Following two consecutive OCC-Cardinal Division victories by a combined three points, the Dublin Scioto High School boys basketball team looked somewhat relieved Friday as it held a 13-point lead at the end of the third quarter.

Following two consecutive OCC-Cardinal Division victories by a combined three points, the Dublin Scioto High School boys basketball team looked somewhat relieved Friday as it held a 13-point lead at the end of the third quarter.

But the Irish had to survive a couple of scares before putting away Westerville North 51-34 to improve to 14-1 overall and 10-0 in the league. The Irish have won 32 consecutive league games.


"There were certainly some moments where they made their runs," Scioto coach Tony Bisutti said. "To be honest, I thought the game went just like I thought it would. We knew they would try to be methodical and get the ball to (Ralph) Hill as much as they could."


Hill led all scorers with 21 points and added five rebounds and three blocks.


The Warriors, who dropped to 7-6 overall and 5-5 in the league, made a run with about four minutes left in the third quarter when Hill hit a 3-pointer and made back-to-back free throws to close within 32-26. The Irish answered with a 7-0 run to finish the quarter.


"I thought we did a good job of fighting back," North coach Kevin Thuman said. "We switched up to a zone and kind of slowed the tempo down a little bit, but we had too many turnovers. Their offense is good enough, but when we throw them the basketball we just couldn't overcome that."


North, which trailed 17-7 at the end of the first quarter, finished with 17 turnovers.


"We want to come out fast because that can really do a lot to motivate us on the court," said Bradley McDougald, who led Scioto with 15 points. "It's tough to come back if you fall too far behind early."