The Marysville High School boys basketball team trailed Thomas Worthington by 14 points in the third quarter on Jan. 16. The outlook may have seemed bleak, but not to coach Kenny Chaffin.

The Marysville High School boys basketball team trailed Thomas Worthington by 14 points in the third quarter on Jan. 16. The outlook may have seemed bleak, but not to coach Kenny Chaffin.

Winning has not come easy to the Monarchs in seasons' past, even as recently as the first five games this season. Yet things have since changed for Marysville and it was evident against Thomas.

Down by double digits, Chaffin looked his players in their eyes and realized his team still believed they could win.

The Monarchs rallied to beat the Cardinals 48-43 for the team's fifth win in its last six games after opening 0-5.

"A lot of teams get overly frustrated and fold up their tent in that situation," said Chaffin, whose team was 5-6 overall before last Friday. "I saw our kids believed we could still win. It's a very good indicator of where they are at."

Chaffin called the Thomas win a signature moment, but it was by no means out of the ordinary. In wins over Dublin Jerome (69-61 on Jan. 5), Dublin Scioto (66-60 in double overtime on Jan. 15) and Thomas, Marysville trailed in each game by at least 11 points in the second half before rallying to win.

Seniors Trevor Morris Cameron Chambers, Mike Romesburg and Dan Sable were instrumental in the comebacks. Through 11 games, Romesburg led the Monarchs averaging 13.5 points and Morris averaged 12 points in the first four games this month.

"We've always had a fight in us," Morris said. "We've gone through a couple bad seasons and it's our senior year. We're giving it all we got."

Chaffin has taken notice.

"Our seniors are a very focused group right now," he said. "They realize the other kids on our team are following them and they're making the plays."

Chaffin wants to use the comeback wins as a teaching tool. At the end of the day, a win is a win, but Chaffin would like to see fewer double-digit deficits and more double-digit leads. In order to achieve that goal, he is stressing consistency.

"We've had one game this year where we scored on 17 out of 18 possessions," Chaffin said. "Other games we've gone six or seven possession without scoring. We can't have quarters where we have six or seven turnovers or six or seven empty possessions.

"Consistency is what it all comes down to for us as a basketball team and we're working on it. We're still a work in progress."

Last Friday marked the beginning of the second half of OCC-Cardinal Division play. Entering the game, Marysville was sixth in the conference at 2-5 behind Westerville South (7-0), Westerville North (6-1), Westerville Central (5-2), Olentangy (4-3) and Olentangy Liberty (3-4) and ahead of Dublin Jerome (1-6) and Dublin Scioto (0-7).

"We have confidence going into the second half of the season," Morris said. "Everyone is doing their roles and things are going well."

Two of Marysville's first five losses were to Tuesday's opponent Olentangy (68-58 on Dec. 11) and Friday's opponent Westerville Central (83-38 on Dec. 18).

Olentangy and Central can expect a different Marysville team in the second meeting.

"We've seen quite a bit of progress since the beginning of the year," Chaffin said. "I expect that to continue."

"We're one of the youngest teams in the OCC. We have a good blend of experience and senior leadership. Everyone is buying in and committing to something bigger than themselves now that we're winning."