Cox drives to basket

Bryan’s Evan Cox (middle) drives to the basket during the Golden Bears’ Northwest Ohio Athletic League boys basketball game against Swanton on Feb. 19 at Bryan High School.

Most of the area’s boys basketball teams will tip off the season this weekend as the 2021-22 campaign gets underway.

Bryan will start its season a day later than originally scheduled. The Golden Bears will open at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at home against Tinora.

Bryan was scheduled to start the season on Friday night at Ottawa-Glandorf, but due to the Titans’ success in the football playoffs, the game was postponed. O-G is playing Kirtland in a Division V state football semifinal on Saturday night.

Saturday’s Bryan/Tinora game will be the varsity coaching debut for Brock Homier. The former two-time all-Ohio basketball player for Continental High School took over as the Golden Bears’ coach in early May, and he has experience coaching middle school, junior high and junior varsity throughout the last handful of years at Lincolnview and Continental.

The Golden Bears, who are coming off a 4-17 season and 2-5 mark in the Northwest Ohio Athletic League, have won four of the last five matchups against Tinora. Bryan posted a 52-37 victory in the last meeting on Nov. 30, 2019.

Tinora, which went 5-13 a year ago and 1-5 in the Green Meadows Conference, also has a new coach as long time assistant Kris Lymanstall took over for veteran mentor Paul Wayne.

A pair of area coaches will be making their debuts this weekend.

Nick Ramos will lead Montpelier’s program as the Locomotives host Hilltop in a nonleague matchup between the two Buckeye Border Conference teams at 7:15 p.m. Friday. Brett Grieser will front Edgerton’s team; the Bulldogs (9-8, 3-3 GMC last season) host Butler Eastside (Indiana) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Ramos has been involved with Montpelier’s boys basketball program since 2013 and has had a range of responsibilities that included being the junior high, freshman and junior varsity coach. He also coached junior high and freshman boys basketball at Fayette from 2007-13.

The Locos, who finished 10-9 overall and 7-5 in the BBC a year ago, knocked off Hilltop 52-39 on Dec. 28 and 57-28 on Feb. 5 in the two meetings last season. Hilltop will be looking to improve on a 1-21 campaign, including 0-12 in the BBC.

Meanwhile, Grieser has basketball coaching experience at Stryker under former girls hoops mentor Steve Brown. Grieser spent five seasons as a junior varsity girls basketball coach and four in the junior high program, and he also led Stryker’s baseball program from 2013-19.

Also on Friday, Fairview (11-9, 3-4 GMC last season) will host Hicksville in a nonconference game between the GMC foes, while Stryker (10-13, 7-5 BBC) will head to Maumee Valley Country Day.

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