It wasn’t the best of nights in the win column for Highland County boys basketball teams on Tuesday night. All five schools were on the wrong side of the scoring, as the five teams were handed losses in a rare occurrence this season.

That said, there is still a lot of quality basketball ahead for teams from Highland County, including watching how the boys Frontier Athletic Conference standings pan out. The first round of FAC games are complete following the Chillicothe Cavaliers defeating the Hillsboro Indians, 64-37 Tuesday night, a game where the Cavs sank 11 3-pointers in the first half and 13 for the game.

As for how the Cavaliers shot the basketball on Tuesday, I can’t recall watching a team that shot the basketball that well in a game in quite some time, including Tre Beard, who made six 3-pointers against the Indians. Also, Chillicothe head coach Eric Huffer has his team playing solid defense right now as well, making them a tough team from here on out in the FAC.

Speaking of the FAC, here is a look at the standings at the end of the first round of FAC action:

Washington (4-1)
Chillicothe (4-1)
Jackson (3-2)
McClain (3-2)
Hillsboro (1-4)
Miami Trace (0-5)

I’ve seen every team but Jackson thus far this season, but from what I’ve gotten to see live, the FAC is still a four-team race for the championship with the Tigers and Ironmen are only one game back in the standings, meaning the second round of the FAC games are going to be just as important as the first round.

Here is a look at Friday’s FAC games for Jan. 11:
- Hillsboro at Washington
- McClain at Jackson
- Chillicothe at Miami Trace

The game of the night for Friday will be McClain at Jackson, as the winner will stay no less than one game out of the conference lead. In their first meeting, the Tigers won at McClain Gym by a 50-48 score. That game saw the Tigers lead 31-25 at halftime. For the game, the Tigers had two players in double figures, with 17 points from Devin Carter and Dalton Mischal with 10 points.

That game really stands out, and it is one basketball fans should be looking forward to, especially those who follow the FAC.

• TODAY’S SCHEDULE (Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019)
Boys Basketball
Frontier Athletic Conference
- Chillicothe at Canal Winchester

Girls Basketball
Frontier Athletic Conference
- Milford at Hillsboro
- Logan at Chillicothe
- Logan Elm at Washington

The game for the Cavaliers boys basketball team should be a great test for them, as they are facing a fellow Division I opponent, which could be helpful as they continue to prepare for the postseason tournament next month.

Chillicothe head coach Eric Huffer spoke about the upcoming games for the Cavaliers following their win over Hillsboro on Tuesday night:

“We have Miami Trace on Friday. We actually have Canal Winchester tomorrow. They’re 10-0, so it’ll be a big game for our Central District seeding, us being Division I. Then we’re at Miami Trace and Court House next Friday. We’re excited to get back into league play. Court House got us at their place, so we’re really excited to finish this week out and get them on the 18th.”

Like stated earlier, the FAC from here on out is going to be exciting, and fans should gain a lot of quality basketball along the way.

• Final Thoughts Before Tip-Off
Though it wasn’t the best of nights for Highland County teams on the scoreboard Tuesday night, there is still a lot of good basketball left. The results should eventually shift in favor of our home teams — like they have many times this season — as the season progresses.

Stephen Forsha is the sports editor of The Highland County Press. He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @HCPSportsEditor.