Basketball (Boys)

Boys Basketball

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Regular Season Games: 

12/5 Fairfield Red  7th W 42-35; 1-0  8th W 38-36; 1-0

Congratulations to our Boys basketball teams that swept the Fairfield Indians last evening at Plains.

The 7th grade boy's exciting pressure defense proved too much for Fairfield Monday night as the Firebirds battled past the Indians 42 -35. Team work was the key to the victory as all 12 players contributed to the win. The starters, led by Brandon Dangerfield, Ben Bailey and Jack Campbell, held their opponent to only seven points in the first quarter. Zane Farmer and Andre Johnson thundered in off the bench to combine for 13 points in the second quarter bringing the half time score to 21 to 13. The Firebirds “big men” Seth Langenkamp and Jack Garret owned the glass pulling down rebounds and closing down Fairfield's interior threat. Jayden Small and Will Layfield routinely broke the press offered by the extremely athletic Fairfield defense. Jack Kaiser, Warren Moss and Tre Fetzer kept the heat turned up on the Indians by creating steals, tipping passes and creating easy buckets for the Firebirds in transition. Intense full court pressure, stellar help team defense and evenly distributed scoring were the keys to victory. This is an exciting team to watch as they kept the Firebird faithful on their feet through out the game.

Our 8th graders won each quarter with solid contain defense and poise on offense finishing ahead of Fairfield in a very close game.  Tommy Schwarber controlled our offense doing an excellent job at Point guard the entire game. Justin Bailes was solid all around making many assist passes and timely baskets.  Caleb Rao proved to be the hero from the free throw line with the score tied and 19 ticks remaining sinking both of his free throws to put the boy ahead by two and sealing the win.

The boys travel to West on Wednesday to face Ridge in the crosstown showdown of Lakota West.

12/7 Ridge @ Lakota West 7th W 28-24; 2-0  8th L 41-26; 1-1

Once again the 7th grade boys basketball team and its tenacious team defense was victorious as they defeated Ridge Junior 28 to 24.  Ridge's starters managed to pull ahead early and led by 4 at the end of the first quarter.  Your Firebirds received a spark off the Bench from Ben Bailey and Jayden Small who combined for 9 points in the second quarter to propel the team to a 17 to 13 lead at the half.

Key stops by Jackson Campbell and Trey Fetzer eliminated a late threat of a come back. Andre Johnson and Brandon Dangerfield sank 4 of 4 free throws late in the game to secure the victory.  While Big men Jackson Garret and Seth Langenkamp teamed up to lead scorers with 12 points combined, they were supported by gutsy guard play by a host of Firebirds once again showing that this group wins as a team.

The 8th Grade boys evened their record last evening versus rival Ridge.  Our Firebirds fought back from a 9-0 deficit to make the game close at the quarter, from there our rivals pulled away.  We did show life late in the game when we went small and pressed.  Mali Irby, Miles Johnson, Trevor and Donny Schwarber all provided solid with their aggressive trapping defense.

The boys will jump back on their horses and head over to Hamilton Wilson this afternoon.

12/8 @ Wilson 7th W 32-22; 3-0  8th L 63-30; 1-2

The boys basketball teams traveled to Hamilton Thursday to face the Wilson Knights.  

The 7th grade boys remained undefeated with a 10 point win over the Knights.  The Firebirds once again relied on their team concept as all twelve players contributed to the win with quality minutes and solid team defense.

The 8th grade boys had a disappointing loss and look to regroup as they prepare for another tough conference game Monday night at home.

12/12 Sycamore Gold 7th W ; 4-0  8th W ; 2-2

Congratulations to Our boys basketball teams who swept the Aviators last night.

The 7th grade boys were victorious Monday night defeating the Sycamore Aviators by 11.  Starters led the charge opening up a 7 point lead by the conclusion of the first period.  The Aviators made a run late in the first half but were shut down by the guard trio of Will Layfield, Jayden Small and Brandon Dangerfield.  Tre Fetzer started the second half off with a deep three to widen the lead.  Zane Farmer and Jack Garrett combined for 9 points in the final minutes stretching the lead to 11 and securing a Firebird victory.  While 9 different Firebirds scored in this contest, pressure defense, tipped balls, forced turnovers and unselfish team attitude were once again the keys to this exciting Firebird victory. 12 Firebirds participated in the win as each member contributed valuable minutes.

The 8th grade team led throughout and won by 5.   We had a great team effort and started the game with a solid inside performance by Evan Baber.  As the game went on Sycamore turned up the pressure and the officials swallowed their whistles, our guards had to take over and spread the floor. With the score tied under a minute left in regulation, Neil Jessup hit a key jumper, then Tommy Schwarber and Caleb Rao made timely Free Throws to ice the game.

12/14 @ Garfield  7th W ; 5-0  8th L ; 2-3

Wednesday the 7th grade boys traveled to Hamilton where they extended their undefeated season with a win over the Garfield Griffens.  The victory came as a result of yet another stellar defensive performance.  The Firebirds led by 14 at the conclusion of the first period as they held the Griffens to only 4 points.  The boys extended their lead though out the contest as 11 players reached the scoring column.  Zane Farmer and Jason Campbell combined to score 22 points to lead all scorers. 

8th grade boys played a better game than the score indicated.  They were solid on defense and patient on offense.  Tommy Schwarber and Neil Jessup combined for 3 uncalled charges that would have changed the complexion of the game. Caleb Rao and Mali Irby had standout defensive games.   The Firebirds end their 2016 campaign looking to improve over the holiday break.

1/4 Delhi  7th W ; 6-0  8th W 46-16 ; 3-3
Congratulations to the boys basketball team who swept the Eagles of Delhi.  Our 7th graders remain undefeated and our 8th Graders evened their record at 3 and 3.

The 7th grade pressure defense held the Eagles to 4 points in the first quarter as they turned steals into baskets. Brandon Dangerfield led the early scoring with 7 points in the first half as your Firebird's opened up an 8 point lead going into the break.  Every player contributed as the Firebird defense suffocated the Eagle attack in the second half holding Delhi to single digits.  Seth Langdenkamp had a break out game crashing the boards, running the floor and leading all scorers with 10 points.  The Firebird's travel to Colerain next Wednesday to defend their undefeated record.

The eighth graders had a six point lead going into intermission.  After break they dropped 28 on the Eagles to make it a blow out.  It was a total team effort with 10 Firebirds scoring.  Neil Jessup led our scoring and Caleb Rao’s effort and attitude paced our birds.

1/11 @ Colerain 7th W ; 7-0  8th W 34-32; 4-3

Congratulations to the Boys Basketball teams that swept the Colerain Cardinals in their Band Box.

Our seventh grade overcame abysmal outside shooting and Free throws by multiple steals and solid offensive rebounding to beat Colerain.  Andre Johnson had ice in his veins when he sunk a free throw with 9 seconds to put the Firebirds up by 4 and sealed the win.

Our eighth graders saw multiple lead changes throughout the game.  Nate Nowicki had a break out game near the boards.  Our Firebirds used multiple passes to break down their opponent and get high percentage shots.  Sloppy ball handling kept it close late in the game as the Firebirds didn’t panic working 45 seconds off the clock with the score tied.  We opted to keep the clock running and improvise a last second buzzer beater by Tommy Schwarber that was a pure, game winner.

1/17 Mason White  7th W 8-0 / 8th L 4-4

The seventh grade boys hoopsters kept their winning streak alive with a 13 point win over the Mason Comets.  The Firebird's tenacious pressure defense led to tipped balls and turnovers.  Mason struggled to even in bound the ball as Ben Bailey went to work on the Comets, tipping away five passes from their base line in bounder.  True to form the entire team got in on the action creating turnovers that led to scoring opportunities.  No single player led the scoring and 9 players got buckets.  Unselfish leadership in the back court by guards Will Layfield and Jayden Small closed out the game as the Comets desperately tried to crawl back.  One notable improvement came with the Firebird's deep threat as Brandon Dangerfield, Zane Farmer and Trey Fetzer each knocked down 3 pointers.  Jackson Campbell led the field with two deep threes of his own.  

Our 8th Grade boys played the Comets close for the 1st Quarter.  Their effort was outstanding all game.

Thursday night is a big night as the Firebird's travel to face their Lakota East rivals with a 4:30 game at Liberty Junior.   We need your support so please plan on showing up and supporting your Firebirds.

1/19 @ Liberty   7th L 8-1 / 8th L 4-5

Thursday night the 7th grade boys lost their first game of the season to their rivals from Liberty Junior.  It was one of those games where nothing seemed to go right for the Firebird's. Shots were not falling, passes were not connecting and the Thunderhawk offense routinely broke the typically stellar Firebird pressure.  With the game out of reach late in the game the Firebird's continued to battle.  Liberty Junior continued to pour it on with continued full court pressure and multiple long threes in an apparent effort to embarrass the Firebirds. The Plains boys managed to shorten the lead as they played hard until the end.  Despite the loss, your 7th grade team managed to walk out of the gym with their heads held high knowing they win with class and lose with dignity.

Our 8th Grade team led the entire game because of solid defense and aggressive offense.  They battled foul trouble and having to play out of position for the majority of the game.  It took overtime to beat our Firebirds on the scoreboard.
1/21 Princeton  7th W 9-1 / 8th L 4-6

Firebird faithful filled the gym Saturday to see if the 7th grade boys could redeem themselves after their tough loss last week. The Firebirds pressure stunned the conference leading  Princeton Vikings  as they downed the Viking ship 33 to 30. While the win was truly another team effort, Jackson Campbell had a breakout offensive game. Jackson typically starts as the defensive team leader but Saturday he scored nine points in the fourth quarter alone ending any Threat of a come back.

Our 8th Grade boys played an extremely athletic and well coached Princeton team and responded with a solid performance on offense and defense.  The Firebirds forced the Vikings to take contested and off-balanced shots and were able to run a solid motion offense.  The game was close until the very end when our Firebirds had to start gambling on defense.  Neil Jessup led our offense with great screens and reading the defense and popping to open areas with 14 points.  Nate Nowicki and Evan Baber both were solid inside.

1/24 Hopewell     7th W 10-1 / 8th L 4-7

In Boys Basketball action, the 7th grade boys got off to a slow start Tuesday afternoon against Hopewell allowing 16 points in the first period of play. The Firebirds were able to right the ship and open up a 16-point lead by the conclusion of the third quarter. The firebirds closed out the game with a 46 to 35 win and improved their record to 10 and 1.  As is typical with this group of Plains athletes, they won as a team. All 12 players contributed valuable minutes.

The 8th Grade struggled the entire running their zone offense.  Kiyan Sharif was a bright spot, stepping in and executing well.  Miles Johnson also stepped up and played fearless.

Both teams head west and travel to Rapid Run tonight.

1/25 @ Rapid Run 7th W 11-1 / 8th L 4-8

The boys basketball team split with the Rams of Rapid Run. 

The 7th grade boys fought their way out of a 9 to 0 deficit to defeat a multi-defensive west side team.  Their offensive poise and solid man to man defense earned them a team win.

The 8th grade boys gave one of the GMC finest their run for the money.  Nate Nowicki has become an inside force and our guard play continues to be solid.

Both teams enter the GMC tourney on positive notes.

1/30 Mason Green 7th W 12-1 / 8th L 4-9

Monday night the 7th grade boys survived a second half Comet comeback and defeated Mason by 4.  Brandon Dangerfield led Firebird scoring with 14.  The boys take their 12 and 1 record to Middletown Wednesday where they hope to end their regular season with another team victory.

Our 8th grade team played a skilled and classy game.  They showed growth and flashes of greatness.  They also head to Middletown to play the final game in a gym that has been used since 1920.

2/1 @ Middletown       7th W 13-1 / 8th L 4-10

Congratulations to the 7th grade boys basketball team as they finished the season  in first place with a win over the Middletown Middies 44 - 35. 

Middletown started strong scoring 15 points and outscoring the Firebirds by 5 in the first quarter. Trey Fetzer bailed the team out with two contested 3-pointers to keep the game close. Ben Bailey came off the bench to defend Middletown's star player and was able to slow down their run allowing the Firebirds to pull ahead. Andre Johnson and Brandon Dangerfield closed out the game knocking down clutch free throws to ice the game.  Congratulation to Jack Garrett who owned the boards and scored a season-high 15 points.

Our 8th grade boys handled Middletown’s pressure defense and stayed solid on offense throughout the contest.  All 12 players were able to step in and be productive.  Neil Jessup was our most productive offensive player.

As poised as our offensive demeanor was, finishing shots was still our demise. 

A normally sound Free throw shooting team, yesterday they were Oohfer from the line adding to the scoreboard frustrations.

Both teams are well prepared for Saturday’s tournament.

GMC Tourney
2/4 GMC Tourney - 2nd round   8th Grade vs. Rapid Run  8th L 4-11 7th Grade vs. White Oak 7th W 14-1

The 7th grade boys advanced to the Quarter finals of the GMC Tournament with a decisive win over White Oak Saturday afternoon.

The 8th Grade boys finished their season at the hands of a very talented Rapid Run team.  Coach Thompson thanks all the boys for such a positive experience. 2/7 GMC Tourney - Quarter Finals 7th Grade vs. Ridge 7th L 14-2
The 7th grade boys ran into an unexpected inside force they couldn't contain. The best player in the GMC became eligible, giving our Firebirds more than they could handle.  Trey Fetzer did the best job of keeping him away from the rim, but they still struggle shooting around him.  The Firebirds settled for 3 point shots and little offensive rebounding.  In the end it wasn't close.  Congratulations on a great season!  Well done.



  • Athletes should read the qualities the coaching staff is looking for in our players.
  1. Player expectations
  2. What it takes to be a Firebird Basketball Player
  3. Nod to the Coach

Questions should be directed to:

8th Grade Coach - Tom Thompson

7th Grade Coach - Jeff Bailey

All questions are welcome except those about playing time, touches on ball and other players.

8th Grade @ Garfield
7th Grade @ Delhi Jr
8th Grade @ Garfield
7th Grade @ Delhi Jr