Hilliard Davidson High School boys basketball coach Kevin Logsdon has been pleased with the leadership and offensive production of 6-foot-6 sophomore center Michael Simon.
After averaging 4.1 points as a freshman, Simon was averaging 16.5 points through seven games this season.
But for the Wildcats to be successful, Logsdon said they need more scoring from Simon's supporting cast. Davidson averaged 40.4 points while losing seven of its first nine games.
"Mike's our only returning starter (and letterwinner) and he's stepped up and played a much bigger role while our younger guys have gained varsity experience," Logsdon said. "But we're having a hard time scoring beyond Mike, and since other coaches have seen that, Mike's been getting double- and triple-teamed, and he's seen every defense imaginable.
"The good news is we can play better than we have played and we have other guys who can score. We just need the rest of our guys to play with more confidence and take better shots so we can take some pressure off Mike in the post and off of our defense, too."
After missing all but one minute of Davidson's first six games because of a collarbone injury, 6-5 sophomore wing player Nick Potts played several minutes in a 38-37 victory at Hilliard Bradley on Dec. 28.
Potts scored five points, and with 1 second remaining, he rebounded a missed shot by Simon, was fouled and made a free throw for the winning point.
Senior wing player Luke Brorein also was medically cleared to return Jan. 3 after missing three games with a right thumb injury. Brorein averaged 4.8 points in the Wildcats' first four games.
And 6-4 senior post player Michael Kreiser has worked his way back into the lineup after missing the first three games with a sprained ankle.
"As our team gets healthy, we're starting to regain the on-court chemistry that we had during the summer," senior forward Scottie Munson said. "We can run a two-post offense and make some minor changes to our style of offense with our big guys back in the game, and now we won't need to have guys play different positions that they aren't used to."
Munson said more players are contributing as they continue to gain confidence.
"(Senior) Kyle Martin's been our consistent leader at point guard and we run our entire offense through him," Munson said.
"(Sophomore guard) Jay Peterson has been scoring more and Michael Simon has improved his rebounding. (Senior guard) Adam Pierce has been our best defender and he's playing so well that he's creating offense with the way he plays defense."
The Wildcats play an OCC-Central Division game Friday, Jan. 11, at Marysville, which was 2-7 overall and 0-5 in the league before playing Central Crossing on Jan. 8.
Marysville is led by senior guard Kody Davisson, junior guard Logan Roston, senior forward Steven Romesburg and junior guard Billy Kidd.
"Marysville plays wide open and they have some kids who can shoot it," Logsdon said. "The key for us is to score early and establish ourselves. We need to hang in there and get some confidence and momentum as the game wears on."
Bradley earns first victory
Bradley got 21 points from freshman point guard Brandon Glenn, 12 from sophomore guard Jackson Murphy and nine from junior post player Ryan Reffitt while winning its first game, 60-51 over host Teays Valley on Jan. 5.
The Jaguars, who improved to 1-10 overall, used a 19-8 third-quarter advantage to take a 40-27 lead.
The win followed an 84-40 home loss Jan. 4 against Westerville North, which left Bradley to 0-5 in the OCC-Cardinal entering a game Jan. 8 at Scioto.
Darby prepares to play Bradley
Darby plays an OCC-Cardinal game Friday, Jan. 11, at Bradley.
Before playing Westerville Central on Jan. 8, the Panthers had won two of their last three games.
They defeated Lancaster 65-53 on Dec. 27 as junior guard Taylor Van Winkle scored 19 points with four 3-pointers and senior guard Caleb Day added 16 with three 3s.
Darby defeated Teays Valley 49-24 on Dec. 29 as Van Winkle scored 18 points, all on 3-pointers. Senior forward Nic Baker had 10 points.
On Jan. 4, the Panthers lost to Dublin Scioto 56-30 in a league game. Sophomore point guard David Dennis led with 13 points.