All across the Central District the higher seeded teams had slow starts out of the gate. Top ranked Northland led by only 7 at half over one-win Hilliard Bradley, and 4th-seeded New Albany needed all four quarters to defeat Marysville 63-61.
Hilliard Davidson (5-17, 2-12) hung tight with the Greyhounds through one, leading for a majority of the quarter, and took the first quarter lead for good with a Josh Stimmel three at the buzzer.
However, the second quarter was all Grove City. The Bapst brothers outscored the Wildcats by themselves in the quarter 14-to-4, and combined with Davidson’s struggles on offense (2/6 from the field, 5 turnovers), the Hounds took a 29-16 advantage into the locker room.
Grove City would stretch their lead to as many as 23 at 51-28 in the third quarter on consecutive three pointers from senior Tyler Hale. Hale hit four threes in the game total for 12 points.
The final exclamation point for the Hounds came in the latter stages of the fourth, with Grove City leading 68-43. The Greyhounds Dominic Marino knocked down a triple, bringing the near full-house crowd to their feet.
With the win, Grove City will face tomorrow night’s winner of the battle of Dublin, when Dublin Coffman (16-4, 12-2) will host Dublin Jerome (7-14, 4-10). If Coffman wins, the Hounds be on the road to face the Shamrocks on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m..