Using a 19-6 second quarter advantage, the Reynoldsburg High School boys basketball team defeated St. Charles 63-53 in the first round of the Division I district tournament Wednesday at Olentangy Orange.

Using a 19-6 second quarter advantage, the Reynoldsburg High School boys basketball team defeated St. Charles 63-53 in the first round of the Division I district tournament Wednesday at Olentangy Orange.

The Raiders improved to 13-8 and will play Walnut Ridge or Hilliard Davidson in the second round at 8 p.m. Saturday at Orange. The Cardinals closed the season at 7-14.

"We came out and established our inside game early. (St. Charles) did a nice job of competing tonight. We didn't play our best tonight," Reynoldsburg coach Chris Rider said. "It was an ugly win, but it's a tournament win. We'll take it and go back to work tomorrow."

Tied at 13 near the end of the first quarter, the Raiders went on a 21-6 run to take a 34-19 halftime lead. The key to the Raiders' success during the second quarter was their inside game as they outrebounded the Cardinals 24-13 in the first half and 40-19 for the game.

"We went to a full-court defense in the second quarter and raised our intensity level," Rider said. "The full-court approach led to us pressing the tempo of the game for the rest of the half. Our big guys were also able to get a lot of rebounds during that stretch."

Led by Dane McLaughlin and Jourdan Wickliffe, St. Charles started the second half with a 14-4 run to cut the lead to 38-33 with just over three minutes remaining. After a 13-5 run put Reynoldsburg back in command at 51-38, the Cardinals again rallied with a 13-5 spurt to cut the deficit to 56-51 with 1:13 left.

"I thought our guys played their tails off, but Reynoldsburg did what they had to do in order to win," St. Charles coach Pat Dimmick said. "They're athletic. We were boxing them out, but they were still able to get some key put-backs on us. But we battled and I'm proud of our guys."

Reynoldsburg put the game away in the final minute with five free throw conversions and a pair of baskets by Reggie Walls and Kevin Gray.
Walls led the Raiders with 20 points, followed by Gray (13) and Vaughn Spalding (12).

McLaughlin led the Cardinals with 20 points, and Wickliffe added 11 points.

"Our strength is getting the ball inside, which we were able to do to get most of our points tonight," said Walls, scored nine points in the second quarter. "It also allowed us to get a big advantage on the free-throw line."

Reynoldsburg made 16 of 27 free-throw attempts, and the Cardinals were 3-for-8.