Max VanMeter scored eight of his 20 points in the fourth quarter Tuesday to help the Westerville Central High School boys basketball team defeat host Westerville North 64-57 in an OCC-Cardinal Division game.

Max VanMeter scored eight of his 20 points in the fourth quarter Tuesday to help the Westerville Central High School boys basketball team defeat host Westerville North 64-57 in an OCC-Cardinal Division game.

The Warhawks moved to 9-4 overall and 5-4 in league play as North fell to 7-5 and 5-4.

Central led 28-27 at halftime, but VanMeter and Solomon Brown hit 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions in the first 1 minute, 22 seconds of the third period to take a 35-29 lead. Then the Warhawks tightened their defense, allowing only three baskets to North in the third to take a 44-36 edge entering the final period.

"Solo hit the 3 and then Max came off the transition and hit his 3 to really get us going," said Central coach Todd Minney, whose team was 6-for-11 on 3-point attempts as compared to 1-for-18 for the Warriors. "And then our defensive intensity in the third period was incredible. We wanted to not let Ralph Hill get hot and keep Jake (Thuman) from getting a good look at the basket on 3s and we were able to do that to in some respect."

Thuman made four 3-pointers as part of his 18 points for North in a 45-40 win last Friday over Dublin Jerome. He did not make a 3 and finished with two points, six rebounds and four assists against Central.

Hill got hot in the fourth period, scoring 15 of his 32 points in the final quarter to help the Warriors pull within four points with 1:43 remaining. But Central was 5-for-6 on free throws in the final 1:06 to secure the win.

"Central played great defense after we pretty much had our way with them in the first game," said North coach Kevin Thuman, whose team won the first meeting 85-77 on Dec. 12. "We just weren't patient on offense and didn't do a good job of finishing our plays."

The Warhawks got a boost in the final seconds of the first quarter when Solomon Brown hit a 75-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer, standing near his own bench. The shot have Central a 17-13 edge entering the second.

VanMeter had nine rebounds and three assists to go with his 20 points for Central and Jerrell Fernandez added 17 points with three 3-pointers, six assists and three steals. Brown scored nine points with two 3s and two assists and both Troy Devereaux and Nick Vannett had five rebounds.

Hill also had 13 rebounds, seven blocked shots, two steals and two assists. Brad Nettles had 10 points with three assists and Kenny DeBoer added eight points with four rebounds.