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Reactions from the weekend: Talawanda’s big win, Knights en route for league title, and the mighty GMC

Just as soon as you think you’ve figured it all out, a wild string of games like we saw last weekend throws a wrench into everything. 

There were plenty of exciting matchups that took place over the weekend, but let’s start with the upsets. 

Gotta Be Brave

If Vegas put lines on Southwest Ohio Conference basketball games, then the one they would’ve put out for the Mt. Healthy vs Talawanda contest on Friday wouldn’t have been pretty.

Despite having their best player foul out in regulation the Brave pulled out a fantastic three-overtime upset over the slumping Owls. 

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the most frequent compliment I’ve heard this winter is in regards to the job first year head coach Jake Turner is doing over at Talawanda. 

Talking to Jake after their loss to Badin earlier in the season, he mentioned something along the lines that he hoped his team wasn’t getting frustrated with all the close losses they were having. After all, it’s easy to wear thin on the idea of being close, without seeing results.

Well, this past Friday they finally got their win– and what a win it was. 

Beating Mt. Healthy in triple overtime is something the kids won’t forget anytime soon. It’s an exciting time to be a Brave. 

Edgewood should send a thank you card to the Brave as that win welcomes in a chance for the Cougars to win the SWOC.

Mt. Healthy

Just a week ago we were discussing the likelihood that the Owls would finish the regular season with a zero in the loss column. Now, they are on a four game slide.

It’s fairly evident that they booked their schedule to be end-heavy. They’ve had a tough go at it recently, I just hope they can right the ship before the postseason, because I’ve seen first hand how explosive their offense can be. 

GCL

Badin was upset by rival Fenwick which practically seals a league title for Alter.

The Knights are 10-1 in the GCL, their lone loss coming to McNick the first game of the year. Both the Rockets and Rams are trailing by two games, but the Rams have some control of their own destiny. Their final three games of the season will all be close, exciting and fun– Ross, McNick and Alter. Two rivalry games and one game which will be potentially for GCL, though the odds on the latter have decreased significantly.

Fenwick is making a late season charge after starting the winter ice cold. Wins over Badin and Edgewood over the weekend make the Falcons a dangerous team come tourney time. Not to mention AJ Bruan has 40 rebounds over the past two games. 

Also, tough loss for McNick against Turpin. Lose to a local rival in that dramatic of fashion– good grief that’s tough. 

GMC

The tourney draw is this Sunday and I can tell you one thing. If i’m an area coach, I wouldn’t want to play any of the GMC’s best. 

Lakota East is on a mission, as they appear in line for the league title.

Oak Hills is as solid a basketball team as I’ve seen in the 513. Everything they do is with a purpose.

Princeton has as much talent as certain local colleges, and are finally playing as such. 

Mason is always good, and seem to be charging at the right time. 

Hamilton can beat any team on any given night, and Trey Robinson might be the best player in the league.

Then, there is West. Though they struggled for a good portion of the year I’m still not putting it past them to beat a team on any night. They play fast and they play with confidence.

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