Strong second half helps Pickerington Central go back-to-back

By Jason Morrow / @thejaybird19

In a game where every possession was a battle, Pickerington Central used a 20-7 third quarter to push past Olentangy Orange 62-55 in a Division I district final at the Fairgrounds Coliseum Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Tigers have gone back to back, winning the 2012 district championship en route Continue reading

Pickerington Central cruises over Dublin Coffman

In a night where nobody felt safe from being upset (ex. Danville defeating Africentric) , Pickerington Central made sure the Tiger faithful wouldn’t have to stress, defeating seventh-seeded Dublin Coffman 73-54 in the second district semifinal at Pickerington North. The Tigers (18-7) were led by Jae’Sean Tate and Connor Kern, each with 20 points on the night.

Jalen Tate opened the scoring for the Tigers on the night with a layup. Jae’Sean would add to the lead a few possessions later on a monstrous dunk in transition, giving Pickerington Central a 6-1 lead early on.

Despite falling down eight later in the quarter, Kevin Marsh for Dublin Coffman (18-5) would knock down triples on consecutive possessions, cutting the Tiger lead down to two. Connor Kern would hit one of his four threes as time wound down in the first quarter, giving Pickerington Central a 17-12 advantage after one.

The Tigers throughout the night forced many turnovers out of the Shamrocks with their full-court pressure, causing Dublin Coffman to throw into the deep corner or just wildly out-of-bounds.

Play after the first would get a bit chippy, and escalated quickly once Jae’Sean Tate picked up a technical foul arguing with an official after being called for an illegal screen near the halfway point in the quarter.

Josh Morrow for Coffman would make one of two free-throws for the technical foul, giving Coffman their first and only lead of the night at 20-19. Over the next 10-plus minutes, Pickerington Central would use their pressuring defense and transition offense to go on a 32-8 run, and capped off by a Kyran Boyd three near the end of the third quarter.

The final frame was stress-free for the most part, but did include two dunks from Coffman forward Jason Hall, including one he would receive a technical for in the waning minutes of the game. The lead would balloon to its max at 63-39 on a basket from Pickerington Central’s DJ Tyree.

Picture credit goes to Mitch Brown at Central Ohio Photography

Pickerington Central will face Olentangy Orange on Saturday March 7 at noon at the Fairgrounds Coliseum. Olentangy Orange shocked fourth-seeded New Albany tonight, 46-45 on a buzzer beater.

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.

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.