiming to pull off the massive upset. The two mixed it up just moments ago with the winner set to take on #28 Northwest (7-15, 5-7) in the next round on Thursday at 6PM.

The first quarter was a frame of runs as the Thunderhawks got out to a quick 5-0 lead. Kings senior guard Dylan Barnett quickly answered the run by burying consecutive corner triples to give the Knights an early lead. However, Lakota East was able to end the frame with eight straight points as junior guard Nate Johnson knocked down a couple of threes and senior big Alex Mangold ended the quarter with an interior bucket to put the Thunderhawks ahead of Kings by a count of 13-6.

The Knights struggled to get things going on the offensive end for the entirety of the first half as they added just four points in the second stanza. Meanwhile, Lakota East was able to get another nice performance from Johnson who added eight more points to the scoring column to push him to 14 points in the first half. Mangold added a few scores inside and the Thunderhawks headed to the break with a 22-point lead over Kings.

Coming out of the break, Lakota East got some production for a handful of guys in the third. It was the aforementioned Mangold and senior guard Jared McCorkle who pitched in a couple of scores a piece. While defensively, the only gave up six points in the frame. The Thunderhawks would enter the final eight minutes of play with a 46-16 lead over the Knights. The Knights had their best quarter of the night in the fourth as they scored 12 points. However, Lakota East comfortably walked away with the victory, 55-28.

Thunderhawks’ Nate Johnson led all scorers with his 14 points that all came in the first half. Alex Mangold was the only other Lakota East player to reach double figures in the scoring column as he finished with 10 points.For the Kings, both senior guards Dylan Barnett and Jack McHugh finished with eight points a piece in their final games to lead the Knights.

With the win, Lakota East will tangle with the Knights of Northwest for the chance to keep their state championship hopes alive.

Lakota East claims GMC title by defeating Oak Hills, 48-34

CINCINNATI, Ohio — It was senior night at Lakota East High School last night and the Thunderhawks were hoping to send the seniors off with not only a final win on their home floor but a Greater Miami Conference crown. However, standing in their way was an Oak Hills team that wanted to keep their conference title hopes alive with a victory.

In the first meeting between the two teams this season, Oak Hills came out on top behind big nights from junior guard Austin Dennis and senior guard Kelen Dietrich. The two combined for 42 points as the Highlanders took down Lakota East by a final count of 53-46. In that game though, the Thunderhawks were missing senior guard Kaden Fuhrmann — a double figure scorer for Head Coach Clint Adkins.

This time around, Fuhrmann was ready to go and both teams were mostly healthy. Lakota East was without sophomore guard Kobe Peck who has been out since early January with a leg injury. The good news though for the Thunderhawks was that Nate Johnson, the GMC’s third leading scorer, was available after missing their previous game against Princeton with the flu.

With the conference title at stake, Lakota East couldn’t have asked for a better start. The Thunderhawks got off to a 15-0 run that featured Nate Johnson getting a steal on one end and taking it the length of the floor for a thunderous slam. Their run finally came to a close late in the period when Oak Hills junior guard Adonis Caneris drop in a layup. However, Johnson quickly responded by burying a mid-range pull up jumper as the frame came to a close and pushed Lakota East out to an early 17-2 lead after one.

After a slow start for Oak Hills on the offensive end, it was the Thunderhawks who faced their own struggles in the second quarter. The Highlanders limited Lakota East to just four points in the quarter and while Oak Hills didn’t have a scoring explosion in the frame by any means, they did win the quarter and hoped to carry that momentum into the second half. Nonetheless, it was the Thunderhawks who entered the locker room with the lead over the Highlanders, 21-10.

In the third quarter, Caneris quickly dropped in five points, including a corner triple, to make it just a two possession game. But Johnson and senior forward Alex Mangold — a Nova Southeastern commit– responded with back to back buckets to halt the potential run from Oak Hills. The Thunderhawks slammed the door shut on the stanza when Johnson delivered a ridiculous behind the back pass to Mangold for an easy score. The highlight reel dime allowed Lakota East to extend their lead as they entered the fourth with a 30-17 advantage.

In the final eight minutes of the contest, both teams saw their highest scoring quarter. The teams combined for 35 points overall in the period after scoring just 47 points in the first 24 minutes. However, sophomore guard Jadon Coles‘ eight point frame combined with a few others pitching in wound up being too much for the Highlanders to overcome. Lakota East closed out Oak Hills by a final score of 48-34 and were able to claim their second consecutive GMC title.

Leading the way for the Thunderhawks was Nate Johnson. The 6-foot-3 junior come off of the bench on senior night and dropped in 12 points on 4-6 shooting. Senior guard Trevor Howard and Jaden Coles added eight points a piece in the win as well.

As for the Highlanders, it was Adonis Caneris as the lone Highlander to score over double figures as he finished with 11 points in 28 minutes of action.

Looking ahead, both teams have just one regular season game left with postseason play looming. Lakota East will head over to Lakota West to take on the Firebirds in a GMC showdown. Oak Hills will battle it out with Northern Kentucky signee Trey Robinson and the Big Blue of Hamilton to conclude the season.

Bowen Hardman, Kahlil Davis lead Princeton past Hamilton, 65-51

CINCINNATI, Ohio — 275 Hoops took in a Greater Miami Conference showdown on Friday night between Princeton (12-5, 8-4) and Hamilton (11-5, 7-4) in Viking Country. In the last meeting between the two programs, it was the Big Blue that walked away victorious thanks to a 26 point outing from senior forward Trey Robinson. However, the Vikings had different ideas on Friday night.

Unfortunately for Princeton, they would have to attempt to pull this one off with two big pieces not available. Senior guard DeAirius Barker –who still isn’t getting nearly enough attention on the recruiting trail — was out with an ankle injury. They were also without senior forward Sterling Berkhalter (10.8 points, 4.7 rebounds) as he was on a football visit to the Naval Academy. Not to be forgotten, Hamilton was also without senior guard Ke’von Burnett, an occasional starter for Head Coach Kevin Higgins.

The Big Blue actually got off to a fine start in this one as Trey Robinson, a Northern Kentucky signee, got going quickly. The 6-foot-6 forward drilled a couple of shots from distance and added two free throws to push his total to eight points in the first frame. The big start for Robinson gave Hamilton an early 14-11 lead over the Vikings after the first.

The two teams mostly went back and forth in the second stanza. Princeton would go on to tie things up at the break as they got some production across the board in the second. Senior guard Kahlil Davis, University of the Cumberland’s signee, led the way in the period with a couple of baskets inside including a smooth euro-step finish that froze his defender. Despite the Vikings being able to tie things up at 21, the Big Blue did get the last laugh of the half when junior forward Malik Verdon dropped in a layup at the buzzer. This came just one play after Hamilton’s Trey Robinson had to come out of the game with a head injury after a scary fall.

The good news was that Robinson was out with his team during the second half warm-ups and was ready to go in the third period. Robinson actually had his highest scoring quarter of the night after returning from injury. The GMC’s second highest scorer dropped in 11 points in the frame as his aggressiveness was rewarded with two buckets inside and seven trips to the free throw line that he successfully delivered on. Unfortunately for the Big Blue, sophomore guard Bowen Hardman drilled two triples from the left corner and a long two point jumper in the period. His eight points combined with Kahlil Davis’ five points would ultimately push them ahead of Hamilton. With just one period to go, the Vikings were leading the Big Blue, 40-34.

In the final stanza, Hamilton went to their three leading scorers to try and get them back in this game. Trey Robinson added another eight points. They also got their best quarter of the night from senior guard Kristian Walton (6 points) and Jackson Lewis pitched in with a corner triple. However, it wasn’t enough on this night. The Vikings put together a big period where they scored 25 points. Leading the way in the period was senior guard Jamal Walker with seven points. Additionally, Hardman scored scored six points and three others — Kahlil Davis, Greg Johnson, and Jaheim Thomas — added four for Princeton as they slammed the door shut in this one. The Vikings went on to win by a final count of 65-51 and now move to 8-4 in the conference and 13-5 overall.

In the victory, Princeton was led by Bowen Hardman (19 points) and Kahlil Davis (15 points), who combined for 34 points on the night. Junior guard Greg Johnson was also in double figures in the win as he finished with 12 points. It was just the third game this season that Johnson finished with over 10 points.

As for Hamilton, Trey Robinson had a game high 27 points despite the loss. That means it was the fifth time this year that Robinson dropped 25+ points in a contest. Malik Verdon and Kristian Walton added eight points a piece with the latter securing seven rebounds as well.

Next up for Princeton is a home contest against Sycamore, a team that they defeated 66-50 earlier this season. Hamilton is back in action tonight as they hit the road to face off against a Southwest Ohio Conference program in Harrison.

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.

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.