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

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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

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