Strong fourth quarter propels Gahanna to regional final

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Gahanna-Lincoln went on an 11-0 fourth quarter run that spanned nearly 5 minutes, giving them the lead for good as they survived with a 53-50 win over Pickerington Central tonight at the Fairgrounds Coliseum.  In the end, the Tigers’ (19-8) Connor Kern would Continue reading

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

OCC Review: Tuesday, January 22

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There was no divisonal play in the Ohio Capital Conference last night, but there were plenty of teams in action. As mentioned by Zach last night, Westland dominated Marysville 79-47. There were 19 other OCC teams who played last night:

Upper Arlington’s Danny Hummer and Kevin Vannatta combined to score 51 of the 60 points for the Bears (7-7, 4-4), and they survived Hilliard Darby 60-55 in overtime. Vannatta hit one of his six threes late in the fourth quarter to send the game into the extra frame. The Panthers (9-6, 4-4) had four scorers in double figures, including a team-high 16 from Taylor VanWinkle.

Jalen Rhea had 29 points, and visiting New Albany (13-2, 8-0) used its stellar defense to dominate host DeSales 64-38. Michael Hippler was the only Stallion to score more than 5 for DeSales (7-9), finishing with 6 points.

In a battle of two upper-tier OCC teams, Dublin Coffman used a 12-point, nine rebound effort from Jason Hall to fend off host Olentangy Orange 54-47. Coffman (10-3, 7-1) was helped by winning the free-throw battle, going 15-of-21 from the line, while only allowing Orange (8-4, 5-2) to reach the charity stripe 8 times, making 5.

In another defensive struggle, Worthington Kilboune used a 17-4 second-half run to hold off visiting Franklin Heights 45-39. The Wolves (6-9, 2-6) were led by Seth Hill with 11 points. Despite the loss, Heights (6-8, 3-5) was led by Aaron Page, with a game-high 16 points.

Behind a 48-30 second half, visiting Grove City dominated host Central Crossing in a cross-town rivalry game 77-45.. Winners of 5 of their last 6, the ‘Hounds (9-7, 5-3) were led by a double-double from Brandon Bapst, finishing with 18 points and 13 rebounds. The Comets (2-14, 0-8) were led by Marc Russell with 16 points.

Despite being outscored 27-14 in the third quarter, host Thomas Worthington outlasted Dublin Jerome 57-47. The Cardinals (11-3, 5-3) Lance Leslie was the top scorer, contributing a game-high 16 points. Freshman Mason Baich of Jerome (4-9, 2-5) filled the stat sheet with a team-high 14 points, six rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal.

Bishop Hartley limited Pickerington North to 14 second half points, defeating the Panthers 45-31 in a game at North. The game was won at the charity stripe, with the Hawks (9-3) shooting 16-of-24 from the line, while Pickerington North (7-8, 2-6) was limited to only 2 attempts all game (2 of 2). Kris Little for Hartley was the game’s leading scorer with 17.

Helped by a 33-21 rebounding margin, Watkins Memorial outlasted host Hilliard Bradley 55-51. The Warriors’ (4-11, 1-7) Hunter Holton collected a double-double at the bare minimum, with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Brandon Glenn led the Jaguars (1-14, 0-8) with 13 points.

Gahanna kept their winning streak alive last night, defeating the visiting Westerville Central 72-56. Behind a 23-3 free throw margin, the Lions (9-4, 4-4) dominated the middle two quarters after falling behind 18-14 to the Warhawks (7-8, 3-5) after the first quarter. Aaron Jackson for Gahanna had a game-high 23 points.

Avoiding looking ahead to Friday’s game at Westerville North, Dublin Scioto jumped out 23-10 after the first quarter, en route to a 72-28 victory versus visiting Marysville.  Scioto (13-1, 7-1) limited the Monarchs (4-10, 2-6) to 11 second-half points, and didn’t allow any Monarch to finish in double digits. Josh Ashwill was the leading scorer for the Irish with 17.