The Westerville Central High School boys basketball team pulled away in the final quarter to beat Marysville 73-50 on Friday.

The Westerville Central High School boys basketball team pulled away in the final quarter to beatMarysville 73-50 on Friday.

The Warhawks improve to 10-4 overall and 6-4 in the OCC-Cardinal Division, and the Monarchs fell to 2-11 and 0-9.


Marysville trailed 14-9 after one quarter before the Warhawks pushed the margin to 34-18 at the break.


Central led by as many as 21 points early in the third quarter before Marysville closed to eight points three times in the fourth.


Central outscored Marysville 22-7 over the final 5:30.


The Warhawks' Jerrell Fernandez scored a game-high 21 points, followed by Trey Devereaux (11) and Max VanMeter (10).


"We didn't play super stellar, especially in the third quarter," Central coach Todd Minney said. "I thought we went soft defensively in the third quarter. I don't think we played a great defensive game all the way around. We did a decent job on the boards. I told the kids after the game that they should be a little bit disappointed because they didn't play their best game."


Mike Romesburg led the Monarchs with 16 points, andMichael Waite added 15.


"I feel so sick to my stomach," Marysville coach Ken Chaffin said. "I don't feel like the scoreboard does our basketball team any kind of justice. My hat is off to Westerville Central. They really finished well. They played a great game, but I don't feel like in any way that was a 23-point game. The kids showed a tremendous amount of passion in the game. I feel like the scoreboard robs them of the progress they made tonight."