A five-minute stretch of the third quarter proved to be the difference as the Grove City High School boys basketball team defeated host Reynoldsburg 82-69 on Friday.
A five-minute stretch of the third quarter proved to be the difference as the Grove City High School boys basketball teamdefeated host Reynoldsburg 82-69 on Friday
The Greyhounds improved to 11-1 overall and 7-1 in the OCC-Ohio Division as the Raiders dropped to 8-4 and 5-3.
Grove City center Jon Smith scored 10-of his 22 points during a critical juncture of the second half when Grove City turned a four-point deficit into an 11-point lead. Reynoldsburg never got closer than six the rest of the game.
"This was big," Smith said. "Reynoldsburg's going to beat a lot of teams in the league and that's going to help us."
Reynoldsburg scored the first six points of the third quarter to take a 45-41 lead with just less than seven minutes on the clock.
Grove City then went on a 17-2 run a stretch which included 13 consecutive points.Smith, who committed two fouls in the first quarter and was limited to just six points at the break, began to take over.
"We always talk about weathering the storm," Grove City coach Greg Waits said. "We were able to get through Jon's foul trouble and have a two-point lead at half.
"A key was that Reynoldsburg forward Reggie Walls, who had been a dominant force in the first half with 18 points, picked up four fouls in the first 1:59 of second half. Walls sat the remainder of the quarter and finished with 21 points.
"Walls is a tough player," said Smith, who added 11 rebounds and two blocked shots. "Not having him out there means a lot to them."
Reynoldsburg guard Kevin Gray scored 26 points. Ryan Cosgray had15 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for the Greyhounds.
Grove City is tied with Newark for first in the OCC-Ohio.