After a humbling 69-42 loss at Newark last Friday, the Gahanna Lincoln High School boys basketball team has re-evaluated its goals.

After a humbling 69-42 loss at Newark last Friday, the Gahanna Lincoln High School boys basketball team has re-evaluated its goals.

At practice the next day, players and coaches talked seriously about the rest of the season. After a 6-0 start, the loss to Newark dropped the Lions to 8-4 overall, with all four losses within the OCC-Ohio Division.

"We're not going to win the league," guard Stevie Taylor said.

Entering a game last Tuesday against Lancaster, Gahanna was fifth in the league. With one loss each, Grove City and Newark had a two-game advantage over the third-place team.

"It's going to come down to Newark and Grove City for the league title," coach Tony Staib said. "But we still have a lot to play for."

Gahanna has seven games left in the regular season, with four at home. It already has made its trips to Newark and Grove City, and four of the remaining seven league games are against the bottom three teams.

"We'll end with a good record if we can win most of our games," Ian Taylor said. "Although the OCC is out of reach we need to play for the tournament."

Last Friday, Newark went on a 12-0 run to end the first quarter and take a 14-point lead. It led by 21 points at the break.

"You can't get down like that against a high-quality opponent," Staib said. "We battled back a few times, but you just can't get behind early at Newark."

Four Wildcats finished in double figures, led Dane Kopp with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

"They stepped up and were ready to get us back for the game earlier in the season," said Ian Taylor, who scored 18 points. "We let them shoot without a hand in their face and the big man killed us. They outhustled us."

If there is a bright spot for Gahanna, it's this: It may be at full strength soon. Sophomore point guard Stevie Taylor, who missed the majority of the last three games before last Tuesday after suffering a high ankle sprain Jan. 9, is expected back this week.

"He won't be 100 percent, but he'll play," Staib said.

Senior guard P.T. Holliman, an expected starter who had thumb surgery before the regular season, played his first full game against Newark. Holliman was in for nearly 25 minutes, finishing with 11 points, including three 3-pointers.

"When we're healthy we can beat anybody," Staib said. "We have a great opportunity to finish strong and gain momentum for the tournament."

The team has three games remaining before the district tournament draw Feb. 8.

"I'm real confident we can get it turned around," Stevie Taylor said. "We just have to do everything right."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedule for the Gahanna Lincoln boys basketball team:

Jan. 20-- Defeated Licking Heights 68-39

*Last Friday -- Lost at Newark 69-47. Gahanna shot just 26 percent from the field in the first half.

*Last Tuesday -- Played Lancaster

*Friday -- Home vs. Pickerington Central. Gahanna won 88-64 on Dec. 19.

*Tuesday -- At Pickerington North. Gahanna lost 66-63 on Dec. 23.

Wednesday -- Home vs. Mifflin

Of note: The Lions were 8-4 overall and 3-4 in the OCC-Ohio before last Tuesday.

*OCC-Ohio game