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

Pickerington Central survives Dublin Scioto despite Ashwill’s 33

OHSAA logoDuring tournament time, some players will crumble under the pressure while others will shine. The latter was the case for Pickerington Central’s Jae’Sean Tate, who had a team-high 26 points in a 59-57 overtime win over Dublin Scioto in a Division I sectional final. An arguably better performance was put up by the Scioto’s Joshua Ashwill, who had five three-pointers en route to a 33-point performance. 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

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

Grove City rolls easily over Hilliard Davidson despite slow start

OHSAA logoWith slow starts being the norm tonight, the 16th-seeded Grove City Greyhounds (14-8, 10-4) overcame an early first half deficit with a 17-2 run, going on to win 77-51 over Hilliard Davidson. Continue reading

Kings of the city once again: Westerville North 77, Westerville South 68

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Marcus Ball may have won the battle tonight, but his Wildcats could not win the war, falling to Westerville North for the 4th straight time, this time by a final of 77-68. Ball’s 32-point performance was a game-high and more than his counterpart Jack Gibbs for North, as he added 21 to lead the Warriors (19-1, 13-0). Continue reading

North looks for clean sweep of the ‘Ville as they host South tonight

Westerville NorthAs ESPN pulls out the stops on their version of “Rivalry Week”, the Ohio Capital Conference has some tricks up their sleeve as well, saving some of the best games on its conference slate for the final week of the season. It may not be widely recognized like a Duke-Carolina matchup, but it sure has some bang for the buck. The Warriors of Westerville North (18-1, 12-0) are looking to go for a clean sweep of the city of Westerville, as they host Westerville South (14-6, 9-4) tonight at home.

In terms of the OCC-Cardinal championship, Westerville North locked up their title last Tuesday with a 73-50 win at home versus Hilliard Bradley. With an upset win tonight, the Wildcats can secure a third straight 10-win conference slate, dating back to their OCC championship in 2011.

Although over the long run Westerville South has owned the series (15-4 since 2000, H/T: @SouthBasketball), Westerville North has won the last three in the series, albeit a slim margin of roughly 4.5 points per game.

The matchup earlier this season on January 13th saw North jump out 31-17 in the first half before the Wildcats fought back, but never shrank the lead to less than 4, falling in the end 69-64. Marcus Ball led the Cats with a game-high 28 points, also adding 6 boards. The disparity at the free-throw line was the difference, with North going 15-of-20 from the stripe, and South only shooting 5-of-11 from the line.

Tonight’s matchup will certainly be an interesting one, with city pride on the line and the chance for North to complete a sweep of the city of Westerville for the second year in a row. As all OCC games are, the varsity game tips at approximately 7:30 p.m..