The Olentangy Liberty High School boys basketball team keeps winning, but coach Greg Nossaman would like to see a little more from his squad.

The Olentangy Liberty High School boys basketball team keeps winning, but coach Greg Nossaman would like to see a little more from his squad.

The Patriots are 15-0 overall and 10-0 in the OCC-Cardinal Division, and even though they have been playing stifling defense, they have been struggling on the offensive end of the court.

"We gave up 45 points, which I would take on any night, but we only scored 50," Nossaman said following a 50-45 win over Olentangy on Jan. 27. "We need to get things going on offense."

Liberty also scored fewer than 50 in a 46-43 win over Dublin Jerome on Jan. 24. The Patriots have scored more than 60 points just once in six games in the new year - an 87-38 victory Jan. 20 over Marysville, which is 0-10 in OCC-Cardinal play.

The Patriots averaged 65.4 points in their first nine games.

"Our goal is to get to 60 points," Nossaman said. "If we get there, we think our defense can contain most teams to less than that and we should be able to win."

Nick Archer said his team is getting frustrated with its performance of late.

"We have to get our offense going," said the 6-foot-8 senior post player, who scored 10 points against Olentangy. "We're stagnant right now. We have to be better with our ball movement."

Liberty leads the OCC-Cardinal ahead of Westerville North and Westerville South (both 8-2), Dublin Scioto (5-5), Olentangy and Westerville Central (both 4-6), Jerome (1-9) and Marysville.

The Patriots play host to North on Friday, Feb. 3. In the first meeting, which Liberty won 59-50 on Dec. 17, Jake Bischoff had 18 points with four 3-pointers and Sam DeRoy came off the bench to score 12, all on 3s. Archer scored 16 points and Alec Charbonneau added eight.

"We definitely have to step up from the way we played (against Olentangy)," Archer said of the rematch with North, which was 12-3 overall before playing New Albany on Jan. 31. "We have a goal of going undefeated this season and to do that, we will have to play big in the big games."

Adrian Cook, a 5-10 junior guard, led the Warriors in the first meeting against Liberty with 14 points. Taivion Thomas, a 6-5 senior post player, and 6-2 junior guard Jaylen Benton both had 13 points.

Nossaman expects North to play well in the rematch, as teams have been doing against the Patriots during the second round of league play. Liberty beat Jerome 84-55 on Dec. 9 and won 59-56 in the first meeting with Olentangy on Dec. 16.

"Teams make adjustments, especially defensively when we have been seeing some triangle-and-2 and diamond-and-1 (zones)," Nossaman said. "The coaches know what you do the second time around and will do anything they can to try to knock you out of the top spot.

"That's a position we have been in for the last several years and now the roles are reversed. We know how coaches think in that situation."

To get through those changes of pace, the Patriots need help from players off the bench. Against Olentangy last week, DeRoy and Nick Nossaman both came in to hit a 3-pointer apiece in the second quarter and Tyler Welch scored all eight of his points in the fourth quarter, going 4-for-5 on free throws.

"We have some really good players who know their roles with the team," Archer said. "We have guys that step up and get the rebounds when we need it, hit a 3 or make a defensive stop. We have good depth."

But despite being unbeaten through 15 games, coach Nossaman said his team is far from satisfied.

"The guys aren't happy because they know it's not whether you win or lose, but how you play," he said. "We may be winning, but we haven't been playing well. They know they still have room for improvement after 15 games, so we just have to keep working hard in practice and execute on offense on game nights."