Dublin Villager

Boys Basketball

Coffman, Jerome to meet for first time

The Dublin Coffman and Jerome high school boys basketball teams will meet for the first time when they open the Division I district tournament at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at Coffman.

The seventh-seeded Shamrocks are 16-4 overall and went 12-2 in the OCC-Central Division to finish second behind Olentangy Liberty (13-1).

The 32nd-seeded Celtics were 6-14 overall and 4-9 in the OCC-Cardinal before playing league champion Westerville North on Feb. 19.

"I think we're ready for the tournament," Coffman coach Jamey Collins said. "(Our players) like to play, so I can't imagine that they wouldn't be, but you never know."

The Coffman-Jerome winner plays at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, against 16th-seeded Grove City or 33rd-seeded Hilliard Davidson in the second round at the home of the better seed.

Grove City is 14-8 and Davidson is 5-17. Neither team has played Jerome this season, but in OCC-Central play, Coffman defeated Davidson 62-46 on Dec. 7 and 73-50 on Jan. 18.

The second-round winner plays fifth-seeded Dublin Scioto, 10th-seeded Pickerington Central or 14th-seeded Delaware at 8 p.m. March 6 in a district semifinal at Pickerington North.

Coffman finished the regular season by defeating host Upper Arlington 62-53 on Feb. 15 as forward Jason Hall and guard Josh Morrow each scored 16 points.

Jerome defeated visiting Westerville Central 56-53 on Feb. 15. Senior post player Kyle Christman had 20 points with four 3-pointers and freshman guard Mason Baich scored 14 points.

Christman scored 13 points in a 43-38 win over visiting Granville on Feb. 12. Baich and junior forward Connor Kerns both added nine points.

--Scott Hennen and Frank DiRenna