It didn't take long for the Newark Catholic High School boys basketball team to put the regular season behind it.

It didn't take long for the Newark Catholic High School boys basketball team to put the regular season behind it.


Coming off a 46-43 loss in the finale last Friday at Granville that cost the Green Wave a share of the MSL-Ohio Division title, James Moerman led four players in double figures during a 79-31 victory over Delaware Christian in a Division IV first-round tournament game on Tuesday at Newark.


"We had to put it behind us, and that's what we did," junior forward Kevin Cox said. "We've turned the page and moved on now."


The top-seeded Green Wave improved to 17-4 and advanced to play Mount Vernon Academy on Saturday at Delaware. Delaware Christian finished 2-19, and the game took only 65 minutes to complete.


"We were able to get everyone involved and let them enjoy the tournament atmosphere," Newark Catholic coach Drew Meister said. "We told the boys this is the kind of game they earned against a lower seed because of how they played during the (regular) season, losing that last one or not."


Cox added 15 points for the Green Wave while Andy Vernau added 12 and Chris Leibold had 11. Brandon Carroll scored 14 points for Delaware Christian, which trailed 20-8 after the first quarter and 40-13 at the half.