Basketball (Boys)

Boys Basketball

12/3 Sycamore - 7th L 45-37, 0-1; 8th W 41-40, 1-0

The boys basketball teams opened the season with a home game against the Sycamore Aviators.

Our 7th graders went into halftime with a one point lead over a solid group of Aviators. The second half proved to be a challenge as our Firebirds settled for short possessions of contested shots while our opponents worked for high percentage shots.  This offensive philosophy proved to be the Firebirds demise as the fourth quarter was controlled by Sycamore.  As the clock wound down and we were forced to foul. Sycamore made their free throws and downed our Firebirds by seven.

Our 8th graders struggled to figure out Sycamore’s sagging gap defense.  They continually tried to rush possessions and feed back cuts or penetrate into double teams.   The game was close throughout.  Devon Crawford and Michael Brankamp stepped up on defense to force Aviator turnovers in the last two minutes.  Michael Brankamp was able to finish a clutch basket inside 20 seconds to take a one point lead.  The Firebird defense held for a possession to secure the win.

The Firebirds travel to Liberty on Wednesday to face the Thunderhawks.

12/5 @ Liberty - 7th L 55-36, 0-2; 8th W 48-27, 2-0

Our Firebird boys travelled to Liberty yesterday to face the Hawks.  Thanks to all that came out and supported our Firebirds.  A special shout out to the Mr. Nicol and family and Mrs. Silverglade!

The seventh graders faced a talented East squad.  Coach Foley kept it close throughout, but our birds could not control the inside offensive boards giving up substantial size.  Hakeem Smith was consistently solid on the free throw line taking advantage of the tight officiating.

Our eighth graders outmanned our East counterparts in every phase of the game bringing their record to 2 and 0.  Michael Brankamp and Devon Crawford controlled the glass and our guards of Tommy Googins, Davis Campbell, Trent Lloyd, Nathan Dudukovich and Josh Fussel played unselfishly throughout making the extra pass and the extra screen to blow out the host.

Both teams will travel to the Floral Paradise of Ohio on Monday and take on the Eagles of Delhi.

12/10 @ Delhi -  7th W, 2-1; 8th W 50-16, 3-0

Congratulations to our Firebirds who swept the Eagles of Delhi last night on the west side.

Our seventh graders used a balanced attack having 10 Firebirds score in their 11-point rout.

Our Eighth graders were no match for an outmanned Delhi squad that struggled throughout.  The boys got a taste of west side officiating and handled it graciously.  All 12 members contributed in some way in route to their lopsided win.

The boys look for a bit more of a challenge on Wednesday when they host the Griffins of Garfield.

12/12 Garfield  7th L, 25-16 2-2; 8th W 53-21, 4-0

Our Boys hosted the Garfield Griffins last evening at Plains.

The 7th Grade boys struggled on offense from the field and from the Free Throw line. Their defense was good enough to win but couldn’t finish near the rim.  They fell to the Griffins 25-16.

Our 8th Grade squad had one of their most dominating quarters of basketball witnessed.  Nathan Dudukovich had 10, Trent Lloyd had 9, Devon Crawford had 4 and Davis Campbell had 2 and that was only after 6 minutes.  Coach Brody called off the dogs after the Firebirds finished the first quarter 25-0.  It was never close after that.

The Boy and Girl Firebirds host Hopewell Junior on Saturday.  Hope to see everyone here.


12/15 Hopewell 

12/17 @ Mason Green

1/7 Ridge @ West

1/9 Crossroads

1/14 @ Colerain

1/16 Creekside

1/22 Mason White

1/24  @ Middletown

1/28 @ White Oak

1/30 Princeton

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  • 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
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Questions should be directed to:

8th Grade Coach - Tom Thompson

7th Grade Coach - Tyler Foley

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