The Gahanna Christian Academy boys basketball team "put up a good fight" in its Division IV district semifinal against Newark Catholic, but the Green Wave took control in the second half and won 46-38 on March 3 at Reynoldsburg.
The sixth-seeded Eagles finished 18-6, while the second-seeded Green Wave improved to 20-5 and played top-seeded Harvest Prep in a district final March 5.
The Eagles remained close throughout the first half and took a 22-21 lead into halftime on Caleb Walker's steal and dunk in the final seconds.
Walker opened the second half with a basket on assist from Emmanuel Dapaa before the Green Wave took control, outscoring the Eagles 20-8 the rest of the third quarter for a 41-32 lead.
Newark Catholic led by as many as 14 points in the fourth. Max Hogue made five 3-pointers and led the Green Wave with 21 points.
Walker, a senior, scored a team-high 20 points for the Eagles.
"We put up a good fight," coach Chris Joseph said. "We beat them in every category except they shot better than us. They're a good shooting team. It happens.
"We did the things that we could control. We played hard, we played hard defense. ... We got good shots. They just made more shots than we did."
The Eagles played without senior guard Malik Johnson, who Joseph said was sick and "would have made a big difference" in the game.
Gahanna Christian defeated 11th-seeded Fisher Catholic 65-51 in the second round Feb. 26 at home. Walker had 17 points, followed by Tyler Johnson with 15, Malik Johnson with 14 and Dapaa with 10.