Although earning a share of the MOCAL title was a highlight this season, Gahanna Christian Academy boys basketball coach Paul Hartje said his team's effort against Newark Catholic in the Division IV district tournament was another key moment.

Although earning a share of the MOCAL title was a highlight this season, Gahanna Christian Academy boys basketball coach Paul Hartje said his team's effort against Newark Catholic in the Division IV district tournament was another key moment.

The fourth-seeded Green Wave pulled away in the second half for a 70-48 second-round win Feb. 25, but Hartje said he was pleased with how the Eagles played.

"It was probably our best game of the season," he said. "To see them progress to that point was probably the highlight for me in terms of the growth of the team. Yes, it was wonderful to win the MOCAL, but in terms of the team's development, there was something very positive about it."

The 17th-seeded Eagles, who had a first-round bye and finished 9-14 overall, trailed 14-11 after one quarter and 31-24 at halftime before being out-scored 39-24 in the second half.

Junior guard Tavion Sims, who averaged 9.0 points per game, led the Eagles with 18. Forward Clifford Kelley, who was one of three seniors and averaged 10.5 points and 8.8 rebounds, had 13 points and sophomore guard Dante Sino added 10.

The Eagles won their first league title since the 2013-14 season, sharing the MOCAL championship with Delaware Christian at 9-1.

The teams split two games this season, with both winning on the road. Delaware Christian won 65-56 on Feb. 1 and Gahanna Christian won 53-45 on Feb. 12.

They finished ahead of Madison Christian (5-5), Granville Christian (4-6), Tree of Life (3-7) and Northside Christian (0-10).

Other players eligible to return for Gahanna Christian are juniors Grant Downs (center), Kevin Gyan (forward), Sloan Howard (guard) and Dylan Sino (guard, 12.8 points), sophomores Daniel Nyarko (forward) and Kyle Parsons (forward) and freshmen Ammar Crum-Ewing (forward), Kinsley Jyan (forward), Nathan Mathurin (forward) and Caleb Robinson (forward).

Kelley, Sims and Dylan Sino were named first-team all-league and senior Ebenezer Tibebe was honorable mention all-league.

Girls basketball team finishes winless

The girls basketball team finished 0-16 overall and 0-10 in the MOCAL under first-year coach Brent Downing.

The 19th-seeded Eagles lost at top-seeded Fairfield Christian 80-9 in the first round of the Division IV district tournament Feb. 15.

The team had no seniors, and junior forward Kamri Glenn was the only returning player with varsity experience.

Other players eligible to return are junior Arianna Wyant (forward/guard), sophomores Kyla Clairdy (forward/guard), Caroline Deibel (center), Katie Downing (guard/forward) and Jacey Turner (guard) and freshmen Jaelynn Barnes (guard), Emma Downing (guard) and Kenzie Welch (guard).

Gahanna Christian finished sixth in the MOCAL behind Granville Christian (10-0), Delaware Christian (8-2), Northside Christian (6-4), Madison Christian (4-6) and Tree of Life (2-8).