Gahanna hangs on to win third district title in four years

By Jason Morrow / @thejaybird19

Despite being outscored in the second half, Gahanna-Lincoln cruised to a 64-54 win over Newark on Saturday in the Columbus 2 district final. Gahanna (20-5), was led by Aaron Jackson, who had 15 points and 7 rebounds for the game. With the win, the Lions Continue reading

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Olentangy Orange upsets New Albany on Deitsch buzzer-beater

By Jason Morrow/ @thejaybird19

Sometimes it is truly the case to rather be lucky than good. Tonight that was the case for Olentangy Orange and Nick Deitsch, whose tip-in at the buzzer knocked off fourth-seeded New Albany 46-45 in a district semifinal at Pickerington North.

With just under thirty seconds remaining, and tied at 44, Olentangy Orange’s inbounds pass was stolen by Jalen Rhea and was fouled just seconds later. Rhea made the first free-throw but couldn’t connect on the second, setting up the final possession for the Pioneers (15-9). Hunter Jenkins was the man who had to force up a contested shot as time ran down. His shot was off the mark but landed directly in the hands of Nick Deitsch, who laid it in as time expired.

There was no demonstrative call on the floor, but all three officials in unison signaled the basket was good before making a quick exit.

This was the third meeting of the year for the two schools, normally as OCC-Capital division foes. The first two meetings were won handily by New Albany (22-3), each time by double digits.

Most of the game was played within a five-point window either way, with neither team up by more than 4 in the fourth quarter or overtimes. The Eagles trailed 41-39 late in the fourth, but a Devon Pitts layup tied the game, although he would miss the ensuing free-throw to take the lead.

Orange was able to hold the ball for a minute to get the final shot in regulation. Brady Harris for Orange missed a potential game-winner, sending the game into the extra frame.

Jalen Rhea led all scorers in the game with 18, and Orange was led by Brandon Blake with 14.

Pickerington Central, who defeated Dublin Coffman in the second session 73-54, will be the Pioneers’ next opponent. The Columbus 1 district final will be Saturday, March 6 at the Fairgrounds Coliseum.

New Albany’s defense locks down Mount Vernon

After scoring only 30 points per game in their two regular season matchup, Mount Vernon was hoping to crack the code that is New Albany’s defense. Unfortunately for the Yellow Jackets and their fans, they didn’t get to double digits until late in the third quarter, and New Albany (22-2) with their stellar defense in top gear tonight, took down Mount Vernon 52-23 in a sectional final. Continue reading

Westland runs past Westerville Central, 77-62

JJ Smith gets an offensive rebound and put-back towards the end of the first quarter.

JJ Smith gets an offensive rebound and put-back towards the end of the first quarter.

By: Zach Fleer / @YS614

Whatever struggles the Westland Cougars (18-6) had at home just a few weeks ago are long gone after tonight’s enormous victory over Westerville Central in the second round of tournament play, 77-62. Led by Kersey Long’s 26 points, the Cougars ran the Warhawks off the court with suffocating defense which in turn led to transition offense to guide Westland to the win. Continue reading

All you need to know in Columbus: Wednesday, February 27th

OHSAA logoThe second round is upon us. We probably won’t have any unbelievable upsets like in the NCAA tournament’s second round, but what you will see is very good basketball, and some great games are in the forecast without a doubt. Of the 12 games on the docket for Division I, nine of them will be played on the 27th, two more on the 28th, and the Olentangy Orange at Zanesville being the lone game on the 1st of March. Today here at Scarberry Productions, I will give key facts about the 9 games for tomorrow night: Continue reading

The Host with the Most

For the first time in recent history, or quite possibly ever, the Central District Athletic Board made a dramatic change to the tournament format that is going to change the landscape for the next few weeks. Due to low turnouts at sectional tournament games at the local high schools, the CDAB will be having the higher seeded team host their tournament game for the sectional rounds. Continue reading