While several teams throughout central Ohio -- and particularly in Licking County -- canceled games Tuesday because of bad weather, the Newark High School boys basketball team was up to its usual defensive toughness at Reynoldsburg.

While several teams throughout central Ohio -- and particularly in Licking County -- canceled games Tuesday because of bad weather, the Newark High School boys basketball team was up to its usual defensive toughness at Reynoldsburg.

The Wildcats held their fifth consecutive opponent below 50 points and found just enough offense after a rough opening quarter to win 49-43 in an OCC-Ohio Division game.

Rhalin Watson went 6-for-6 from the free-throw line over the final 51.2 seconds and scored 17 points to lead Newark, which improves to 12-2 overall and 7-1 in the league. Ryan Dierks and Cody Dennison both scored 13.

The Wildcats fell behind 16-6 after one quarter but took a 24-22 lead into halftime and led for all but three minutes of the second half.

"We got some stops and didn't allow them to get into their press," coach Jeff Quackenbush said of his team's play after the opening quarter. "We were able to get into our offense and our kids did a nice job of getting to their spots, which was important because our kids weren't going to out-quick them."

After the Raiders scored six consecutive points to take a 37-36 lead early in the fourth quarter, they hit just 2-for-12 shooting during the game's remainder, including three misses in the final 20.1 seconds.

Kevin Gray scored 16 points but Reggie Walls -- who entered the game averaging 17.3 points -- was limited to eight.

Reynoldsburg, which slipped to 9-5 overall, likely is out of the OCC-Ohio title race at 5-4.

"We did a nice job with our quickness, but we didn't finish a lot of shots," Raiders coach Chris Rider said. "Reggie didn't play one of his better games. Good teams like them find a way to win. I still think we're a good team."