The Delaware Christian School boys basketball team created some space between the top half and lower half of the MOCAL standings last week.

The Delaware Christian School boys basketball team created some space between the top half and lower half of the MOCAL standings last week.

Now, the Eagles will take aim at tightening the chase at the top when they play host to Tree of Life on Saturday, Feb. 4.

"It's a big game for us because we still have our goals in front of us," first-year coach Matt Moore said. "Plus, we have never beaten Tree of Life at home from what I'm told."

Delaware Christian lost the first-round league meeting 46-44 on Jan. 10.

"They're starting lineup goes 6-5, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 and 6-foot, so they have great size and present us with some matchup trouble," Moore said. "Plus, in that (first) game their 2-2-1 trapping press bothered us. But that was the first time we saw that defense. Now, we've seen it at least three times, and we handled it well against Grove City Christian (in a 72-69, double-overtime win Jan. 24). So we'll see how things go this time."

Delaware Christian improved to 9-3 overall and 6-2 in the MOCAL with the win over Grove City Christian and a 61-58 win over Gahanna Christian on Jan. 21. The Eagles played a league game against Granville Christian on Jan. 27.

Through the games of Jan. 24, Fairfield Christian led the league at 6-0 and Tree of Life was second (7-1) ahead of Delaware Christian. Rounding out the standings were Gahanna Christian (4-4), Granville Christian (2-5), Grove City Christian (1-6) and Madison Christian (0-8).

Against Grove City Christian, Ryan Zinn led the Eagles with 19 points, four assists and seven steals. Austin Roden had 14 points and seven rebounds on his 16th birthday. Jeffrey Copley had 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Luke McGrath also had 10 rebounds.

"We outrebounded them by 14 and we had 12 steals, so we had extra possessions to make up for shooting 38 percent from the field while they shot 48 percent," Moore said. "Austin Roden is playing some excellent basketball right now and Ryan Zinn continues to play well. Jeffrey Copley played a great game for an undersized power forward, but he just has that heart to get in there and do it."

Against Gahanna Christian, Jeremy Glick had 18 points and 12 rebounds and Roden scored 12 points.

"We're playing good ball, but we want to peak close to tournament time," Moore said. "What I like is that we can go 10-deep like we did against Grove City (Christian)."

•The girls team avenged a 33-27 loss to Granville Christian on Dec. 20 by winning the rematch 38-18 on Jan. 20.

The Eagles were third in the MOCAL at 5-4 before playing Tree of Life (7-0) on Jan. 28. Fairfield Christian was second at 5-2.

"The district tournament draw is Feb. 5 and we have three of our toughest opponents right before that," coach Jackie Boggs said. "We've got to start putting together longer stretches of good, fundamental basketball."

The Eagles return to league play Tuesday, Jan. 31, at Fairfield Christian.

"I think Fairfield Christian is the best team in the league, even though Tree of Life is unbeaten," Boggs said. "They are solid at every position."

Haley Kirby had 14 points and four steals and Brenna McCullough had 12 points and 15 rebounds against Granville Christian. Sarah Harp had six steals.

Delaware Christian beat Mansfield Temple Christian 49-37 on Jan. 24 as Kirby had 22 points, seven rebounds and six steals. McCullough had 10 points and 15 rebounds. Sarah Harp had five assists and Emily Kirkham had eight rebounds.