The Groveport Madison boys basketball team completed a roller-coaster season on a downslide, but the Cruisers and coach Ryan Grashel are hoping for better results next season as their top scorer and several other key contributors are eligible to return.
Junior guard Scotty Lomax averaged 13.6 points as well as 1.8 assists to lead Groveport, which finished 10-13 overall with a 73-50 loss at 11th-seeded Westerville South on Feb. 22 in the first round of the Division I district tournament.
Lomax had 14 points, senior forward Devin Singleton scored 11 and senior guard Elijah Monroe added 10 for the Cruisers, who were seeded 30th in the 49-team tournament.
"This season was dictated by injury and sickness," Grashel said. "I really liked how guys stepped up throughout the season and responded to adversity."
Groveport closed the season by losing eight of its last nine games, the final streak in a season that featured several ups and downs.
The Cruisers lost four consecutive games after a 2-0 start, only to reel off a six-game winning streak from Dec. 21-Jan. 10. That got Groveport to a season-high four games over .500, a mark they equaled at 9-5 before losing five in a row to end January.
The Cruisers' only win in the final month of the season was on Feb. 4, 60-44 over Lancaster.
Groveport went 4-6 in the OCC-Capital Division to finish fourth behind champion Newark (9-1), which won its fourth consecutive league championship. The Cruisers handed the Wildcats their only league loss, 68-56 on Jan. 3.
Lomax earned first-team all-league and honorable mention all-district honors.
Senior guard Elijah Monroe (9.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists) was named second-team all-league. Junior guard Elyjah Aekins (6.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.7 steals, 1.9 assists), who missed six games, was named special mention all-league and sophomore guard Marlon Elliott Jr. (4.9 points) was honorable mention all-league.
According to Grashel, the Cruisers were without senior forward Devin Singleton for 12 games.
Also eligible to return is sophomore guard Abubakar Diallo, who averaged 7.1 points.
As part of OCC realignment, the Cruisers will be in the Buckeye Division next year with Central Crossing, Lancaster, Newark, Pickerington Central and Reynoldsburg.