The Dublin Coffman High School boys basketball team enters the second half of the season looking for an OCC-Central Division title.
Coach Jamey Collins, however, realizes his team will need to remain consistent if it plans to win the league and advance in the postseason.
After starting 6-0, the Shamrocks split their next four games heading into their league game at Hilliard Davidson on Friday, Jan. 18.
Coffman defeated Davidson 62-46 on Dec. 7.
"I was real happy with our guys and proud of our guys," Collins said of his team's 67-54 win over Upper Arlington on Jan. 11.
"We're just trying to maintain that consistency. It's just something we're battling a little bit right now, and we're playing good teams, too. ... We're just trying to get a little more consistency night in and night out."
Perrysburg handed visiting Coffman its first loss, 82-57 on Dec. 29. After defeating Westland 70-64 on Jan. 4, the Shamrocks lost to host Olentangy Liberty 60-51.
The Shamrocks bounced back to defeat visiting UA to improve to 6-1 in the league. Forward Jason Hall scored 16 points, guard Tyrel Jackson scored 15 and forward Kevin Marsh scored 14.
"It's always a good win," Jackson said of beating UA. "We've had a pretty good rivalry in my four years. It was a must because Olentangy Liberty left a bad taste in our mouth. We played soft. We had to step it up because it just wasn't a good game for us."
Coffman and Liberty are tied for first in the league at 6-1, ahead of Westland (5-2), Thomas Worthington (4-3), UA (4-3), Marysville (2-5), Davidson (1-6) and Central Crossing (0-7).
Liberty's loss came against Westland 70-62 on Dec. 21.
Coffman will play host to Liberty on Feb. 8.
Against Perrysburg, the Shamrocks trailed 44-24 at halftime. Marsh scored 18 points and guard Nate Axelrod scored 15.
The 82 points is the most Coffman has allowed in Collins' 11 seasons. The previous high came in an 81-52 loss to Grove City in a Division I district final in 2009.
Hall leads the team in scoring at 14.7 points per game. Marsh is averaging 12.3 points, and Axelrod is averaging 10.2.
Hall also is averaging 7.5 rebounds, and forward Hayden Dygert is averaging 7.4.
Girls team faces test in Davidson
First place in the OCC-Central will be on the line when the girls team plays host to Davidson on Friday, Jan. 18.
The Wildcats handed Coffman its league loss, defeating the visiting Shamrocks 42-20 on Dec. 7.
"Davidson has historically been a Coffman rival," coach Bryan Patton said. "It's going to be fun. I know the last time we played them we played real poorly. The dominoes kind of fell all that night on the wrong side for us. I know our girls are excited. They have a good team. They're big and they have (point guard) Lauren Bates, who is a really good player, and they have some other girls that can do some things for them."
Davidson leads the league at 8-0, ahead of Coffman (7-1), Liberty (5-3), UA (4-4), Central Crossing (3-5), Westland (3-5), Thomas (2-6) and Marysville (0-8). The Shamrocks are 12-1 overall.
"The girls are playing well," Patton said. "They're playing with a lot of confidence. As a group, they're very fun to be around because they like each other and they support each other."
Coffman defeated Liberty 53-43 on Jan. 8 and UA 60-23 on Jan. 11. Against Liberty, guard Kamerine Taylor hit four 3-pointers and scored a career-high 21 points. Forward/center Sade Olatoye had 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Against UA, Olatoye scored 15 points and forward Griffin Tullis scored 10.
"It was a good week," Patton said. "We had a good week of practice and paid attention to some of the things that we need to do to try to win."