Evan Lewis was at the right place for the Olentangy Orange High School boys basketball team.

Evan Lewis was at the right place for the Olentangy Orange High School boys basketball team.

The 6-foot-4 senior forward parlayed an offensive rebound into the winning basket on a putback with 13.5 seconds remaining as the host Pioneers stayed unbeaten with a 51-49 win over Olentangy on Dec. 11.

Orange improved to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the OCC-Capital Division, while Olentangy fell to 2-1 overall and in the league.

"(Making the basket) was tremendous and my teammates helped to set me up," said Lewis, who finished with 15 points. "It was a great win ... The best we have had all year."

Olentangy looked to overcome its size advantage by trying to run the Pioneers into submission, a ploy that worked well for three-plus quarters. The Braves forced 12 first-half turnovers with a fast-paced game that employed mass substitutions much like line changes in hockey, routinely subbing five players at a time to keep fresh bodies on the court.

"That's just the way we play," Olentangy coach Chris Kelly said. "We have 10 players who can play and we played well in the first two games, but not so much (against Orange). You have to credit their defense, but we didn't shoot the ball or move the ball like we had in the preseason or in our first two games."

Olentangy led 21-18 at halftime and 37-30 after three quarters, but Orange got seven points from both Lewis and Grant Gossard in the final period to rally for the win.

"We figured out that we needed to slow things down and play at our pace," said Gossard, who finished with 10 points. "We came together and played as a team, especially defensively."

Colin Shepherd also had 15 points for Orange, which made 14 of 24 free-throw attempts.

Carter Kinnaird led Olentangy with 12 points and Seth O'Neal scored 11. Brandon Mazzeo and Derrick Wyche both added six points for the Braves, who made 12 of 15 free throws.


Team 1 2 3 4 Final OLENTANGY 11 10 16 12 49 OLENTANGY ORANGE 9 9 12 21 51