The Gahanna Lincoln High School boys basketball team rolled to a 77-55 win over Grove City last Saturday in an OCC-Ohio Division contest to improve to 20-0 overall. It is the first time the Lions have posted that regular-season mark.

The Gahanna Lincoln High School boys basketball team rolled to a 77-55 win over Grove City last Saturday in an OCC-Ohio Division contest to improve to 20-0 overall. It is the first time the Lions have posted that regular-season mark.

"It means a lot to us," senior forward Sam Bott said. "Even the (2009) boys state champion soccer team had a tie on their record. To do something nobody else at Gahanna has ever done feels good."

Coach Tony Staib said the players and coaching staff sensed from the outset that this could be a special season.

"You take a look at any sport, and to beat everyone on your schedule just doesn't happen very often," said Staib, whose team finished 14-0 in the OCC-Ohio. "To be 20-0 is just a huge accomplishment for this team and our program."

Senior guard Rob Brandenberg thought an undefeated regular season was possible after Gahanna posted back-to-back wins over Cleveland Heights and Huber Heights Wayne -- two quality programs from outside the area -- early in the season. The Lions defeated Cleveland Heights 61-56 on Dec. 28 and Wayne 74-71 on Dec. 31.

"After that, we felt like on paper we should beat every other team," Brandenberg said.

Though pleased with its latest achievement, Gahanna has shifted its attention to accomplishing its next goal -- winning a Division I district championship. The No. 2 seed, the Lions played Franklin Heights in the first round of the tournament last Wednesday, with the winner advancing to play Watkins Memorial in the second round at 6:15 p.m. Saturday at Lakewood. Watkins Memorial is 1-19.

"We won the OCC and put it aside," Bott said. "It's one of those things you want to cherish and you want to celebrate, but everyone is staying focused. We all know what we want; we want to go as far as we can in the tournament."

Brandenberg said an undefeated regular season would lose some of its luster if it was followed by an early postseason exit.

"Your success is determined by what you do in the postseason," he said. "We realize it's a new season."

Gahanna isn't expected to have too much trouble advancing to a district semifinal. Franklin Heights and Watkins Memorial were a combined 2-36 in the regular season, with each of their wins coming against the other.

Gahanna likely would meet OCC-Ohio foe Reynoldsburg in a district semifinal at 4:15 p.m. March 6 at the Fairgrounds Coliseum. The winner likely faces sixth-seeded Westerville North, seventh-seeded Mount Vernon or 11th-seeded Brookhaven in a district final at 12:30 p.m. on March 13 at the Fairgrounds.

The Lions, who have not reached a district final since 2004 and are looking for their first district championship, swept Reynoldsburg in league play, winning 68-49 on Jan. 8 and 60-52 on Feb. 12.

They have not played North, Mount Vernon or Brookhaven this season.

"I think we have a good draw," Bott said. "There are some tough teams in there, and after the first couple games, every game is going to be one of those things where anything can happen."

At a glance

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

*Last Friday -- Defeated Groveport 65-21. Groveport did not score more than seven points in any quarter.

*Last Saturday -- Def. Grove City 77-55. Stevie Taylor scored 24 points.

Last Wednesday -- Played Franklin Heights in first round of Division I district tournament. The winner advances to play Watkins Memorial in the second round at 6:15 p.m. Saturday at Lakewood. Watkins Memorial is 1-19.

Of note: The Lions were 20-0 overall before last Wednesday and finished 14-0 (first) in the OCC-Ohio.

*OCC-Ohio game