Jose DeLeon has made improvements at both ends of the court for the Hilliard Darby High School boys basketball team.

Jose DeLeon has made improvements at both ends of the court for the Hilliard Darby High School boys basketball team.

The 5-foot-11 junior guard scored 13 points with three 3-pointers to help the Panthers snap a four-game losing streak by defeating Canal Winchester 50-38 on Jan. 26 in OCC-Cardinal Division play.

"Jose is one of our more skilled offensive players," said coach Chris Maul, whose team was 5-13 overall and 3-8 in the league before playing Dublin Scioto on Feb. 2.

"He is a confident shooter and he knows that in the flow of our offense, when his feet are set, that he has the green light to pull it.

"He really improved his overall game in the offseason. His defense has gotten better and that's giving him more time on the floor."

DeLeon was averaging 6.8 points through 18 games, but led the team in 3-point percentage at 37.3 percent, making 25 of 67 attempts.

Guard Nick Powers and forward Isaiah Wheeler both added 10 points against the Indians.

"Canal Winchester's 2-3 zone (defense) allowed us to move the ball inside-out, creating opportunities for both our perimeter and post players," Maul said. "We thought we moved the ball well in the second half, and that created quality shots."

Wheeler had 10 points to lead the Panthers in a 86-33 league loss to Westerville South on Jan. 29.

Entering play Feb. 2, Wheeler was averaging 9.6 points and 5.2 rebounds, Antonio McGary was averaging 8.7 points and 2.8 assists and Braeden Hook was averaging 8.1 points and 6.1 rebounds.

Wildcats buying into coaching philosophy

Davidson had a four-game winning streak snapped with a 55-43 loss to Upper Arlington on Jan. 29 in OCC-Central play.

Coach Cort Hamilton said the Wildcats have played well in their last 12 games, going 7-5 and losing only two games by double figures. In addition to the 12-point loss to UA during that stretch, they lost to Thomas Worthington 59-46 on Jan. 5.

"We were pretty much ahead the whole game (against UA) until the last possession of third quarter, but they made plays when they needed to," said Hamilton, whose team was 9-9 overall and 4-7 in the OCC-Central before playing Olentangy Liberty on Feb. 2. "We have had a pretty consistent effort since Christmas and we have had a noticeable improvement."

Travis Moore had 18 points with four 3-pointers to lead four players in double figures in a 73-46 win over Westland on Jan. 26. Luke Mayer added 16 points, Max Huber scored 14 and Matt Kinnaird had 12.

"I think our guys have continued to buy into what we ask them to do," Hamilton said. "They are becoming more efficient at their roles. They have shown a willingness to focus on the details of game preparation, and they have been learning from the success and setbacks that they have had during that progress."

Jaguars getting balanced scoring

Bradley was 14-4 overall and 8-3 in the OCC-Cardinal before playing Westerville North on Feb. 2.

The Jaguars used a balanced attack in their previous two contests to increase their winning streak to three games.

Braden Norris scored 19 points with six 3-pointers to lead Bradley past Canal Winchester 68-39 on Jan. 29 in league play.

Brandon Glenn had 13 points, Capell Miller scored 10 points and both Noah Callahan and Isaiah Speelman added nine.

Glenn and Speelman both scored 16 points and Norris added 11 in a 51-44 league win over Westerville Central on Jan. 26.