by Jason Morrow (@thejaybird19)
The city of Dublin should be proud of their basketball teams this morning, as Scioto and Coffman both won crucial OCC games last night, with the newer Jerome fighting once-beaten Westerville North for three-plus quarters. Here’s your quick OCC run-around:
Dublin Scioto 68, Westerville South 49
After a tough loss Friday night at Westerville North, the Irish headed back to Westerville, this time coming out with a 68-49 victory over South. The Irish used a 36-25 rebound advantage to fend off the streaking Wildcats (12-5, 7-3), who coming into last night’s game had won 7 of their last 8. Josh Ashwill and Antonio Bisutti led the Irish (14-2, 8-2) with 24 and 20 respectively. Wisconsin commit Marcus Ball led the Wildcats with 12.
Dublin Coffman 46, Thomas Worthington 44
Dublin Coffman stayed in the driver’s seat in the OCC-Central last night with a Jason Hall tip-in at the buzzer, giving the Rocks a 46-44 road win over Thomas Worthington (11-5, 5-5). The Rocks (12-3, 9-1) survived despite a monster effort from the Cardinals’ Will Hill going for 18 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Coffman’s balanced attack was led by Tyrel Jackson with 12 points in the close win.
Westerville North 53, Dublin Jerome 38
After dropping their first game on Saturday to Brookhaven, Westerville North responded with a defensive gem, holding Jerome scoreless for the final 4+ minutes of the game in a 53-38 win over the Celtics. The Warriors (14-1, 9-0) kept their grasp on the OCC-Cardinal behind a 22-point effort from guard Jaylen Benton. Davidson recruit Jack Gibbs was also instrumental in the win with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. The Irish (4-11, 2-7) had the game as close as 38-35 midway through the final quarter, but the Warriors closed the game on a 15-3 run to seal the victory. Jerome was led by Kyle Christman and Matt Holden, each adding 12 points.
Newark 51, Grove City 48
Thanks to a 16-8 third quarter, Newark held off visiting Grove City 51-48 to keep the Wildcats two games back in OCC-Ohio contention. Despite out-rebounding the Wildcats 36-21, the ‘Hounds couldn’t stop the Dartis twins, as Jordan (19), and Jalen (18) led the Wildcats (9-7, 6-3) in the victory. Big man Brandon Bapst led Grove City (9-8, 5-4) with 18 points and 9 rebounds in the game.
Olentangy Orange 51, Mount Vernon 48 OT
Olentangy Orange stopped a three-game skid with a Brady Harris layup with 12 seconds left in overtime last night, holding off Mount Vernon 51-48. Harris led the Pioneers (9-4, 6-2) with 16 points in the win. After starting the season 4-1, the Yellow Jackets (7-10, 2-8) have dropped 9 of their last 12, and with last night’s loss they have only one win in conference play since December 14th. The Jackets were led by Chase Bailey with 12 points in the game.