By Ben Stroup
Jake Bourget scored nine of his 10 points in overtime, including the go-ahead three-pointer as the Hayes boys basketball team outlasted visiting Mount Vernon 48-38 Tuesday in Delaware.
“We scrapped out a win on a night we didn’t shoot the ball as well as we are capable of,” Pacer coach Jordan Blackburn said. “I was pleased with the leadership of our two seniors down the stretch … both were critical to the win.”
Zach McIntire finished with a team-best 14 points — an effort boosted by a 6-for-7 showing at the free throw line. Terin Kinsway was also solid, finishing 5-for-6 from the field and 3-for-3 at the line on the way to 13 points, while Derrick Buford held the Yellow Jackets’ leading scorer, Austin Springer, scoreless in the second half.
Hayes (8-10, 5-7 OCC) finished 15-for-17 at the line while Mount Vernon (7-12, 5-7 OCC) closed 12-for-20.
Buckeye Valley 64, Cardington 55
Buckeye Valley took three quarters to find its form, but owned the fourth en route to a 64-55 non-league win Tuesday at Cardington.
The Barons (13-5, 10-1 MOAC) trailed 49-46 through three quarters, but outscored the Pirates (7-9, 7-3 MOAC) 18-6 down the stretch to seal the deal.
Nick Hyatt led BV with 21 points, two steals, two assists and three rebounds. Jesse Tomlinson also had a nice game, closing with 14 points, three assists, two steals and five boards; and Mitch Rotondo collected a team-best 13 rebounds while dishing out six assists.
New Albany 61, Big Walnut 40
The Golden Eagles led 16-14 after one, but host New Albany dominated the rest of the way to post a lopsided league win Tuesday night.
Austin Becker led Big Walnut (4-15, 2-10 OCC) with 12 points while New Albany’s (16-3, 10-2 OCC) Bryson London topped all scorers with 17.
Orange 72, Franklin Heights 38
The Pioneers raced out to an 18-8 lead after one and never looked back, rolling to a convincing OCC-Capital Division win over the Falcons Tuesday in Columbus.
Eleven different Orange (16-4, 10-2 OCC) scored in the win, including Evan Lewis and Cam Barron, who finished with 20 and 16 points, respectively.
Hilliard Davidson 51, Liberty 50, 2OT
Drew Rosi scored 17 points and Brendon White added 12, but it wasn’t quite enough as the visiting Wildcats (10-9, 5-7 OCC) edged the Patriots (10-10, 5-7 OCC) in double overtime Tuesday in Powell.
Worthington Kilbourne 72, Olentangy 56
The Wolves used a dominate second quarter to bury the Braves, outscoring the hosts 20-3 in the period en route to an OCC-Capital Division win Tuesday in Lewis Center.
Twelve different Olentangy (8-8, 6-6 OCC) players scored in the setback, but none cracked double digits.
Matthew Gierhart poured in a game-best 19 points for Kilbourne (12-5, 10-2 OCC).
Liberty moved a step closer to securing an outright OCC-Central Division championship, claiming at least a share with a 50-41 win over Davidson Tuesday in Hilliard.
The Patriots (19-2, 12-1 OCC), who trailed 18-16 at the half, outscored the Wildcats (7-14, 6-7 OCC) 18-14 in the third and 16-9 in the fourth to seal the deal.
Bre Yashko led Liberty with 15 points while Savitha Jayaraman had 11 in the win.
Orange 51, Franklin Heights 38
Alyssa Feeley scored a game-best 14 points and Schae Lilley added 10 as the Pioneers (9-12, 5-8 OCC) notched a win over the Falcons (0-21, 0-13 OCC) Tuesday in Lewis Center.
Also: New Albany 55, Big Walnut 34; Mount Vernon 56, Hayes 20; Delaware Christian 49, Madison Christian 26.
Cardington 2,340, Buckeye Valley 2,111.
Cardington 1,943, Buckeye Valley 1,826.
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