There's just something about seniors and the postseason.

There's just something about seniors and the postseason.

The Gahanna High School boys basketball team used a key fourth quarter jumper by Ian Taylor to help beat Teays Valley 54-43 in a Division I second-round game Friday at Harvest Prep.

The win was the 10th in a rown for Gahanna, which improved to 18-4. The victory also came on the day of coach Tony Staib's birthday.
The Lions will play Westerville North on March 7 in a semifinal in the Fairgrounds Coliseum.

After Gahanna led virtually the entire game, Teays Valley, which ended 15-7, made a push to start the fourth quarter. A pair of baskets by 6-foot-9 sophomore Nate Anderson cut the deficit to 37-35 with just over four minutes to play and energized what was a pro-Teays Valley crowd.

On the following possession Gahanna worked the ball around the perimeter diligently and ended up finding Taylor a few feet beyond the 3-point at the top of the key. Taylor's shot found the bottom of the net at 3:30, pushing the lead to fiv. Teays Valley never recovered.

"The whole game we hadn't really run our offense well," said Ian Taylor, who finished with 12 points. "Finally I got that open look. I hadn't really been hitting all game, but I took it. You could feel the momentum change."

Stevie Taylor led all scorers with 19, but it was Ian Taylor's basket which turned the tide.

"That's not the shot we expect him to take," Vikings coach Dough
Etzler said. "But I give Ian Taylor all the credit in the world he stepped up and hit a huge shot. We have to come back and match it with a score and we didn't."

Gahanna got baskets by Justin McDowell and Rob Brandenberg to increase the lead to 44-37 with 2:01 to play. Brandenberg (10 points) clinched the victory with 1:17, driving the length of the court for a three-point play which put Gahanna up 49-41.

Gahanna held Teays Valley to just six second quarter point to take a ten-point lead into halftime. The Lions hounded Viking ballhandlers and forced a number of steals which lead to fast break points.

"I think we played some of our best defense the last two games, Ian Taylor said.