Mason boys battle past Lakota East to stay perfect

The Mason High School boys basketball team remained perfect, but it wasn’t easy.

The Comets had to battle for a 61-58 win over Lakota East in a crucial early season Greater Miami Conference contest.

Mason led 33-28 at halftime and 47-39 heading into the fourth quarter, but East finished with a 19-14 run to cut the final deficit to three.

Tanner Knue led the Comets with 17 while Ethan Howard finished with 12.

The Comets had an easier time with Middletown, claiming a 58-49 win.

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The Mason swimming teams are also off to a perfect start after five duals and two invitationals in a crammed early schedule.

“The team is really training hard and looking forward to the second half of the season,” coach Mark Sullivan said. “Our seniors continue to lead.”

Puran Kansakar and Ethan Devyak have paced the boys while the girls have been led by Lauren Thomas, Allison Bloebaum, and Alise Cheeseman.

Lebanon: The Warrior wrestling team went 2-3 at the Harrison Duals to open the season with Evan Ball going 5-0 at 170.

Lebanon followed that with a 4-1 performance at the Oak Hills Duals, defeating Lakota East, Covington Catholic, Oak Hills and Bellbrook before falling to Blackman (Tennessee) in the finals.

Daniel Garlock recorded two pins, two major decisions and a tech fall at 126 to finish 5-0. Connar Davis was also 5-0 at 132.

Lebanon finished 17th at the SWOWCA Coaches Classic, getting top-eight places from Blake Justice (sixth at 195) and Ethan Marsh (eighth, 152).

The boys basketball team ran its record to 6-0 with a trio of wins.

Lebanon defeated Xenia 59-53, Fenwick 62-44 and Beavercreek 49-44.

Lebanon led Beavercreek 23-10 at the half and 31-21 heading into the fourth quarter before the Beavers cut the lead in half.

Harrison Hoofkin led the Warriors with 16 points while Brendan Lamb added 15 and Zach Huffman 13.

Little Miami: The Panthers boys basketball team dropped to 2-3 with a tough 60-58 loss to Talawanda in Southwest Ohio Conference action.

Little Miami led 43-42 after three quarters, but Talawanda took the final quarter 18-15.

Cole Spencer led the Panthers with 26 points.

Kings: The Knights fell to 0-5 in boys basketball with a heartbreaking 41-40 loss to Fairfield in non-conference action.

Kings led 40-38 with seven seconds left when whistled for a foul as a Fairfield player took a shot following a scramble for a loose ball. The shot went in and the Indians converted the free throw for the game-winner.

Kings had erased a 25-20 halftime deficit to take a 33-32 lead into the fourth quarter.

“We have been in every game and are having trouble finishing,” coach Nick Molz said. “We continue to get better. We are just inexperienced right now. This group works so hard and cares so much that things are bound to turn around for us.”

Jack Hussey, Briton Longwell, and Gabe Hicks have all been solid performers the last three games.

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