Hayes outscored host Pickerington North 33-18 through the first 13-plus minutes of the second half, but the hole it dug itself in the first two quarters was too much to overcome as the Panthers held on for a 62-52 non-league win Tuesday night.
Will Yoakum poured in 16 points during the run, including four third-quarter threes. He finished with a game-best 24 points to go with six rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Terin Kinsway also had a solid game for the Pacers (1-2), finishing with 15 points and six rebounds.
“We fought, and I’m proud of the kids for being resilient,” Hayes coach Jordan Blackburn said. “But we have to take excellent care of the basketball to beat teams who are more athletic than us. Tonight, we only did that for a half.”
The Panthers limped to the finish line, but dominated the first half thanks in large part to 11 Pacer turnovers. North led 38-16 at the break with Jerome Hunter and Ty Wiley chipping in eight points apiece. Hunter finished with 16 points and six boards while Wiley closed with 12 points and five assists in the win.
Madison Comprehensive 61, Olentangy 60
Luke Riedel buried a pair of clutch free throws to put the Braves up 60-59, but visiting Madison Comprehensive came back with a pair of its own with 8.3 seconds left to notch a tight non-league win Tuesday in Lewis Center.
“It went back and fourth,” Olentangy coach John Feasel said. “We had a couple chances at the end — missed a layup in the lane and a follow-up — just didn’t get it done.”
The Braves played well, but struggled to close out quarters. Madison Comprehensive beat the first- and second-quarter buzzers with threes before the two key free throws in the fourth smoothed out the scoring summary.
Greg Hendrix led Olentangy (1-1) with 17 points while Jason Sieve finished with 15.
Orange 42, Marion Harding 40
The Pioneers didn’t exactly light up the scoreboard, but made shots when they needed to as Cam Barron’s buzzer-beater sent them to a thrilling season-opening with over the host Presidents Tuesday in Marion.
Barron finished with nine points while Jalen Bethel led the way with 10.
Briggs 59, Buckeye Valley 36
Briggs started fast and never looked back, racing to a lopsided non-league win over the Barons Tuesday night in Delaware.
Buckeye Valley (0-2) found itself in a 17-5 hole after one and trailed 33-15 at halftime. BV showed some fight with a 13-6 third, but was outscored 20-8 in the fourth to account for the final margin.
Austin Richard led the way with 12 points while Ethan Crawford had nine points and a team-best six rebounds in the setback.
Danny Corbett led Briggs with 16 points.
Delaware Christian 74, Madison Christian 57
Andrew Dunnavant finished with 23 points, Isaac Rindfuss added 20 and Adam Standley finished in double figures with 13 as the Eagles cruised to a win against host Madison Christian Tuesday night.
DCS led 19-7 after one and, thanks to a 22-17 second, owned a 41-24 lead at the break. Madison Christian closed the gap a bit in the third, but a 20-12 Eagle run in the fourth sealed the deal.
Buckeye Valley’s bowling teams were solid Tuesday, rolling to a pair of wins over Galion.
The boys, who improved to 3-0, won 2,146-1,786 thanks in part to Jimmy Davis’ team-leading series of 421 (games of 189 and 232). Other BV standouts included Leo Wells (370) and Dawson Munday (358).
The Baron girls, meanwhile, picked up their first win of the season by a 1,666-1,310 margin. Tara McClure led the way with games of 143 and 204 (347 series) while Bree Hall added solid efforts of 135 and 141.
Also: Olentangy (girls) def. Thomas Worthington 1,947-1,269; Thomas Worthington (boys) def. Olentangy 2,272-1,948.
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