Jason Sieve poured in 25 points for the second straight night and got plenty of help as the Olentangy boys basketball team outlasted visiting Mansfield Senior 85-74 Saturday in Lewis Center.
The Braves (11-10) started fast, racing out to a 24-7 lead after the first quarter. Mansfield Senior answered with a steady 20-15 second, but Olentangy won the third 20-16 to take a commanding 59-43 lead into the fourth.
Greg Hendrix backed Sieve with 20 points while Sean Marks added 17 in the Senior Night win.
North Union 51, Buckeye Valley 47
The Barons regrouped after a slow start, but couldn’t quite climb out of the hole they dug themselves in the first quarter of Saturday’s MOAC showdown at North Union.
BV (7-15) outscored the Wildcats 41-35 over the course of the final three quarters, but was outscored 16-6 in the first.
Shooting was an issue as the Barons made just three of their 20 three-point attempts and shot 16-for-55 overall. They stayed in the game by taking care of the ball, finishing with just eight turnovers.
Austin Richard led BV with 10 points while Dylan Herbert added nine. North Union’s Ronnie Rayburn led all scorers with 17 points while Mason Soviak and Cody Neel added 10 apiece.
Mount Vernon 57, Big Walnut 44
One bad quarter did in the Golden Eagles Saturday in Mount Vernon.
Big Walnut (4-18) trailed by just one after the first quarter, 9-8, but was outscored 21-8 in the second. The Eagles recovered in the second half, but couldn’t close the gap.
Henry von Hollen and Nathan Montgomery led BW with 12 points apiece.
Orange put together a really nice second half, but, unfortunately for the Pioneers, it came after a not-so-great first as host Bradley held on for a 38-34 win in the first round of the Division I girls district basketball tournament Saturday in Hilliard.
Orange (7-16) outscored Bradley (19-4) 24-16 in the second half, but trailed 22-10 at halftime.
The Jaguars’ Teneea Heston led all scorers with 13 points while McKenna Ford paced the Pioneers with 12.
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