Sam Sass hit a three-pointer with 12 seconds remaining as Upper Arlington, for the second time this season, survived a thriller against Dublin Coffman, this time 44-42 for the Ohio Capital Conference Central Division title on Friday night.
With the Golden Bears (20-1, 10-0) trailing 42-38 at the two-minute mark, Dane Goodwin, who beat Coffman with a buzzer-beater on Feb. 3, cut the deficit to one with his third three of the game.
Dominiq Penn, who led the visiting Shamrocks (16-6, 8-2) with 22 points, missed the front end of a one-and-one with 35 seconds left. Goodwin, who scored 16 points, then found Sass open on the next possession for the game-winner.
After Coffman missed its final shot, officials determined there was still 0.8 of a second left, but Griffin Grady’s alley-oop attempt off an inbound pass banked off the back rim.
WESTERVILLE CENTRAL 49, WESTERVILLE SOUTH 45: Thomas Hickman had 15 points, 13 in the second half, to rally Westerville Central (15-7, 6-4) past host Westerville South (12-8, 5-5) in the OCC Buckeye. Hickman scored the last nine points for Central, which trailed 39-35 to start the fourth quarter and 45-35 early in the period before scoring 13 points over the final 2:30 of the game. The Wildcats were paced by Elton Sunnyway’s 13 points.
OLENTANGY ORANGE 61, WESTERVILLE NORTH 58: Matt McCullom’s layup with under two minutes left gave host Olentangy Orange (13-9, 4-6) an upset victory over OCC Buckeye division leader Westerville North (18-4, 8-2). McCullom’s basket gave Orange its first lead since the opening quarter, and the Pioneers converted nine of 10 free throws in the fourth to secure the win.
PICKERINGTON CENTRAL 79, GAHANNA 60: Adrian Nelson had 27 points and Javohn Garcia 22 as Pickerington Central (13-8, 8-2) rolled past host Gahanna (15-7, 5-5) in the second half for an OCC Ohio victory. Nelson made 13 shots from the field. Chase Rankin had 18 points for the Lions, who trailed just 36-34 at halftime.
PICKERINGTON NORTH 79, GROVE CITY 57: Jerome Hunter scored 18 points and Ty Wiley and Jack Sawyer added 17 each as Pickerington North (19-4, 9-1) clinched the OCC Ohio in a rout over host Grove City (11-11, 3-7).
NEWARK 61, CANAL WINCHESTER 49: KeShawn Heard was eight of 14 from the field on his way to a 20-point effort, leading visiting Newark (19-3, 10-0) past Canal Winchester (12-10, 5-5) in the OCC Capital. Heard also grabbed 10 rebounds, one less than JT Shumate, who added 12 points. Brady Snyder led Canal with 15 points and seven rebounds.
DUBLIN SCIOTO 46, DUBLIN JEROME 43: Dapreis Owens had 13 points, including eight free throws, and Dublin Scioto (12-10, 4-8) hit five three-pointers in besting visiting Dublin Jerome (12-9, 6-6) in the OCC Cardinal. Lucas House made nine of 12 shots in scoring 21 points, but Jerome went 0-for-7 from beyond the arc.
THOMAS WORTHINGTON 52, WORTHINGTON KILBOURNE 49: Charlie Mamlin’s three-pointer from 23 feet at the buzzer lifted visiting Thomas Worthington (5-17, 2-10) to an OCC Cardinal victory over Worthington Kilbourne (9-13, 6-6).
WHITEHALL 60, COLUMBUS ACADEMY 45: Rico Bagley scored 10 of his 12 points in the fourth quarter to help Whitehall (13-8, 8-2) pull away from visiting Columbus Academy (17-4, 6-4) to finish with a share of the the MSL Ohio Division. Tyjuan Childers had 14 points for the Rams, who finished 16 of 17 from the free-throw line. Addis Boyle led the Vikings with 16 points.
GRANDVIEW 76, LONDON 52: Luke Lachey’s 20 points helped fuel a 44-15 first-half run as Grandview (18-4, 8-2) cruised to an MSL Ohio win over host London (5-16, 0-10). James Lachey added 17 points for the Bobcats, who finished in a first-place tie with Columbus Academy.
FAIRFIELD UNION 65, LIBERTY UNION 37: Colin Woodside scored a career high 30 points in leading host Fairfield Union (17-4, 12-2) to a win over Liberty Union (6-16, 2-12) and the Mid-State League Buckeye Division title.
WATTERSON 57, READY 56: Cort Marbaugh’s only basket of the game came off an offensive rebound with 1.6 seconds remaining, lifting Watterson (12-9, 6-2) past host Ready (16-4, 6-2) and creating a three-way tie with Hartley in the Central Catholic League. Jimmy Patton led the Eagles with 14 points. Chanc Dawson led Ready with 21 points, including 12 from the line.
DESALES 41, ST. CHARLES 37, OT: Kobe Righter paced DeSales with 13 points and Kayin Derden iced the game with two free throws in overtime, giving the Stallions (10-10, 1-7) a Central Catholic win over visiting St. Charles (5-14, 1-7).
HARTLEY 65, LINDEN 55: Garrett Tipton, needing 19 points to crack 1,000 for his career, scored 25, his third consecutive game with at least 20 points, and Hartley (15-5) downed visiting Linden (11-10) in a nonleague game.