The Dublin Scioto High School boys basketball team tightened its grip on first place in the OCC-Cardinal Division on Tuesday by edging host Westerville South 47-45.

The Dublin Scioto High School boys basketball team tightened its grip on first place in the OCC-Cardinal Division on Tuesday by edging host Westerville South 47-45.

The Irish improved to 13-1 overall and 9-0 in OCC-Cardinal play. The second-place Wildcats fell to 10-4 and 7-2.

Scioto senior Rainer Duzan was a consistent offensive threat all night and hit a free throw with 33.8 seconds remaining for the game's final points. Duzan led Scioto with 17 points, including three 3-pointers. Marco St. John added 10 and Bradley McDougald nine.

"(Rainer) was patient enough to wait for his opportunity and when he saw his openings, he took them and he was very aggressive tonight," Scioto coach Tony Bisutti said. "When Rainer is very aggressive and plays like that, we're a pretty good team."

Duzan said he didn't feel any pressure to make big shots with the game on the line, especially at the free-throw line.

"We've been used to close games recently. We practice this stuff everyday and I stepped up and hit one."

Scioto's intensity on defense ultimately won the game.

With just over 30 seconds left in regulation, South had one final possession but missed on all three shots.

After attempting to isolate the Scioto defense, the Wildcats' Jason Davis misfired on two jumpers, one a 3-pointer. Sophomore Traevon Jackson secured one of two offensive rebounds on the possession, but his jump shot was too strong. Davis, who has been a consistent scorer for the Wildcats all season, was held to just three points. Jackson led South with 19 points and five rebounds and sophomore Ben Jones added 11 points.

South coach Ed Calo said the game was there for the taking, but a lack of balance on offense was critical.

"We feel badly that we let a game get away from us, but we just didn't make the plays that we needed to make," Calo said. "If you only have two guys that can make plays, than you're easy to defend."