The Grandview Heights High School boys basketball team closed one of its best regular seasons by earning a share of the league title for the first time in nine years.

The Grandview Heights High School boys basketball team closed one of its best regular seasons by earning a share of the league title for the first time in nine years.

The Bobcats beat Millersport 82-22 last Friday to clinch a share of the MSL-Cardinal Division title with Harvest Prep and Fisher Catholic at 12-2. It was the first league title since Grandview joined the MSL, and the first in any league since the Bobcats won the BAC in 1998-99 and 1999-2000. Entering this season, Harvest Prep had not lost a league game in two years.

Fisher Catholic had a two-game lead over Grandview and Harvest Prep at the end of January, but the Bobcats went undefeated the rest of the way and got some help from Harvest Prep. Grandview beat Fisher Catholic 45-25 on Feb. 10, and Harvest Prep evened the league standings by cruising to a 78-45 win over Fisher Catholic on Feb. 17.

The same day, Grandview escaped with a 50-49 win over West Jefferson to move into the tie for first. Coach Ray Corbett said his players didn't wait for the papers to come out the next morning to find out the score of the game between Harvest Prep and Fisher Catholic.

"Our kids had a couple connections, and we were able to find out before we even got off the bus," he said. "Obviously they were pretty excited about it. It's just a thrill to be able to come out with the share of the title."

"We haven't won the league in quite awhile here, so it was a fun ride home," forward Bryan Riggs said.

The Bobcats matched the program's best regular-season record, which also was done in 1999-2000. The best final record for any Grandview team is 21-4, also in 1999-2000.

"Two of our losses should never have happened," Riggs said. "We wanted to be 19-1, but 17-3 is not bad. To get to that 21 wins would be pretty exciting for all of us."

Grandview, which has won seven consecutive games, is seeded fifth and will open the Division III district tournament Friday at Dublin Scioto against Elgin or Harvest Prep. Before playing Horizon Science last Tuesday, Elgin was 10-10. Corbett said the Comets' record is somewhat deceptive since they have played a tough schedule.

Horizon Science, which Grandview beat 62-47 on Feb. 4, was 7-12 before last Tuesday. Corbett said his team didn't face a team quicker than Horizon Science all season.

The winner of Friday's game will advance to a district semifinal Wednesday at the Fairgrounds Coliseum against Madison Plains, Ridgedale or Liberty Union. The Bobcats have not won a district title since 2000.

At a glance

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

*Feb. 17 -- Defeated West Jefferson 50-49. Casey Rouch scored 17 points.

*Last Friday -- Def. Millersport 82-22. Garrett Griffin scored 13 points and David Ray, Dan Tyler and Rouch had 10.

Friday -- At Dublin Scioto vs. Elgin or Harvest Prep in second round of Division III district tournament. The winner will play in a district semifinal Wednesday at the Fairgrounds Coliseum against Madison Plains, Ridgedale or Liberty Union. Grandview is seeded fifth.

Of note: The Bobcats are 17-3 overall and tied Harvest Prep and Fisher Catholic for first in the MSL-Cardinal at 12-2.

*MSL-Cardinal game