Jared Sullinger scored 30 points and the top-seeded Northland High School boys basketball team pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 65-46 win over Dublin Jerome in the second round of the Division I district tournament Saturday at Jonathan Alder.

Jared Sullinger scored 30 points and the top-seeded Northland High School boys basketball team pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 65-46 win over Dublin Jerome in the second round of the Division I district tournament Saturday at Jonathan Alder.

Northland trailed late in the first quarter and led by only six points at halftime as Jerome came out hot from outside. With Sullinger basically unstoppable in the post, however, Northland was able to take control in the second half.

"They came out playing really, really hard," Sullinger said. "They came out and attacked us. They were hitting all their open shots in the first half. We just had to go in and make adjustments, and we came out with a win."

Northland improved to 21-1 and will play Whetstone in a district semifinal Saturday at the Fairgrounds Coliseum. Jerome finished 5-17.

After Northland built a 12-7 lead early, Jerome hit three consecutive 3-pointers and led 18-15 with just less than a minute to play in the first quarter. Northland led 34-24 with two minutes remaining in the second quarter, but Jerome tightened it to 34-28 by half.

Jerome executed well enough in the third quarter to remain close, but in the fourth quarter the Celtics ran out of firepower as the Vikings put together a 12-0 run that put the game out of reach.

"Defense wins championships, but you also have to be able to score enough to put some offensive pressure on them," Jerome coach Chris Carlisle said. "Obviously, they turned up their defensive pressure a little bit in the second half, took us out of some of the things we were doing in the first half and we weren't able to score."

J.D. Weatherspoon added 15 points for Northland. Steven Harrell led Jerome with 16 points and Nick Neale added 11.