Dublin Scioto boys basketball coach Mike Moler has been pleased with his team's resiliency since a season-opening 55-49 loss to visiting Canal Winchester on Dec. 3.
The Irish had won six of seven games before losing 56-45 to host Worthington Kilbourne in an OCC-Cardinal Division contest Jan. 3.
Scioto was 6-3 overall and 3-2 in the league before playing Hilliard Bradley on Jan. 7. Its other league loss came against visiting Thomas Worthington, 58-35 on Dec. 20.
Benjamin Lombardo scored 19 points against Kilbourne.
"We're 6-2 entering the new year," Moler said before the game against Kilbourne. "We had some growing to do at the beginning of the year. We lost our first game. We didn't play very well against Thomas, but other than that, I feel like the guys are buying in and getting better each day, which is the goal."
The Irish rebounded from the setback against Thomas to defeat Cadiz Harrison Central 58-37 on Dec. 21 and Westland 66-40 on Dec. 30.
"We played the next day after Thomas down at Harrison (Central) and bounced back and had a win down there," Moler said. "We were a little rusty at the start."
Jaydon Pearson had 20 points and Lombardo and Jayden Prince each scored 11 against Harrison Central, while Drew Bryant had a career-high 19 points, Prince scored 18 and Lombardo had 10 against Westland.
"After that first loss, we really came together as a team," Bryant said. "We had to work on our offense, but our identity is really our defense. We really work in practice on our defense."
Scioto closes the first round of league play Friday, Jan. 10, at Jerome before beginning the second half Jan. 17 at home against Olentangy Berlin. The Irish defeated the Bears 41-22 on Dec. 6.
Through eight games, Prince was averaging a team-high 13.6 points, followed by Bryant (9.1), Pearson (8.0) and Lombardo (7.9).
"Our offensive skill set isn't about how many points we score, it's about getting good shots," Moler said. "If we do that, we score."
Winning streak ends for girls team
The girls basketball team was 9-3 overall and 4-2 in the OCC-Cardinal before playing Bradley on Jan. 7.
The Irish saw their eight-game winning streak end with a 47-38 overtime loss to Kodak (Tennessee) Northview Senior Academy in the championship game of the Charleston (South Carolina) Invitational on Dec. 30.
Lauren Erickson and Karleigh Rothe each scored nine points against Northview.
Also in the event, the Irish defeated Hopkins (South Carolina) Lower Richland 36-23 on Dec. 27 and beat Goose Creek (South Carolina) 56-54 on Dec. 28.
Scioto lost to Kilbourne 57-46 in a league contest Jan. 3. Erickson had 17 points.
Wrestlers place fifth in home tourney
The wrestling team finished fifth (125.5 points) of 21 teams in its annual Kevin Cleveland Memorial Tournament on Jan. 4, behind champion Oregon Clay (248).
Daniel Segura (152 pounds) and Deron Pulliam (195) won titles, while Dylan Le (113) was runner-up, Donovan Hardin (heavyweight) placed third and Matthew Howard (145) finished fourth.
Below are the coming schedules for the Scioto boys basketball, girls basketball, bowling, gymnastics, hockey, swimming & diving and wrestling teams:
*Jan. 10 -- At Jerome
*Jan. 10 -- Home vs. Jerome. The Irish lost to the Celtics 54-48 on Dec. 3.
*Jan. 9 -- Groveport at Sawmill Lanes
*Jan. 14 -- Hilliard Darby at Ten Pin Alley
*Jan. 15 -- Worthington Kilbourne at Capri Lanes
Jan. 9 -- At *Worthington Kilbourne with Coffman and Jerome
Jan. 11 -- McGee Invitational at Jerome
*Jan. 12 -- DeSales at Chiller Easton
SWIMMING & DIVING
Jan. 10 -- Marysville and Westerville South at Dublin Recreation Center
*Jan. 9 -- Home vs. Hilliard Bradley