Braves handle Golden Eagles 49-44


By Ben Stroup -

The Olentangy boys basketball team didn’t exactly shoot the lights out, but it made more than enough plays to outlast visiting Big Walnut for a 49-44 non-league win Tuesday (Jan. 23) in Lewis Center.

The Braves made just four of their 20 shots from beyond the arc, but made up for it with defense.

“I thought the defense did a pretty nice job tonight,” Olentangy coach John Feasel said. “At times, we made it difficult on them. Now, we didn’t shoot the ball well, but in a way I like that … I like that we got a win on a night we didn’t shoot it well. We played good defense and beat a team that’s been pretty hot lately.”

The Braves led 17-13 after the first quarter and maintained a small edge most of the way.

Sean Marks led all scorers with 15 points, Alex Sieve added 11 and Austin Brown chipped in 11 in the win.

Jordan Koebel led BW with 13 points while Nathan Montgomery and Kegan Hienton added respective totals of 11 and 10.

Delaware Hayes 37, Thomas Worthington 20

The Pacers held the visiting Cardinals to five second-half points, and none in the third quarter, to nab a solid OCC win Tuesday (Jan. 23) in Delaware.

Hayes, already in control, closed the game with a perfect 8-for-8 effort at the free throw line in the fourth quarter.

Terin Kinsway led all scorers with 11 points. Nate Griggs and Paul Burris were also solid for the Pacers, finishing with 10 and nine points, respectively.

Ohio University recruit Ben Wight led Thomas Worthington, but was held to just nine points.

Marion Harding 50, Buckeye Valley 36

A power outage halted play when the teams met up earlier this month, but the host Presidents picked up right where they left off when play finally resumed Tuesday (Jan. 23) in Marion.

Harding, up big in the third quarter when the power went out, ended up outscoring Buckeye Valley 19-7 in the period en route to an MOAC win.

The Barons won the fourth 8-4 to smooth out the scoring summary.

Max Stokey led BV with 14 points while Dylan Herbert added 10.

Benjamin Logan 69, Delaware Christian 50

Ryan Manny scored 16 points, Pryce Johnson added 12 and Nathan Stewart chipped in 11, but it wasn’t enough as the Eagles fell to host Raiders Tuesday night (Jan. 23) in Bellefontaine.

Benjamin Logan set the tone with a 17-4 first quarter.

Olentangy Liberty 62, Hilliard Davidson 51

Four different players scored in double figures as the Patriots parlayed a balanced effort into a non-league win over the Wildcats Tuesday (Jan. 23) in Powell.

Liberty trailed 18-14 after one, but outscored Davidson in each of the final three quarters.

Ben Roderick paced the Patriots with 17 points, Mitch Kershner added 14, Dan McFarland finished with 12 and Mitchell Okuley added 10 points in the win.

Also Jan. 23: Olentangy Orange 66, Dublin Coffman 62.

Buckeye Valley 46, Ontario 42

Austin Richard scored 22 points to help the Buckeye Valley boys basketball team hand Ontario its first MOAC loss Friday night (Jan. 26) in Mansfield.

The Barons held Ontario to just eight points in the final period to overcome a two-point deficit through three and earn the 46-42 win.

“This was a big win for us — their senior night, packed guy — satisfying win,” BV coach Andy Gast said. “Considering the circumstances, this was one of the biggest, most satisfying wins of my coaching career. I’m so proud of our kids.”

Dylan Herbert had nine points for BV and Logan Jones led Ontario with 10.

Westerville South 51, Olentangy Liberty 50

Ben Roderick scored to give the Patriots a late lead, but Jordan McMillan answered with a clutch jumper with 2.3 seconds left to lead host Westerville South to a thrilling 51-50 OCC win Friday night, Jan. 26.

The game was back and fourth from start to finish. After an 11-11 first quarter, the Patriots outscored the Wildcats 19-16 in the second to take a slight edge into halftime. The Wildcats cut into the deficit a bit with a 13-12 third and outscored Liberty 11-8 in the fourth to smooth out the scoring summary.

Roderick led all scorers with 17 points while McMillan had a team-best 14 for South.

Next up, Liberty is slated to take on Dublin Coffman Jan. 27 at Ohio Dominican.

New Albany 55, Big Walnut 46

The Golden Eagles led early, and the game was tied heading into the fourth, but the host Eagles won the final frame 21-12 to nab an OCC win Friday night (Jan. 26) in New Albany.

Kegan Hienton led Big Walnut with 18 points while Brennan Wood had 12 for New Albany.

The Golden Eagles return to action Tuesday (Jan. 30) against host Lancaster. Tip is set for 7:30 p.m.

Delaware Christian 54, Tree of Life 42

The Eagles jumped out to an 11-5 first quarter lead and 31-15 edge by halftime en route to a MOCAL win over Tree of Life Friday (Jan. 26) in Delaware.

Ryan Manny led DCS with 16 points while Pryce Johnson chipped in 11 in the win.

DCS returns to action Thursday against visiting Fisher Catholic.

Westerville North 66, Olentangy 47

The Warriors outscored the visiting Braves 17-9 in the first quarter and never looked back on the way to an OCC win Friday in Westerville.

Olentangy’s Sean Marks led all scorers with 20 points while Julius Brown led Westerville North with 16.

The Braves get back at it Wednesday (Jan. 31) against visiting Olentangy Liberty. Tip is set for 7:30 p.m.

Also Jan. 26: Olentangy Orange 67, Westerville Central 65, OT.

By Ben Stroup