It hasn't been the season that Central Crossing High School boys basketball player Maurice Reed expected.

It hasn't been the season that Central Crossing High School boys basketball player Maurice Reed expected.

The Comets were 0-15 overall before playing Hilliard Bradley on Jan. 31. They are 0-10 in the OCC-Central Division entering a Friday, Feb. 3, game at Upper Arlington.

Central Crossing lost two key players from last season in KyJuan Grace and Devan Williamson, who transferred to Westland before the school year.

"I'm very proud of my teammates for having school pride - being able to stay even though we're struggling and for being strong as individuals," said Reed, a senior.

Through 15 games, Reed was second on the team in scoring (8.5 points per game) behind junior Tory Clark (9.0).

Reed, a co-captain with senior Devin Doudna, scored a season-high 17 points in a 58-35 loss to Worthington Kilbourne on Jan. 3.

The teams will play again Tuesday, Feb. 7, at Kilbourne.

UA, which defeated Central Crossing 76-34 on Dec. 20, leads the league at 9-1. Central Crossing is eighth.

"We have a great group of kids," coach Mike Cavey said. "They keep working hard. They come in every day and put their nose to the grindstone. We go into every game thinking we have a shot, and that's all I can ask."

The Comets will close the regular season at home against Thomas Worthington on Feb. 10 and at Westland on Feb. 17.

"We haven't given up," Reed said. "We still look to get better. Even though we haven't won a game, our heads are still up and we want to finish strong."

Reed has played AAU basketball in the summer and is considering competing for the school's track and field team for the first time this spring.

He is hoping to receive some interest from colleges to play basketball.

"Maurice is a great kid in the classroom, in the building and in the community," Cavey said. "You never hear a bad thing about Maurice Reed. For our standards, he's great."

•After losing to Reynoldsburg 70-64 on Jan. 20, Grove City has bounced back to win three consecutive games.

The Greyhounds are 11-4 overall and 6-4 in the OCC-Ohio as they prepare to play host to Newark on Friday, Feb. 3.

Grove City lost to Newark 70-68 on Dec. 20.

The Greyhounds are third in the league behind Pickerington Central (9-0) and Newark (8-2) and ahead of Reynoldsburg (5-5), Gahanna (5-5), Pickerington North (5-5), Lancaster (1-8) and Groveport (0-10).

Grove City had its season-high point total in a 101-65 win over Briggs on Jan. 21.

"With the way we get up and down the court and in our secondary break and our transition game, our games turn into a lot of possessions," coach Greg Waits said.

Brad Saxton leads Grove City in scoring average at 16.4 points per game, followed by Brandon Bapst (12) and Mitch Stephens (11.2). Bapst is first in rebounding, averaging six.

"I love our kids," Waits said. "They're just a joy to be around and they're fun to watch because they play so hard, they get up and down the court and they buy into our system. They believe in what we're doing. It's a fun group to coach."