Mike Moler had no misconceptions about his Dublin Scioto High School boys basketball team following an 83-15 rout of Cleveland Northeast Ohio College Prep on Jan. 11.
The victory snapped an eight-game losing streak for the Irish, but the first-year coach said his team still has much room for improvement.
"I told (the players) at halftime (with a 43-7 lead) to keep running our offense and go out and have some fun," said Moler, whose team is 2-10 overall and 0-7 in the OCC-Cardinal Division.
"When you lose eight in a row, you still need to have fun. It's great to get that win, but you have to keep the big picture in mind."
Nick Pothoven had 12 points to lead the Irish, who had five players score in double figures. Scott Berg and Zac Brown both had 11 points and Nate Mielke and Kalib Wallace both scored 10. Derek Scott had a team-high eight rebounds.
The Irish were 28-for-46 (60.9 percent) from the field while Northeast was just 6-for-20 (30 percent) and had 34 turnovers.
"We need to keep getting better," Moler said. "We didn't win the first time around in the league, but we weren't far off. We need to work hard, especially with a young group of guys like this who don't have a lot of varsity experience."
Scioto begins the second round of OCC-Cardinal play Friday. Jan. 17, at Westerville Central. The Irish lost to the Warhawks 67-49 on Dec. 7.
Scioto lost to Canal Winchester 40-35 in a league game Jan. 10 after falling to league-rival Hilliard Bradley 55-51 on Jan. 7.
Pothoven had 17 points, including five 3-pointers, and Brown scored 12 against Canal Winchester. Against Bradley, Pothoven and Wallace both scored 12 and Elyjah Nelson scored 11.
"They are great guys and they will keep working hard, but we have had a lack of consistency," Moler said. "It's a new season every night. Hopefully, we can get more wins the second time around (the league)."
Shamrocks hoping to learn from loss
Coffman was 9-1 overall and 5-1 in the OCC-Central before playing Hilliard Davidson on Jan. 14.
The Shamrocks, who were ranked sixth in the Division I state poll last week, entered the game against the Wildcats looking to rebound from a 43-40 loss to host Upper Arlington in league play Jan. 10.
"I think within the game, our guys really grew up," coach Jamey Collins said. "We have a young group who had never been in a game like that, and it showed. I think this can help us."
Luke Vargo had 13 points to lead the Shamrocks, who had won 11 of their previous 15 games against UA since the 2006-07 season. Antoine Smith added six points.
"Even if we had won (against UA), we would have had no delusions about ourselves," Collins said. "We know we still have a lot of work to do to get better. We were making mental mistakes that can cost you, and it did."
Nate Axelrod had 13 points to lead the Shamrocks to a 50-43 league win over Olentangy Liberty on Jan. 8 at home. Vargo had 10 points and Nate Vollmer scored seven.
Celtics handed first two league losses
Jerome was 5-4 overall before playing Delaware on Jan. 14 and is 4-2 in the OCC-Cardinal.
The Celtics head into their game Friday, Jan. 17, at home against Hilliard Bradley looking to get back on track in league play after back-to-back losses to host Westerville South (84-67 on Jan. 8) and visiting Westerville Central (77-75 in overtime Jan. 10). Jerome defeated Bradley 58-42 on Dec. 30.
Mason Baich had a team-high 25 points against Central, as Seve Stavroff (14), Connor Kerns (12) and Colton Irion (10) also scored in double figures. Baich had 31 points and Kerns added 19 against South.