The Westerville South High School boys basketball team beat host Westerville Central 67-52 on Friday.
The Westerville South High School boys basketball team beat host Westerville Central67-52 on Friday.
South improved to 10-3 overall and 7-1 in the OCC-Cardinal Division, one game behind first-place Dublin Scioto. Central's six-game winning streak ended as it dropped to 8-4 and 4-4.
The Warhawks had a 9-0 lead two minutes into the game before South rallied to close within 16-12 after one quarter and then tied the game at the half at 29.
The Wildcats outscored Central 17-10 in the third quarter to grab a 46-39 lead and then held off a late charge.
Central closed to within 54-50 on Max VanMeter's inside basket with 3:15 remaining, butJason Davis hit a 3-pointer 30 seconds later to help the Wildcats regain command.
Davisscored 14 points followed by Traevon Jackson with 11 and Ben Jones and Olumide Olanrewaju with 10.
"(Central is) a really good team and that's what makes it special," South coach Ed Calo said. "They're right in the thick of things. They have been playing in the last couple of weeks better than us against a lot of people. To win in somebody's house and against a quality opponent in a league that you're trying to fight for it's a big win for us. We're really pleased with this one."
VanMeter led the Warhawks with 18 points before fouling out with 2:15 remaining. Jerrell Fernandez scored 17 points.
"League-wise this hurt us, Westerville-wise it hurt us, but South played well tonight," Central coach Todd Minney said. "They shot the ball well. They counteracted our size with their speed. I thought they were solid and prepared."