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

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

Northland rolls over Hilliard Bradley behind strong second half

Ohio’s top team had many inside Northland’s gymnasium shaking their heads after the host Vikings went into halftime leading by only seven over lowly Hilliard Bradley (1-22, 0-13). Northland would rebound in the second half, fueled by a flurry of high power slams from Derek McKeithen in a 71-39 victory in the first round of tournament play. Continue reading

Northland wins seventh-straight City-League Championship, defeating Africentric 53-51

With just 51 seconds to go, and the game tied at 46, Africentric (19-3, 13-2) had the opportunity of a lifetime to put an end to Northland’s historic 103-game Columbus City-League winning streak. The Nubians held the ball and were ready to take the final shot before a packed house at East High School. As was the case for the majority of the afternoon, Africentric missed another opportunity, turning the ball over with ten seconds remaining. Northland (22-0, 15-0) would hit two free-throws following an Africentric foul, but the Nubians would tie the game at the buzzer, sending it into overtime. 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.