The clock is winding down on the high school basketball regular season.
Buchtel (11-3, 8-1) visits rival Firestone (10-7, 9-1) tonight in a key City Series boys basketball game that might determine who wins the regular-season title. The winner will likely be in the league playoff championship on Feb. 15, and the losing team might make it too.
The Falcons earned a 73-72 overtime win over the host Griffins in December behind seniors Jerome Lane and Kevin Gladney. Seniors Elijah Bell and Tyler Jones lead the Griffins. Firestone’s lone league loss came to East (9-5, 7-2), who could also play in the final.
Other boys league races
• The Suburban League’s top teams are Nordonia (14-2, 9-0) and Green (14-1, 8-1). The Knights won 74-72 over the host Bulldogs in January. Nordonia features seniors Nick Piotrowski and Chris Scott. Green has seniors Dan Fanelly and Josh Pritchard. The teams meet Feb. 22 at Nordonia.
• Twinsburg (11-3, 4-1) and Hudson (11-4, 3-2) remain in play in the Northeast Ohio Conference River Division behind Brush (10-4, 4-0). Seniors Jalen Washington and AJ Edwards are Twinsburg’s two best, and senior Zack Brandy guides Hudson.
• Walsh Jesuit (11-4, 6-0) sits atop the North Coast League Blue Division with senior Mark Mittiga. Archbishop Hoban (10-4, 4-2) and Mentor Lake Catholic (9-5, 4-2) are tied for second place.
• High-scoring senior Bob Peters has Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy (14-2, 9-1) in first place in the Principals Athletic Conference, ahead of Canton Timken (9-5, 8-2) and Manchester (11-6, 7-3).
• The Portage Trail Conference features tight races in the Metro and County divisions. Seniors Tyler Sherman and Matt McGlone have Norton (13-3, 9-1) at the top of the Metro with Streetsboro (9-6, 8-2) close behind. Windham (15-1, 10-0) leads the County with seniors Matt Knight and Cameron Pozsgai. Mogadore (12-2, 9-1) is one game behind and relies on seniors Hunter Van Camp and Austin Pierce.
• The Federal League remains up for grabs with North Canton Hoover (15-2, 8-2), Lake (14-3, 8-2), Jackson (13-5, 8-2) and Perry (14-4, 7-4) in the mix.
• Other league leaders are Canton South (15-2, 8-2 NBC) and Dalton (13-3, 9-1 WCAL).
Girls league races
• Kenmore (13-4, 11-0) has locked up the City Series regular-season title behind senior Porshae Hearn. Firestone (12-6, 9-2) will finish second.
• Wadsworth (12-2, 11-0) is close to clinching the Suburban League with senior catalyst Rachel Goddard. Tallmadge (13-4, 8-3) is mathematically in play.
• Senior Ashley Morrissette has Twinsburg (18-0, 6-0) atop the NOC Valley Division and seeking its third Division I state championship in a row. Hudson (16-2, 5-1) is second with senior Hannah Boesinger.
• Walsh Jesuit (13-4, 7-0) and Archbishop Hoban (13-4, 6-1) have separated themselves from the rest of the North Coast League. Seniors Jessa Gilberto and Meghan Donohue are key scorers for the Warriors and Knights, respectively. Walsh beat visiting Hoban 75-62 in January. They meet again at Hoban on Feb. 13
• The PTC Metro will come down to Norton (12-6, 10-1) and Ravenna (12-6, 9-2). Senior Cara Cook leads the Panthers.
• Junior Kayci Krzynowek has helped guide Manchester (17-3, 12-1) to first in the PAC, ahead of Triway (13-4, 10-2).
• North Canton Hoover (14-4, 10-1) leads the Federal League, but Canton McKinley (13-4, 9-2) and Lake (14-3, 8-2) are close behind.
• The NBC’s top teams are Louisville (13-6, 10-2) and West Branch (16-2, 10-2).
• Other league leaders are Smithville (18-0, 11-0 WCAL), West Holmes (18-0, 11-0 OCC) and Southeast (12-4, 10-1 PTC County).
Michael Beaven can be reached at 330-996-3829 or email@example.com.