By Ben Stroup
Olentangy forced 22 turnovers and sealed the deal with 24 fourth-quarter points en route to a convincing 72-49 OCC-Capital Division win over Hayes Friday in Lewis Center.
Will Yoakum and Zach McIntire hit back-to-back threes to bring the Pacers (9-12, 6-8 OCC) within four, 37-33 with 4:08 left in the third. But the Braves (10-10, 8-6 OCC) dominated down the stretch.
Seth O’Neal, who finished with 13 points, sparked what turned out to be a 25-3 run with seven straight points. O’Neal hit a pair of runners on back-to-back possessions before drilling a three-pointer to balloon the Olentangy edge to 44-33 with 3:17 left in the third.
A Carter Kinnaird dunk and Derrick Wyche layin gave the Braves a 48-33 lead after three — a lead they only added to with the 24-point fourth. Wyche finished with a team-leading 14 points while Kinnaird closed with 13.
The turnovers were key as Olentangy took 17 more shots than the Pacers.
Hayes was led by McIntire’s game-high 19 points and Yoakum’s 16.
Thomas Worthington 54, Liberty 50
The Patriots outscored the host Cardinals in each of the final two quarters, but it wasn’t enough to make up for an inconsistent first half during Friday’s OCC-Central Division finale in Worthington.
Liberty (10-12, 5-9 OCC) , down 29-21 at halftime, outscored Thomas Worthington (14-8, 8-6 OCC) 18-15 in the third quarter and 11-10 in the fourth to smooth out the scoring summary.
Brendon White led the Patriots with 16 points while Spencer Mitchell closed with 14.
Follow Ben Stroup on Twitter @delgazette_ben.