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.

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Westland’s fourth quarter scoring too much for Grove City to handle

Kersey Quarter. This is what many around the Westland basketball program are starting to call the final period of play when #22 is on the floor. In a game of runs, the Cougars would rely on Kersey Long’s nine points in the final minutes last night in a thrilling 71-58 victory over Grove City.

With a 49-29 cushion midway through the third quarter, it seemed as if Westland shut down and planned to coast their way through the rest of the game. Heading into the fourth quarter, Grove City cut that lead in half with sharp three-point shooting and suffocating defense. Charging ahead to a 9-0 run in the opening moments of the fourth, Westland’s lead was no longer safe at 49-48 with six minutes to play.

This is when Kersey Long stepped up. Plagued by poor shooting for the majority of the game, Long started to find lanes to the basket and shots began to fall. Long converted two three-point plays in the final period, and would finish with ten points on the night. Westland outscored the Greyhounds 22-19 in the fourth to secure their ninth win on the year. The Cougars travel to Marysville for a tough OCC-Central matchup on Friday.

Across the OCC

Dublin Coffman and Olentangy Liberty both remain at the top of the Central division after last night. Coffman was off Tuesday, while Olentangy Liberty won a non-league contest over fierce rival Olentangy Orange, 51-41.

Central Crossing dropped their fifth consecutive game, this time at the hands of district rival Franklin Heights. The Falcons were led by Ricardo Harris’ ten points in a 48-39 victory. With the win, Franklin Heights improves to 6-6 on the season, while the Comets fall to 2-11.

City-League Review

Surprising Centennial continued their winning ways on Tuesday night in a 95-82 victory over league opponent Beechcroft. The Stars were led in scoring by Boo Osbourne’s 35 points. Beechcroft had a 30 point scorer as well, with Patrick Ngene erupting for 31 in the loss. Centennial is now 8-2 on this year’s campaign, while Beechcroft falls to 5-5.

In a slugfest defensive battle for the first three quarters of play, Eastmoor’s offensive prowess was too much for Walnut Ridge to handle. Only scoring 16 points through three, the Warriors exploded for 23 in the fourth quarter en route to a 39-36 victory. John Draper led all scorers with 16 points. Eastmoor is now 8-4, while Walnut Ridge drops to 7-5.

Written by: Zach Fleer / @YS614Image