The Westerville North High School boys basketball team disproved the notion that it is difficult to beat an opponent three times in a season.

The Westerville North High School boys basketball team disproved the notion that it is difficult to beat an opponent three times in a season.

The Warriors defeated Olentangy twice during the regular season in OCC-Cardinal Division play and had no trouble in the third matchup, winning 65-41 in the first round of the Division I district tournament Tuesday at Olentangy Orange.

North improved to 11-10 and advanced to play eighth-seeded Westerville South in the second round at 6:15 p.m. Friday at Orange. The Wildcats swept the regular-season meetings with the Warriors, winning 46-42 on Jan. 6 and 53-49 on Feb. 6.

Olentangy, which lost five of its last six games and 10 of its last 13, finished 9-12.

The Warriors had beaten the Braves 52-42 on Jan. 16 and 54-51 last Friday.

"I was extremely pleased with the way we came out and defended," North coach Kevin Thuman said. "Even though we won (last Friday), they did what they wanted to do. Tonight we put more pressure on them in the half court."

Olentangy scored the first five points but North closed the first quarter on an 18-2 run. Leading by nine points midway through the second quarter, the Warriors went on a 35-13 run to open a 31-point lead late in the third quarter.

"That's about as well as we've played all year," Thuman said. "We defended the half-court, we were running the floor and we were knocking down shots. Tonight we were fortunate to do all three of those things."

Guard Jacob Thuman led the Warriors with a season-high 23 points, making six 3-pointers. Post player Ralph Hill added 17 points. Guard Dayjon Baugh and post player Raphael Carter-Nowling each scored nine points to lead the Braves.

"We've been struggling to score," Olentangy coach Chris Kelly said. "I felt we got pretty good looks, but sometimes they just don't go in. Obviously, Westerville North hit some great shots. When the other team is hitting its shots and you're struggling to hit yours, it can make for a long night."