With entry into the Ohio High School Athletic Association looming next year, the Granville Christian Academy boys basketball team is trying to show the school's collective athletic talent isn't limited to the soccer field.

With entry into the Ohio High School Athletic Association looming next year, the Granville Christian Academy boys basketball team is trying to show the school's collective athletic talent isn't limited to the soccer field.

The Lions were 21-5 last season and won the Central Ohio Buckeye League while advancing to the Association of Christian Schools International state final for a second consecutive year. This is their last year in the COBC before moving to the Mid-Ohio Christian Athletic League.

The Lions are playing well once again despite a rebuilt lineup that features only two seniors in guards Aaron Pound and Kyle Geiss.

"It's funny, but it's a different world here coming from Licking Valley," said third-year coach Ed Weisgerber, whose team was 3-1 overall before playing last Tuesday at Liberty Christian. "Football and baseball were the main sports there. Here, it's been (boys) soccer for so long, but I definitely believe we've turned a corner."

Pound, who runs the point, and Geiss are both four-year starters and have been instrumental in the program's recent revival.

They're usually joined in the starting lineup by sophomores Matt Williams (forward), Brandon Pound (guard) and Kyle Streicher (guard).

"We're very young, very young and very small," said Weisgerber, whose team plays Ohio Valley Christian at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Big Blue Classic at Wellston. "We've had to change some things and how we approach them, and a big key for us is the learning curve we have with our sophomore class. As they get better, we're going to get better."

The sophomores include 6-foot-3, 270-pound center Grant Peters, in addition to guard Tanner Orban and forward Josh Humphrey.

Weisgerber refers to Peters, a first-year basketball player, as a "project" with good hands and feet. Cameron Maierle, a 6-2 freshman forward, also is among the underclassmen earning playing time.

"When we first took over here, we were hoping we'd be (in the OHSAA) by the time Kyle and Aaron were seniors," Weisgerber said. "It's been a process, obviously, but we really like our sophomore class, too. We think they're going to be a pretty good bunch to lead us to that next level."