Kenny DeBoer and Brad Nettles each scored 17 points Friday to lead the Westerville North High School boys basketball team past Westerville South 62-49 in the second round of the Division I district tournament at Olentangy Orange.

Kenny DeBoer and Brad Nettles each scored 17 points Friday to lead the Westerville North High School boys basketball team past Westerville South 62-49 in the second round of the Division I district tournament at Olentangy Orange.

The Warriors improved to 12-10 and advanced to play ninth-seeded Gahanna in a district semifinal at 7 p.m. March 7 in the Fairgrounds Coliseum.
South finished the season at 16-5.

Adrian Collins gave the Wildcats their lone lead of the night with a layup with 6 minutes, 43 seconds remaining in the opening period. Nettles followed with a banked 3-pointer from the right corner with 6:25 left in the first to give his team the lead for good.

North led 17-7 when DeBoer hit a 3-pointer with 2:05 remaining in the quarter.

"I think the key was coming out and getting a lead," said North coach Kevin Thuman, whose team lost twice to South during the regular season - 46-42 on Jan. 6 and 53-49 on Feb. 6.

"We got behind quickly in the first two times we played them. This time we came out with confidence and we stayed focused and ran our offense."

Olumide Olanrewaju hit a short jumper with 5:00 remaining in the second period as South cut the deficit to 23-18. But North finished the half on a 9-2 run and never allowed the Wildcats to get closer than eight in the second half.

"I think we had a lot more confidence than we did from the first two times we played," said Nettles, who had four assists. "We had good practices all week and came in focused and ready to play.

"They had great focus and a great gameplan," South coach Ed Calo said. "They excelled at what they do. They were well-prepared and executed well."

The Warriors won the rebounding battle 30-21 led by 14 from Ralph Hill and five from DeBoer, who also had three assists. Hill scored 12 points and Jacob Thuman added eight points as North was 23 of 42 shooting for 54.8 percent.

The Wildcats had two players in double figures. Jason Davis had 19 points with three 3-pointers and Traevon Jackson also had 19 points with two 3s. Collins and Olanrewaju both had four points for South, which was 19 for 49 shooting for 38.8 percent.