County, hosted weekend classics to help tip-off the 2007-2008 boys’
basketball season. Each site got things underway Friday evening and
then had a full day of action on Saturday giving hoop fans all over
southern Ohio a chance to wet their appetite for the upcoming season.
At the Chillicothe Hoops Showcase, the game of the night took place when host Chillicothe welcomed the Bearcats of Brookhaven. The Cavaliers jumped out to a quick double-figure advantaged and appeared to be on their way to a comfortable opening night victory, but Brookhaven’s Chris Johnson brought the Bearcats back. The smooth, senior lefthander scored 28 points on the night and at times seemed to individually keep the Bearcats in the game. Brookhaven never led in regulation, but managed to tie the game at 65 and force the extra four minutes. In overtime, it was all Brookhaven as the Bearcats won it 73-68. Senior center Ray Chambers scored a game-high 29 points for Chillicothe in the losing effort.
In other action on Saturday at the showcase, it was Scioto Valley Conference preseason favorite Huntington getting 24 points from Justin Kellough to defeat Circleville 74-65. Cincinnati Clark Montessori defeated Southeastern Ross 59-41, and Lancaster held off Independence 41-40. In the final game of the evening, it was Columbus Northland beating Cincinnati Withrow 71-67.
On Friday night at Chillicothe’s Hatton Memorial Gymnasium, Adena got 23 points from junior Clay Roll and 15 points from Collin Uhrig as the Warriors defeated Whiteoak 50-28. Greenfield McClain also started the season with a win as the Tigers used a second-quarter 13-2 run to pull away and beat Piketon 72-60. McClain got 25 points from senior Jeremy Webster in the win while Cody Smith scored 22 for the Redstreaks in the loss.
Greenfield McClain was also a part of the Zane Trace Tip-Off Classic. The Tigers traveled back to Ross County on Saturday night to take place in the featured match-up with Reynoldsburg. Greenfield was able to hang in for most of the night, but in the fourth quarter, the Tigers were unable to get over the hump as Reynoldsburg defeated McClain 42-33.
In other Saturday action at Zane Trace, it was host Zane Trace starting the season with a 54-47 win over Grandview Heights. Worthington Christian won big against Bloom Carroll 89-58, and in the best game of the day, Harvest Prep squeaked by Logan Elm 69-67 in overtime. Hamilton Township also picked up a non-conference victory beating Unioto 74-65.
Friday night at Zane Trace it was Washington Court House beating Africentric 55-48 and Westerville Central blowing out Hillsboro 70-40. Elsewhere, the defending Tri Valley Conference champion, Vinton County, got 21 points from Dustin Guthrie in a 61-42 win over Racine Southern while fellow TVC members Wellston and Nelsonville both started the year with wins over Ohio Valley Christian and Athens, respectively.
Southern Hills League member, North Adams, also started with a victory as the Green Devils beat McDermott Northwest 71-62 while fellow SHL member Leesburg Fairfield beat Paint Valley 58-48. Finally, it was Amanda beating Fairfield Christian 53-31.
Continuing the breakdown around the southeast there were several non-conference match-ups on Saturday evening as well. Teays Valley beat Lakewood 54-45, Jackson beat Minford 71-61, and a very talented Oak Hill team blew out Portsmouth Notre Dame 78-39. Finally, it was Racine Southern rebounding from its opening night loss to Vinton County to beat Wellston 52-31 evening both Racine and Wellston’s early season records at 1-1.