The Hilliard Davidson High School boys basketball team won at Central Crossing 56-44 on Dec. 17, outscoring the Comets 49-32 over the final three quarters.

The Hilliard Davidson High School boys basketball team won at Central Crossing 56-44 on Dec. 17, outscoring the Comets 49-32 over the final three quarters.

But that doesn't mean the Wildcats expect another comfortable victory when they play host to the Comets on Friday, Jan. 28, in an OCC-Central Division rematch.

Junior point guard Davonte Peterson pointed to his team's games against Westland as the perfect example.

After the Wildcats beat the Cougars 63-49 at home on Dec. 7, they had to rally for a 45-44 win at Westland on Jan. 21.

"Anytime we play a team more than once in the same season, it usually gets tougher to beat them the second time, because they've seen what we can do and they know a lot of our tendencies," Peterson said.

"Just like Westland, we're expecting Central Crossing to give us their best shot the second time around and we've got to be prepared to win a tougher and closer game."

The Wildcats have thrived in close games this season, going 6-2 in games decided by seven or fewer points through their first 12 contests.

Davidson trailed Westland 45-40 with 1 minute, 50 seconds remaining, but rallied to win after Peterson made a short jumper and a 3-pointer to tie it, and Chris Logsdon made a free throw with 4 seconds left.

"Our team has a lot of heart and we have good chemistry," Peterson said. "We worked hard on our con-ditioning and (skills) during the offseason, and we have a lot of confidence that we're going to make a big play at the end to win these close games."

Central Crossing lost to Dublin Coffman 52-30 on Jan. 21 to drop to 4-9 overall and 2-6 in the OCC-Central heading into its Jan. 25 league game at Hilliard Darby.

In the first meeting between Central Crossing and Davidson, Cole Lawson scored 17 points, Logsdon supplied 12 and Peterson added 10 to lead Davidson.

The Comets received 14 points from 6-3 senior wing player Ryan Kelley while 6-2 senior post player Clay Luebben scored all eight of his points in the second half.

Coach Kevin Logsdon said his squad must do a good job boxing out and securing rebounds against the Comets, who have a size advantage across the board, with 6-6 senior post player Greg Herring posing a threat in the paint as well.

Davidson was getting outrebounded by an average of 27-22 through its first 12 games.

"Central Crossing is physical and has good size, and they're good on the offensive boards, so we have to play good defense to prevent their big guys from catching the ball under the basket," coach Logsdon said.

"We've got to make it tough on their guards to pass the ball inside and we've got to keep their big guys from getting into a good position in the post. And the biggest thing is we need to keep them off the glass."

Coach Logsdon said it's crucial for his team to get off to a good start. In the first meeting against Central Crossing, the Comets took a 12-7 lead by the end of the first quarter.

On Jan. 22, Davidson fell behind Pickerington Central 8-0 en route to a 58-51 loss.

"We've done a good job of hanging in there and battling back, but we need to avoid the slow starts that we've had in some of these games," coach Logsdon said. "We figured out a way to get over the hump against Central Crossing, but we dug ourselves too big of a hole against Pickerington Central."

Leading Davidson in scoring averages through 12 contests were Peterson (12.1), Chris Logsdon (9.8), Brandon Gleim (7.5), Lawson (6.8) and Andrew Gronski (5.7).

"It's harder to get good looks when you play a team a second time, because they know your personnel," coach Logsdon said. "So we'll need to refine some of the things we do and add some wrinkles to our offense (against Central Crossing)."

AT A GLANCE

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Davidson boys and girls basketball teams:

BOYS

*Jan. 21 - Defeated Westland 45-44. Davonte Peterson scored 18 points.

Jan. 22 - Lost to Pickerington Central 58-51. Peterson scored 18 points and Chris Logsdon scored 14 points.

*Jan. 25 - Played Thomas Worthington

*Jan. 28 - Home vs. Central Crossing

Of note: The Wildcats were 8-4 overall and 5-3 in the OCC-Central before Jan. 25.

GIRLS

*Jan. 21 - Def. Westland 66-18. Katie Dymek scored 11 points.

Jan. 22 - Def. New Albany 49-36. Dymek scored 12 points

*Jan. 25 - Played Thomas Worthington

*Jan. 28 - At Central Crossing

Jan. 29 - Home vs. Zanesville

Of note: The Wildcats were 8-5 overall and 6-3 in the OCC-Central before Jan. 25.

*OCC-Central game