Nick Stringer came off the bench to help lead the Columbus Academy boys basketball team to its biggest win of the season March 7 at Grandview.

Nick Stringer came off the bench to help lead the Columbus Academy boys basketball team to its biggest win of the season March 7 at Grandview.

Stringer scored on a reverse layup as time expired in overtime, lifting Academy over the top-seeded Bobcats 63-61 in a Division III district tournament second-round game.

"I told them in the huddle that we were going to win this ballgame," coach Jeff Warstler said. "We got the ball to Nick and that was all Nick Stringer."

The 14th-seeded Vikings were 10-13 before playing eighth-seeded Marion Pleasant in a semifinal March 10 at Worthington Kilbourne. The winner plays third-seeded Eastmoor Academy or 10th-seeded Cardington in a district final Friday, March 13, at Ohio Dominican.

The district champion plays in a regional semifinal Wednesday, March 18, at Ohio University against Belmont Union Local, St. Clairsville, Sugarcreek Garaway or Woodsfield Monroe Central. The regional final is March 21 at Ohio University.

Against Grandview, Stringer was playing in place of Herman Moultrie, who missed time with muscle cramps. Ryan Alexander scored 21 points and Scott Mackenzie added 16 for Academy.

Grandview, which defeated Academy 60-51 on Feb. 5 and 64-57 in overtime Feb. 9 in MSL-Ohio Division play, finished 18-4.

The Vikings defeated 18th-seeded Ready 64-52 in the first round March 2 at home as Solomon Pierre-Louis scored 21 points.

Wrestlers concludeseason at district

The wrestling team did not qualify anyone for state while finishing 32nd (18 points) in the Division III district tournament March 6 and 7 at Coshocton behind champion Galion Northmor (103) as 53 teams scored.

The top four finishers in each weight class advanced to state Thursday, March 12, through Saturday, March 14, at Ohio State.

Senior Dan Jones, who was seeking his third state berth, lost his final three matches at 195 pounds by default because of a recurring shoulder injury. He finished the season 32-4.

Also competing were Calvin Wourinen (160, 2-2) and Sam Wittman (132, 1-2).