In what likely will be one of the this season's least aesthetically pleasing Division I district tournament games, the Gahanna High School boys basketball team scratched out a 56-42 victory over Westland on Tuesday at Harvest Preparatory School.

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"That was probably one of the worst games we've played this year," Gahanna senior Ian Taylor said. "We were just lucky enough to come away with the win."

By posting its ninth consecutive victory, Gahanna improved to 17-4 and advanced to play Teays Valley on Friday at Harvest Prep. The Vikings defeated Tri-Valley 60-44 in the first game of the night.

Both teams seemed desperate to push the ball up the floor early in the game, but neither could find a rhythm. In the first two quarters, turnovers and loose balls seemed to outnumber made field goals Gahanna led 28-23 at the break.

The Lions found more easy points in transition in the second half and opened the third quarter with a 10-2 run to push the lead to 38-25. Westland, which closed at 6-15, could not pull closer than seven points the rest of the way.

"Westland's very scrappy and very physical," Gahanna coach Tony Saib said. "It wasn't the prettiest of games. We'll take it and move on."

Gahanna's Stevie Taylor led all scorers with 18 points. Ian Taylor added 10.

One of the bright spots for the Lions was their defense of Westland standout Anthony Jackson. Guarded in large part by Kevin Brandenberg, Jackson was held to 11 points, less than half of his season average of 22.5.

"Our goal was to make him work for everything," Staib said. "Kevin is a very good defender and loves the challenge."

Westland coach Todd Parker said he was disappointed with the way his team came out of the halftime locker room.

"We turned it over a couple times there right at the beginning of the third quarter. They're a good team, and they were about to turn them into points. Kudos to them, but we need to handle the ball better."