Author: Dusty Wright

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.

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.

275 Hoops Opening Week Preview

CINCINNATI, Ohio — It’s turkey week so of course everyone is talking football, but in Cincy the gridiron will have to share the spotlight with high schools hoops. That’s right, the regular season action on the boy’s side gets underway this week, and there are some intriguing games on the schedule highlighted by the Ohio Valley Hoops Classic at Mason High School Friday and Saturday. To get you in the right mind frame to start the season let’s preview some of the matchups on the slate this week. 

Lakota East vs. Taft, Friday 4:00pm (Mason H.S.)- There are a lot of intrigue surrounding this game for a number of reasons. First off you have a matchup of one of the best D-I programs in Cincy against one of the best D-III programs in Cincy. A matchup that I can’t remember taking place ever. Then you have the debut of one of the top freshman in the nation in Taft’s Rayvon Griffith. Already holding a D-I offer (Kent St.), Griffith is already looked at as one of the top players in the always ultra-talented CMAC. And we haven’t even mentioned East 2021 point man Nate Johnson, who according to Verbal Commits, also holds an offer from Kent St. along with Ohio and Miami (OH), or the big man matchup between seniors Alex Mangold (East) and Nekhi Smith (Taft). While the lineup for Ohio Valley Hoops Classic has lots of high-quality matchups, this game has a chance to be the gem of the weekend. 

Moeller vs. Cleveland Heights Lutheran East, Friday 5:45pm (Mason H.S.)- The road to a third straight state title begins for the Crusaders with a matchup against last season’s D-III runner-up. While the names may not be as familiar as in the past, Moeller is again loaded with talent and is again seen as the favorite to cut down the nets come March. Junior C Logan Duncomb holds four offers from the Big Ten alone while athletic senior G Max Land announced his commitment to St. Francis University via his Twitter account on October 4th. With at least three other players on the roster also holding D-I offers, it is going to be a tough task for Lutheran East to pull off the upset. Oh and by the way, Coach Kremer’s program has not lost to another program from Ohio since the 2017 state title game. Good luck with that. 

Gamble Montessori at Clark Montessori, Saturday 7:30pm- While the name recognition may not be there like the previous two games talked about, what we have here are two quality D-III programs opening the season against one another. Gone for the Gators is 2021 G Kaden Warner who moved to West Virginia over the summer. But Coach Berdo Allen has brought in another quick and exciting point man in Dre Kindell (2021) who is electric in transition and is a willing sharer of the basketball. The matchup between himself and Clark G Sean Ealy (2020) should be highly entertaining. Speaking of Clark, their 2019 graduating class averaged over 40ppg last season on their way to the Miami Valley Scarlet conference crown. It will be interesting to see who will be able to step up and provide Ealy with some scoring help.

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