Northland vs. Gahanna Lincoln Preview

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By: Zach Fleer / @YS614

Three years ago, David defeated Goliath. In the 2010 regional final at the Fairgrounds Coliseum, Northland, the nation’s No. 1 team, led by Jared Sullinger and Trey Burke was dispatched 71-45 to an underdog Gahanna Lincoln squad in arguably the biggest upset in recent history. On Saturday evening, each team enters the Coliseum for another regional final with similar implications.  Continue reading

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Northland shows resiliency in district title win over Olentangy Liberty

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Seth Towns holds up the Columbus 3 bracket. Photo provided by Chris Leaper

By: Zach Fleer / @YS614 

Unlike some of the other dominant Northland teams before them, this year’s Viking squad has a knack to keep their composure in close games. As been the case all year long, the Northland Vikings (26-0) won yet another slugfest that went down to the wire, 52-48 over third-seeded Olentangy Liberty (24-2). Continue reading

Watterson’s second half surge fuels overtime win over Brookhaven

By: Zach Fleer / @YS614

Going into halftime trailing 32-21, Bishop Watterson (23-1) was having all sorts of trouble containing standout Brookhaven (20-4) guard Randal Clarkson. Clarkson torched the Eagles for 13 points and four assists in a high-energy first half that had the Bearcats looking to run away with the Columbus 1 District title. Watterson’s suffocating zone-defense, combined with clutch three-point shooting helped the Eagles win their third district title in five years, 56-52.  Continue reading

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.

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

Esa Ahmad is on his way to becoming Cleveland’s top prospect

By: Zach Fleer / @YS614

Shaker Heights‘ sophomore big man Esa Ahmad has been making noise thus far in a successful 2012-’13 campaign for the Raiders. Drawing comparisons to Carlos Boozer, the six-foot-seven, 215 pound forward is one of the most talented players in a deep 2015 class in the state of Ohio. 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