The victory it earned in the Jared Sullinger Play-by-Play Classic on Jan. 24 felt like a long time coming for the Pickerington High School Central boys basketball team.

The victory it earned in the Jared Sullinger Play-by-Play Classic on Jan. 24 felt like a long time coming for the Pickerington High School Central boys basketball team.

After the Tigers took their first lead midway through the third quarter and then traded the advantage throughout the fourth quarter against Northland, Central's Ibi Watson scored as time expired to give his team a 62-60 victory.

Central, which improved to 7-7 while the Vikings fell to 12-5, has lost four games by four points or fewer.

The game-winning basket came after the Tigers' Jalen Tate stole the ball from Northland's Seth Towns with 10 seconds to go. He passed to Eric Johnson, who missed a shot with five seconds left only to have Watson score on a putback.

"(Johnson's) shot looked like it was going to go a little long so I was ready to get the rebound," Watson said. "We finally got a bounce at the end of a game."

Watson finished with 18 points and was named the Tigers' MVP. Tate scored 14 and Rodney Culver and Sterling Manley both scored 10.

Towns led Northland with 18 points and was named his team's MVP. Dez Wright scored 13 and Jordan Kinchen added 12.

Huber Heights Wayne 67, Gahanna Lincoln 61

The No. 1 team in the Division I state poll lost to the No. 8 team in the nightcap of the five-game Play-by-Play Classic, but those rankings meant little according to Lions coach Tony Staib.

Wayne, which was 10th in the MaxPreps Excellent 25 national rankings despite its state ranking, improved to 12-2 overall and handed the Lions their first loss.

Gahanna, which dropped to 14-1, fell behind by as much as 21 before getting as close as 65-59 with 34.7 seconds left.

Warren Yates scored with 8.5 seconds left to make it 66-61 but Matt Moyer missed a 3 with six seconds left as Wayne held on.

"Wayne is a team without a weakness," Staib said.

Nick Ward, who was named Gahanna's team MVP, finished with 15 points while Junior Arrey scored 13, Chad Barrick had 11 and Moyer 10.

Xeyrius Williams scored 16 points and was named the team MVP for Wayne.

Newark 55, Africentric 43

Newark had three players score in double figures on the way to a double-digit win in the opener of the Play-by-Play Classic.

Senior Jordan Dartis finished with 16 points while earning team MVP honors, Khale Woods scored 11 and Kaysey Brokaw added 10 for the Wildcats, who improved to 11-4.

JaQuan Harrison scored 17 points and earned team MVP honors for the Nubians, who fell to 12-4.

Newark led 32-24 by halftime and outshot the Nubians 16-5 at the free-throw line.

Africentric is 10th in the Division IV state poll.

Dayton Dunbar 49, Walnut Ridge 39

A strong performance from Ohio State recruit A.J. Harris and a big third quarter propelled the Wolverines past the Scots in the day's third game.

Harris made three 3-pointers and finished with 27 points while earning his team's MVP honor.

After the game was tied at 25 at the half, Dunbar outscored Walnut Ridge 17-6 in the third period.

"We couldn't get stops when we needed them," coach Brian Shininger said. "(Harris is) a top talent."

James Manns made one 3-pointer and finished with 17 points and Malik Harrison scored 14 while earning his team's MVP honor for Walnut Ridge, which dropped to 12-3.

Dunbar, which is fourth in the Division II state poll, is 11-3 overall.

Wilmington 54, New Albany 39

Jaevin Cumberland made three 3-pointers and finished with 24 points while earning team MVP honors as he led the Hurricane past the Eagles in the second game of the Play-by-Play Classic.

Cumberland, who has signed with Oakland (Mich.), helped Wilmington improve to 14-0.

His cousin, Jarron Cumberland, finished with 15 points.

Austin Schaub scored 13 points and was named team MVP for New Albany, which dropped to 10-3.

Wilmington is fourth in the Division I state poll.