The Dublin Scioto High School boys basketball team gets another shot at Olentangy Liberty when the teams meet in the second round of the Division I district tournament at 6 p.m. Friday, March 2, at Reynoldsburg.

The Dublin Scioto High School boys basketball team gets another shot at Olentangy Liberty when the teams meet in the second round of the Division I district tournament at 6 p.m. Friday, March 2, at Reynoldsburg.

The Irish lost both meetings in OCC-Cardinal Division play, falling 59-53 on Jan. 3 and 49-37 on Feb. 7, as the Patriots went on to win the league championship.

Liberty, which is seeded third in the district and had a first-round bye, is 18-2.

"You know the old adage that it's tough to beat someone three times, but personally I would rather have beaten someone twice going into the game than have lost to them twice," Liberty coach Greg Nossaman said. "They know us and we know them, and we have to go out at 6 o'clock on Friday and do it again."

"Having played each other twice, I'm assuming both teams will have a lot of new stuff to throw at each other," Irish guard Josh Ashwill said. "With us having a week to practice, I know the coaches are going to have us ready."

Scioto, which improved to 11-10 with a 54-44 victory over New Albany in the first round of the tournament on Feb. 23, was 0-for-12 from 3-point range in its most recent loss to Liberty. The Irish trailed 26-17 at halftime but cut their deficit to 38-33 with an 8-0 run in the fourth quarter. However, the Patriots secured the win from the free-throw line.

Nick Archer, a 6-foot-8 post player, led Liberty with 18 points and 6-3 guard Jake Bischoff scored 11.

"I think we've got to knock down some shots because they're a very big team," wing player Ryan Duncan said of the Patriots. "All of them are about 6-foot-3 or taller. We've just got to get into position and make sure we box out."

"Their length is a concern," coach Tony Bisutti said. "We looked unenthused and uninspired in that last game. Yet with two minutes left, it was a close game. Archer got off to a good start on us. We've got to be creative at the offensive end and be smart with things and make a few shots."

The second-round winner plays 11th-seeded Gahanna or Dublin Coffman in a district semifinal at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, at Reynoldsburg. The district final will be played at 3 p.m. March 10 at the Fairgrounds Coliseum.

Gahanna improved to 15-6 with a 71-44 win over Lancaster in the first round Feb. 25. Aaron Jackson, a 6-foot-6 guard/forward, led the Lions with 19 points and 6-2 guard Austin Rutherford scored 11.

Coffman defeated Hilliard Bradley 69-50 in the first round Feb. 25 to improve to 13-7. Forward Kevin Marsh led the Shamrocks with 19 points and forward Jason Hall added 14 points and 13 rebounds.

Scioto has not played Gahanna or Coffman this season. The Irish are 3-2 all-time against the Shamrocks, with their last win coming during the 2007-08 season.

Scioto shot 46 percent from the field against New Albany and outrebounded the Eagles 30-29.

Guard Antonio Bisutti led the Irish with 13 points and six rebounds. Duncan had nine points and Ashwill scored eight, going 6-for-6 from the free-throw line.

New Albany finished 12-9.

"We're still not executing great with the scheme of our offense once we're in the half court, but we're making what I like to call something out of nothing," coach Bisutti said.