Marion-Franklin defeats DeSales for first district championship since 1993

Using their full-court pressure and stifling defense, 11th-seeded Marion Franklin was able to handily defeat DeSales 56-34 in a Division II district final at the Fairgrounds Coliseum Friday night. The Red Devils (13-12) were led by

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JD Davis powers East to road win over River Valley

By: Zach Fleer / @YS614

Playing their first game in 16 days, JD Davis and the East Tigers advanced to the district semifinals after a hard-fought road win over 14th-seeded River Valley (12-12), 45-41. Davis stuffed the stat sheet for the Tigers, going for 14 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks to power East to their 11th win of the season. Continue reading

Columbus City-League sends nine teams to second round

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In the first round of Central district tournament play this weekend, the Columbus City-League had nine teams advance to the second round. In Division I action, No. 1 seed Northland rolled over Hilliard Bradley, 71-39. In addition to Northland’s victory, 20th-seeded Walnut Ridge dispatched 25th-seeded Pickerington North 50-41, behind a balanced scoring effort, including 14 points from Rob Wheelwright.  Continue reading

City-League Roundup: Africentric rolls over Briggs to continue stellar season

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While the OCC had a night off for divisional action, league games took place all over Columbus’ City-League on Tuesday.

The Nubians of Africentric improved to 13-2 last night with a 28 point win over Briggs (7-9, 4-6), 85-57. Africentric had no problem on the offensive end, as 11 Nubians scored, including three players in double figures. Jaquan Harrison led the charge with 19 points. Briggs fell behind early and never had a chance to reclaim the lead. Chris Gore led all Bruins’ scorers with 13 points.

Northland continued their undefeated season with a brutal beatdown of Beechcroft (6-7, 4-5), 91-48. Going into the second half only down 15, the Cougars would be outscored 44-16 in the final two quarters. The Vikings picked up the pace on the defensive end in the second half and sent a message across the north side of Columbus. Ty Hairston, Derek McKeithen, Shemar Waugh, and Armani Towns each scored in double figures for Northland, as Hairston led all scorers with 18 points. The Vikings are now 14-0 heading into Friday’s matchup with Centennial.

On the city’s east side, Walnut Ridge (8-6, 5-4) took advantage of a high-scoring first half to win on the road at Independence (4-10, 2-7), 73-50. The Scots were led in scoring by Rob Wheelwright’s 17 points, in a game just one week away from Ridge’s important matchup with first place Africentric. Jeremy Campbell and J. Pope led the 76ers in scoring with 17 and 12, respectively. Independence is again at home on Friday against the Nubians.

Brookhaven‘s explosive second half helped the Bearcats overcome a two point half-time deficit in a home win vs. Mifflin. The Bearcats (11-2, 6-2) outscored the Punchers (5-10, 3-6) by 19 points in the final two periods, due in big part to Brookhaven’s balanced scoring. Five Bearcats scored in double figures, highlighted by Randall Clarkson’s 16 points. Mifflin’s J Murrell and Vincente Mills combined for 37 of the Punchers’ 70 points. Brookhaven has Whetstone at home on Friday. while Mifflin travels to winless Linden.

Eastmoor (10-5, 8-1) remains tied atop the City-League South after cruising to a 84-48 victory at home vs. West (3-10, 0-9). John Draper led the Warriors with 21 points, in a game that was 45-18 at half. Charles Holland was the only Cowboy player to get things going, scoring more than half of his team’s points with 25. Eastmoor heads to Marion-Franklin this Friday for an important league game to determine their fate in the conference. Eastmoor won their only previous matchup with the Red Devils, 59-57 earlier this month.

Marion-Franklin (8-6, 5-4) would need an extra five minutes of overtime to defeat host South (9-5, 4-5) in an exciting 61-58 victory. The Red Devils’ Demetrius Walker hit a three-point shot with 10 seconds remaining to send the game into the extra frame. South missed six free throws in overtime, in a game that could have gone either way. Each team had three players score in double digits. Oumar Diop led the Bulldogs in scoring with 18 points, while Walker and Marquiez Lawrence scored 15 a piece for the Red Devils.