holdover for the Raiders. “Sure, we’re a completely different team from last year with a completely different personality, but that’s not a bad thing. We play like we have to fight for everything we get. And that was the difference.”
That determination and ability to get to the rim powered host Reynoldsburg to a 58-53 victory over Gahanna in an Ohio Capital Conference Ohio Division opener Friday night.
Both teams are considered dark horses behind two-time defending regional champion Pickerington Central.
“I liked how we were able to rebound and finish at the rim,” Reynoldsburg’s Xavier Prince flips up a shot as he falls into Gahanna’s Maceo Williams in the first half. Reynoldsburg coach Scott Davis said. “We were able to grab some of those rebounds and turn them into transition baskets. I liked that, and the fact that a lot of people
contributed when it mattered.”
After falling behind 20-11, Reynoldsburg (2-0, 1-0) responded with a 14-1 run as part of a 17-3 second quarter.
But Gahanna (1-1, 0-1) opened the third quarter on a 14-0 surge for a nine-point lead until the Raiders closed with the final eight points.
The final period was nip and tuck to the final two minutes.
Elijah Thomas gave Gahanna a 49-49 tie when he turned a steal into a three-point play with 1:31 left.
Fort scored on a strong drive with 1:18 left and Nick Wallace nailed a three-pointer to make it 54-49, Raiders, at the 43.9second mark.
Gahanna never got closer than three after that.
Fort finished with 18 points. Sean Moore added 11 points and Willoughby 10 points and nine rebounds.
Gahanna got 16 points from freshman Sean Jones and 15 from Thomas.
“It’s no secret that we’re undersized and we’re going to have fight harder on the glass,” Gahanna coach Tony Staib said. “The game came down to rebounding tonight. They got a lot of second-chance opportunities and made us pay.”