Roderick clutch in win over Hughes


By Michael Rich - For the Gazette



Ben Roderick scored 42 points, including the go-ahead basket with 3.8 seconds left to lift the Olentangy Liberty boys basketball team to a 79-77 win at Cincinnati Hughes in non-league play Saturday night in Cincinnati.

Roderick scored eight points during a 13-3 rally in the fourth quarter that helped the Patriots overcome a five-point deficit against the state’s seventh-ranked team in Division II.

Paul McMillan scored all seven points in a 7-2 Big Red rally to tie the game, setting up Roderick’s go-ahead score.

Nick Nakasian added 15 points for the Patriots (17-4), who have won seven straight.

McMillan led the Big Red (16-3) with 31 points, Cameron McKenzie added 19, Tyon Thompson 16 and Kionte Thomas 10.

Liberty closes out the regular season at Olentangy in OCC-Buckeye play Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Buckeye Valley 69, Marengo Highland 54

Dylan Herbert lit it up with three 3-pointers in the first quarter to jump-start the Barons to a non-league win in Marengo.

Herbert and Troy Scowden paced BV (9-10) with 16 points apiece, Dylan Thompson added 13 and Jack Rotondo chipped in 10.

Mack Anglin had 17 points to lead the Scots (14-7), Chase Carpenter added 12 and Andrew Wheeler 11.

BV returns to MOAC action Thursday night, hosting Galion at 7:30 p.m.

Bexley 52, Olentangy Berlin 42

The host Bears rallied in the third quarter to cut a 13-point deficit to two, but ran out of gas and fell in non-league action in Delaware.

Austin Corley had a game-high 21 points and Bryce Reed buried four 3-pointers and scored 12 points to lead Berlin (3-18).

Nasir Tucker had 16 points to lead the Lions (12-7).

Berlin closes out its first regular season at home against Delaware Hayes in OCC-Cardinal action Friday night at 7:30 p.m.

Olentangy Orange 66, Urbana 51

Bryson Lane knocked down five 3-pointers and scored 21 points to lead the Pioneers to a non-league win in Lewis Center.

Andre Irvin added 11 points and Ryan Cutler pitched in 10 to help Orange (13-7).

Grant Hower poured in 21 points and Isaiah Fonseca added 13 points to pace the Hillclimbers.

Orange returns to OCC-Buckeye play Friday night at Westerville North. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Lyssi Snouffer pulled down 19 rebounds, including her 1,000th-career board, but visiting Fredericktown spoiled the festivities with a 16-3 third quarter to hand Delaware Christian a 49-36 loss in non-league play Saturday in Delaware.

Abbi Maurer scored 16 points and added nine rebounds, four steals and three assists; and Snouffer finished with 15 points and four steals to lead the Eagles (17-5), who dropped their third in four games.

DCS, seeded fourth, is off until Feb. 21 when it hosts 14th-seeded Wellington in the second round of the Division IV district tournament. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Massillon Jackson 58, Big Walnut 52 (OT)

The Golden Eagles rallied from a 17-point halftime deficit to force overtime, but the host Panthers won the extra frame 7-1 to hand BW a loss in non-league play Saturday in Massillon.

Erin Boehm had 19 points and Avery Schone added 13 to lead the Eagles (16-5).

Rylee Pireu had a game-high 21 points to lead the Panthers.

BW is seeded third in the Division II district tournament and will host 23rd-seeded Horizon Science in the first round Feb. 19 at 7 p.m.

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By Michael Rich

For the Gazette

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