Grove City seeks share of OCC title
The Grove City High School boys basketball team entered the final week of the regular season with hopes of earning a share of the OCC-Ohio Division title.
The key for the Greyhounds, according to coach Greg Waits, has been contributions from the entire roster.
Grove City has won four consecutive games and six of seven entering its home contest against Pickerington North on Friday, Feb. 15.
"Our kids have battled and they've come together, trusted each other and played for each other the last month and good things are happening for them," Waits said. "We have 10 kids who contribute every single night and they all play. We have to play 10 the way we play."
One of those key players is senior guard Christian Meister.
"Christian is one of our captains, he can shoot it and he plays great defense," Waits said. "He runs the floor, hustles and does everything we ask of him."
Meister is second on the team in scoring at 11.0 points per game. Senior guard Brandon Bapst is averaging 13.4 points.
The Greyhounds entered the week tied with Reynoldsburg for third in the league at 9-4. Pickerington Central, which led at 10-3, plays host to Gahanna on Friday, Feb. 15. Newark, which was second at 9-3, played at Gahanna on Feb. 12 and visits Lancaster on Friday, Feb. 15.
Grove City is seeded 16th in the Division I district tournament and will play host to 33rd-seeded Hilliard Davidson on Feb. 22. The winner will play seventh-seeded Dublin Coffman or 32nd-seeded Dublin Jerome in the second round Feb. 27.
"The Pick North game is the only game that we're thinking about right now because we still have a chance to tie for the league championship," Waits said. "We're not even thinking about the tournament. We're a huge Gahanna fan right now."
Meister was the team's sixth man last year before taking over a starting role this season. He would like to play in college and has received interest from several schools, including Division II Salem (W.Va.) International University.
"He's a great kid (from) a great family. (His) mom (Sarah) and dad (Ray) are awesome (and) supporters of the program," Waits said. "Christian is one of those kids who everybody in the school loves."
Grove City's winning streak has included victories at Gahanna (64-63 on Feb. 5) and at home against Lancaster (65-46 on Feb. 8).
Grove City trailed Gahanna 48-40 after three quarters, but outscored the Lions 24-15 in the fourth. Senior guard Brenden Mathews and senior forward Devonta Thomas each scored 14 points and Bapst scored 12.
Against Lancaster, Thomas scored 13 points and Meister had 11.
"We're coming on strong now," Meister said. "We're playing for each other more now and we were playing more as individuals at the beginning of the season."
Central Crossing to play host to Westland
Central Crossing closes the regular season at home against Westland on Friday, Feb. 15.
The Comets lost to the Cougars 94-69 on Jan. 11.
Central Crossing is seeded 41st in the district tournament and has a first-round bye.
The Comets will play top-seeded Northland or 42nd-seeded Hilliard Bradley in the second round Feb. 27. Northland was ranked first in last week's Division I state poll.