Boys basketball race heating up


The race to the top of the SWOC is heating up almost halfway through the season. Currently, six of the seven teams in the conference have winning, or .500, records. 

Mount Healthy and Northwest are both 3-0 in conference action which puts them at the top of the leaderboard. Northwest (5-2 overall) is coming off an 80-65 win over Edgewood on Jan. 2. Jarrell Marsh had 25 points and five assists to lead the Knights. Edgewood had three starters score in double figures; Tanner Wright had 15, Andrew McCarty had 13 and Eddie Driskell had 11. 

Mount Healthy's been reliant on Kenny English who's averaging 14.0 points, 4.0 steals and 3.0 assists per game this season. The Owls have Amelia on Jan. 6 and then host Winton Woods Jan. 9. 

Little Miami's 3-3 overall and 2-1 in the SWOC. The Panthers have won two straight with wins over Waynesville and Talawanda. Austin Hinds is second in scoring at 15.0 points per game. 

Edgewood and Harrison are both 4-3 overall and 1-1 in the conference. Edgewood's Tanner Wright leads the SWOC in scoring at 15.8 points per game. Harrison started the season 3-0 but the Wildcats have stumbled of late, but there's plenty of time to make moves. 

Ross is 4-4 this season, but the Rams haven't won a conference game yet (0-3). Ross is coming off a win, 59-40, over Deer Park on Jan. 2. 

Talawanda's 1-8 this season. The Braves have struggled to score averaging just 39.7 points per game as a team.