After what coach Jamey Collins called a disappointing home loss to Canton McKinley on Feb. 1, the Dublin Coffman High School boys basketball team refocused its attention on winning the OCC-Central Division.
The Shamrocks played Westland on Feb. 4, looking to bounce back from a 51-47 overtime loss to McKinley.
Coffman was 13-3 overall and 8-2 in the league entering its contest against the Cougars.
"There's nothing we can do about it," Collins said of the loss. "It's unfortunate. We'll lick our wounds and see if we can heal them a little bit."
Upper Arlington led the league at 9-1 before playing Marysville on Feb. 4, and Olentangy Liberty was third at 8-3 before playing Hilliard Davidson that same night.
Coffman visits Liberty on Friday, Feb. 7, looking for a regular-season sweep of the Patriots. The Shamrocks won 50-43 on Jan. 8 at home.
Coffman plays host to Thomas Worthington on Saturday, Feb. 8, in a game that was postponed Jan. 28 because of bad weather.
It then plays host to UA on Feb. 14 in its league finale.
Against McKinley, Coffman scored just 18 points in the second half and overtime.
The Shamrocks took their final lead at 47-46 on Luke Vargo's 3-pointer with 3 minutes, 1 second left in overtime. Marcellus Pittman's steal and layup gave the Bulldogs the lead for good at 48-47.
After a Paul Ortiz free throw with 8.1 seconds remaining, Coffman had a chance to win the game or force a second overtime. However, Bryce Short stole the ball from Vargo at midcourt and scored on an uncontested layup as time expired.
Seth Fuller led Coffman with 14 points and Vargo scored 13. The Shamrocks made nine 3-pointers and the Bulldogs made none. Pittman scored 15 points to pace McKinley, which was 8-10 entering the week.
"These are games where you look back and say we wish we would have (done) this and that," Collins said. "There's so many little things that we didn't execute very well. We just shot the ball so poorly. It's tough to win games when you're shooting (31) percent."
Coffman won a league game at Central Crossing 88-36 on Jan. 31. Vargo scored 15 points, Fuller had 14, Noah Gleason scored 13 and C.J. Saunders added 11.
Jerome loses close contest at North
Jerome was looking to bounce back from a 60-56 loss at Westerville North on Feb. 1 when it played Canal Winchester on Feb. 4.
The Celtics were 8-9 overall and 7-3 in the OCC-Cardinal.
Mason Baich scored a game-high 25 points to lead Jerome against North. Colton Irion added 13.
Led by Seve Stavroff's four 3-pointers and 18 points, the Celtics defeated Scioto 59-44 on Jan. 31 at home.
"Two league games in less than 24 hours is tough," coach Jamie Pearson said. "Our kids played really hard and competed both nights. We had a rivalry game with Scioto and traveled to Westerville North. We battled (the Warriors), but we struggled to rebound like we needed to against (them). They are an athletic, experienced and big team."
Jerome entered the week third in the league behind Westerville Central (10-1) and Westerville South (9-2).
Scioto plans to 'keep grinding'
Scioto was 2-15 overall and 0-11 in the OCC-Cardinal before playing Hilliard Darby on Feb. 4.
The Irish play host to Hilliard Bradley on Friday, Feb. 7, in a league game.
In their loss to Jerome, Zac Brown scored 15 points and Nick Pothoven had 11.
Scioto lost at home to Westerville South 59-24 on Feb. 1.
The Irish fell behind 12-0 and 21-4 before cutting the deficit to nine points midway through the second quarter, but South built its lead to 31-15 at halftime. Andrew McKinley led Scioto with nine points.
"You just have to try to keep them working hard, that's all you can do at this point," coach Mike Moler said. "Losing takes its toll. No one likes to lose -- players, coaches, parents. It can beat you down. You just have to keep grinding, that's the only thing I know to do."