Things were tight heading into the final frame, but Gahanna used a 26-10 fourth-quarter surge to all but end the drama on the way to a 66-45 non-league win over host Liberty Tuesday in Powell.
The Patriots struggled down the stretch, but were poised and productive early on. They had the inside-outside game working well in the first as Ben Roderick hit a pair of threes and Dan McFarland scored a couple buckets in the paint to account for 10 of Liberty’s 17 first-quarter points.
The Patriots led by six after one, 17-11, but turnovers killed them in the second. Gahanna wiped out its deficit with hoops by David Miller, Elijah Thomas and Nate Ward — all stemming from steals — on the way to a 25-21 halftime edge.
The game stayed tight through three, with the Lions up 40-35, but it was all Gahanna in the fourth.
Roderick led Liberty with 13 points while Nick Nakasian and Jack Barnett finished with eight apiece. Jordan Mitchell led Gahanna with 20 points in the win.
Hayes 61, Worthington Kilbourne 59, OT
Terin Kinsway rebounded a Will Yoakum miss and scored on a putback with 3.9 seconds left in overtime to lift the Pacers to a thrilling league win over the Wolves Tuesday in Delaware.
Kinsway finished with 15 points and 13 boards while Yoakum closed with 31 points. The senior was 12-for-19 from the field and 6-for-6 from the free-throw line. Hayes made 12 of its 13 shots from the charity stripe for the game, including all six in OT.
Kilbourne, meanwhile, was 9-for-17 at the line.
Anthony Rodgers made the defensive play of the game, collecting a steal in the press with 27 seconds left to set up Hayes’ game-winning sequence.
“Our kids battled,” Hayes coach Jordan Blackburn said. “We had some issues with executing and making sound decisions in the fourth, but our guys did a great job of responding to adversity in overtime to pull out a hard-fought win.
“For 28 minutes, we played some of the best (basketball) we’ve played this season, and we’ll continue to get better. We were resilient and stayed together. Lots to work on for sure, but I thought we made several hustle plays down the stretch that provided the difference.”
Upper Arlington 52, Olentangy 37
Dane Goodwin scored 27 points to lead the Golden Bears past the Braves Tuesday in Upper Arlington.
Sean Marks and Jason Sieve paced Olentangy, which scored just 15 points in the first half, with a combined 30 points in the setback.
Also: Delaware Christian 71, Danville 70; Westerville Central 46, Big Walnut 32; Hilliard Davidson 45, Orange 28.
Delaware Christian managed just 10 first-half points, but rallied in the second half to post a 34-31 non-league win over visiting Columbus School for Girls Tuesday in Delaware.
The Eagles trailed by seven at the break, but outscored the visitors 9-4 in the third and 15-10 in the fourth to complete the comeback.
Lyssi Snouffer made the most of her first varsity start, leading DCS with 13 points and 17 rebounds. Anna Fuller also played well, finishing with seven points, four rebounds and two steals.
Worthington Kilbourne 45, Hayes 37
Delaware Hayes found itself in a tie game heading into the fourth, but was outscored 17-9 in the final frame to fall to host Worthington Kilbourne in non-league action Tuesday night.
Madison Eldridge led the Pacers with three triples and 17 points while Keiona Houser finished with 11 points in the setback.
Lakewood 44, Buckeye Valley 38
The Barons outscored Lakewood in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t complete the comeback on the way to a tight non-league loss Tuesday in Delaware.
Lakewood started both halves well to build a cushion. It outscored BV 14-9 in the first and 12-5 in the third.
Gabrielle Legg led Buckeye Valley with 11 points and four assists. Alaina Radcliffe was also productive, finishing with eight points and six rebounds, and Morgan Scowden finished with seven points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Also: Olentangy 49, Upper Arlington 43; Gahanna 44, Liberty 37; Hilliard Davidson 50, Orange 37.
Olentangy Orange trailed by 23 pins after the first two games, but used bakers of 199 and 187 to notch a 1,980-1,958 win over Thomas Worthington Tuesday afternoon.
Kirk Glori led the Pioneers, who won their fourth straight, with games of 151 and 199 for a team-high series of 350.
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