Game Preview: Taft Senators (4-3, 1-1) vs Woodward Bulldogs (4-4, 2-1)

CINCINNATI, Ohio — The new year has arrived and the weekend slate of games looks very promising. This particular contest between two of the best in the Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference may very well take the cake for the best game tonight as the Taft Senators will make their way to Dennis Bettis court to square off against the Woodward Bulldogs.

Who: Taft Senators (4-3, 1-1) vs Woodward Bulldogs (4-4, 2-1)

When: Tonight at 7:30 PM

Where: Woodward High School

Coming into the night, both schools have just one loss inside the conference. Tonight’s game will be a big one as the Senators and Bulldogs aim to stay on the heels of Hughes, the current leaders of the red division in the conference.

Woodward, led by sophomore guard Paul McMillan IV, is fresh off of a trip to the sunshine state where they fell short in two out of the three games they played. However, the good news for the Bulldogs is that they were able to leave the trip on a good note as they beat Inlet Grove (FL), 80-75. McMillan, the teams leading scorer, delivered on performances of 45 points, 39 points, and 32 points in Florida and will now aim to push his Bulldogs past Taft. Along with McMillan, Woodward equips a talented cast of backcourt mates including junior guards Montev Ware (14.8 PPG) and Aaron Davis (9.0 PPG), as well as freshman Kanye Moreland (7.5 PPG).

As for the Senators, they are also led by an underclassman — Freshman sensation Rayvon Griffith. The 6’5 forward is off to a good start on the campaign averaging about 17 points and 6 rebounds per night for Taft. Along with Griffith, the Senators also have four seniors that play major roles for Head Coach Mark Mitchell. Guard LeRoy Walker Jr., formerly of Winton Woods, has made the biggest impact scoring the ball among the four with just under 15 points per night. Forward Nekhi Smith and guard Roemello Carleon also average over double figures in the scoring column for Taft. Lastly, guard Muhammad Metz is one to always keep your eyes on as he can make you pay from three-point range.

Numbers To Know


In games that Woodward has won this season, they have scored at least 80 points. In all four of those contests, Paul McMillan IV has hit the thirty point mark. If McMillan IV can accomplish that feat and the depth of the Bulldogs does their job, the blue and white could crack that mark once again.


Taft enters Friday with a three-game winning streak after their slow start to the season. The Senators took down Holmes (KY), Western Hills, and Columbus Whitehall and will now look to improve their streak against Woodward.

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