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ANNOUNCEMENTS

YOUTH BASKETBALL CAMP DATES ANNOUNCED

Dublin Scioto Boy's Basketball will again be conducting youth basketball camps this summer.

Camp dates are as follows:
Fundamental Camp, July 6-9, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, boys grades 3-8
Shooting Camp, July 13-16, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, boys grades 3-8

Download a Word Version "Camp Application for 2015" or a PDF Version "Camp Application for 2015"

Or register on-line and pay with a credit card CLICK HERE


BERG, POTHOVEN AND SCHAFER PICK UP POST SEASON HONORS

With the regular season complete and post season play well under way, Scott Berg, Nick Pothoven and Justin Schafer recently picked up several post season honors. Berg was named 2nd team All Conference in the OCC Cardinal Division while also being named Honorable Mention All Central District in Division I.

Pothoven was named Honorable Mention All Conference in the OCC Cardinal Division and was also named Honorable Mention All Central District in Division I.

Schafer was named Scholar Athlete in the OCC Cardinal Division for his work in the classroom and on the court.

Congratulations to all three Irish players on their well deserved honors.


IRISH SEASON ENDS WITH LOSS TO THE CELTICS

The Irish took on the Celtics from Dublin Jerome in a sectional game on Friday night as they tried to avenge two earlier season defeats and advance in tournament play. Despite a strong start and solid play early, the Irish would ultimately fall to the Celtics 50-36.

The Irish looked well rested coming off a two week break as they jumped out quickly on the Celtics. Nick Pothoven, who was playing two weeks after breaking two bones in his finger, scored the first basket for the Irish on a beautiful drive to the basket. Scott Berg would then get free inside for two and Jason Greiwe would go coast to coast for a layup to ignite the Irish fans. Shortly after, Brandon Vertolli would score to make give the Irish an 8-2 lead. Jerome slowly clawed their way back as they would knock down two three pointers and convert a transition opportunity to take their first lead of the game. The rest of the quarter was back and forth and after one the Celtics were clinging to a 14-12 lead.

The Celtics quickly extended their lead in the second quarter as they took advantage of a couple Irish turnovers. The Irish also hit a drought offensively as they couldn't connect on several good looks and quickly found themsevles down by 12. Vertolli would finally get the Irish going as he completed an old fashioned three point play and knocked down a couple of free throws. The Irish did a good job of keeping this one close, and at the half they trailed 28-20.

The third quarter found both teams struggling to find any rythm. This was due to a compbination of solid defense and both teams struggling to shoot the ball. The Irish would finally get something going as Pothoven would knock down the first triple of the night for the Irish. Scott Berg would also knock down a jumper before Vertolli knocked down two free throws after a Celtic technical foul. The Irish did just enough to win the third quarter and they found themselves witin striking distance trailing 34-27 entering the fourth.

With one quarter to go and a trip to the district semi finals on the line, the Celtics came out with great energy. They quickly jumpled on the Irish and pushed the lead to double digits. The Irish tried to cut into the lead, but couldn't find a rythm offensively. The Irish also struggled to string defensive stops together as the Celtics continued to increase their lead. With just under two minutes to go the Celtics emptied their bench and the celebration began. In the end the Celtics would knock off the Irish for the third time this season and advance with a 50-36 victory.

The Irish would end their season with a 9-14 record. Vertolli would lead the Irish with 14 points while Pothoven added 6. Berg, Greiwe, and Brandon would chip in 4 and Paul Lombardo and Justin Schafer would add 2 each. Berg and Pothoven would lead the way on the glass with 6 and 5 rebounds respectively. Seniors Scott Berg and Justin Schafer would play their final game for the Irish. We thank both of them for their commitment to the Irish program and wish them the best of luck in the future.


IRISH BASKETBALL CAMP DATES ANNOUNCED

The Irish have announced the dates for their summer youth basketball camp. The Irish will once again be hosting a Fundamentals Camp and a Shooting Camp. Please check back as the camp application will be posted soon.

Fundamentals Camp: July 6-9, 2015 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Shooting Camp July 13-16, 2015 9:00 AM-12:00 PM


IRISH ALUM EWING PICKS UP ALL CONFERENCE HONOR

Irish alum and Marietta College junior RaNeal Ewing has bee named 1st Team All Conference in the OAC. The junior guard led the Pioneers in scoring averaging 13 point per game. He was also one of the league leaders in 3 point percentage connecting at a 43.5% clip.

Ewing will look to lead the Pioneers on a deep run in the NCAA DIII Tournament. They will host Medaille College in first round action this Friday at 8:00 pm.


IRISH ALUM ASHWILL EARNS WEEKLY HONOR

Former Irish star and current Mount Vernon Nazarence sophomore Josh Ashwill, has been named Crossroads League Player of the week. Ashwill had a huge week for the Cougars as he totaled 36 points, 7 rebounds, and four assists in games against Grace College and Indiana Wesleyan. In the two games Ashwill shot 68.8% from the field, 66.7% from three point range and 80% from the foul line.

In the game against Grace College Ashwill scored a career high 26 points while adding 5 boards, 3 assists and 2 steals. The Cougars fell in the conference semi finals to top ranked Indiana Wesleyan.


IRISH DROP HEARTBREAKER ON SENIOR NIGHT

It was Senior Night on Friday as the Irish hosted the Indians from Canal Winchester. The Irish were looking to gain a season split with the Indians after dropping a road contest to them a few weeks ago. The Irish would be without Nick Pothoven on this night as he was sidelined with an injury. In one of the most exciting games of the year, the Irish played with great effort and enthusiasm from the opening tip. This one would go into double overtime before the Irish would fall 56-55 on a last second basket by the Indians.

Both teams were on fire over the first few minutes. Three point baskets were flying in from all over the court as the first quarter produced some up and down action. Scott Berg, Brandon Vertolli and Paul Lombardo would all strike from deep for the Irish. The Indians would not be denied as it seemed they were scoring every time down the floor. The Irish hit a mini slump late in the first quarter and the Indians would take advantage as they jumped out to a 23-15 lead after one.

The Irish would tighten up defensively in the second quarter as they closed out on the shooters a little quicker and did a good job on the defensive boards. Brandon Vertolli would knock down 2 straight baskets and Justin Schafer converted a beautiful tip in to spark the Irish. The Indians finally got on the board with three minutes gone in the second quarter to stop the Irish run. Scott Bert would knock down a 15 foot jumper and Schafer would add one of his own to close the gap. A late basket by the Indians would give them a little breathing room as they took a 29-25 lead into the half.

The third quarter produced back and forth action as neither team was able to separate themselves. The Irish would go on a 6-0 run midway through the period to grab the lead. Paul Lombardo was huge for the Irish in the period as he scored six big points. Strong shooting and solid defense were enough as they Irish would head into the fourth quarter clinging to a 37-36 lead.

The fourth quarter was highlighted by both teams hitting some tough shots. Schafer was huge for the Irish as he would knock down 2 three pointers in the period. Berg would add two baskets of his own and with a little over a minute to play the game was tied. After a timeout the Irish would hold the ball looking for the last shot and the win. The Irish played it perfectly as Justin Schafer would have a mid range shot at the buzzer for the win. Unfortunately for the Irish it would not fall as both teams would head to overtime.

In overtime both team would miss chances to grab the lead before the Irish once again held the ball looking for the last shot. The Irish once again did not capitalize on the opportunity and after a scoreless first overtime period they would go to a second overtime still tied at 47.

Both teams came out a little more aggressive in the second overtime period. Scott Berg would get free inside for the Irish and Dimetri Brandon would knock down 2 free throws. Brendan Snyder would convert a couple of baskets for the Indians and after two more Indians free throws they would take a two point lead with under a minute to play. The Irish would once again call timeout looking to set up a final play. Dimetri Brandon would take the inbounds pass and drive into the gap where he pulled up for a 12 foot jumper. Brandon would drain the jumper and was fouled. The basket tied the score sending Brandon to the line. He would calmly drain the free throw to give the Irish a 1 point lead. The Indians would call timeout setting up the final seconds. Brendan Snyder calmly dribbled up the floor before he attacked from the right wing. With the seconds ticking down he would pull up for a 15 foot jumper and drain the basket at the buzzer to give the Indians a 56-55 victory. It was a heart breaking defeat for an Irish team that had competed for 40 minutes.

Playing his final home game for the Irish Senior Scott Berg would lead the way with 15 points. Senior Justin Schafer would chip in 11 points along with Paul Lombardo. Vertolli would add 9, Dimetri Brandon 5, Jason Greiwe and Brian Johnson 2. Vertolli would lead the Irish on the glass with 8 while Schafer added 7 and Berg 6. The Irish will be back in action on March 6th when they play the winner of the Dublin Jerome/Central Crossing game in a Sectional Final.


IRISH FROSH FINISH SEASON WITH CONVINCING WIN

In their season-ending re-match against conference rival Canal Winchester, the Scioto Frosh played one of their best games of the year. Jones led the Irish to a strong start by personally outscoring the Indians 7-1 in the opening minutes. Interrupted only by a Wolters 3-pointer, he continued his one-man assault to push the Irish ahead 13-6 after one quarter. Canal Winchester fought back in the second quarter by hitting several outside shots, but the Irish responded with good team play to keep their offense going. By halftime, Coach Duzan had gotten every player on the Irish roster some floor time and the team had responded by posting a 26-22 lead going into the locker room.

A couple of quick 3�s in the opening minutes put Canal Winchester in the lead for the first time. The Irish offense and rebounding effort began to sputter against the extended 2-3 zone and press deployed by the Indians. It looked as if the Irish might get bogged down and allow the Indians to surge ahead. Instead, Jones led the Irish team defense into an energetic push with increased perimeter pressure and steals turned into baskets. The Frosh exploded for an evenly distributed 18 points in the quarter and a 44-36. In the fourth, more team defense and key offensive contributions by Irish reserves Julius Wandabwa (5 pts.), Barnett (3 pts.), and Wolters (2 pts.) allowed the Irish to sustain and then extend their lead. At the final buzzer, the Irish had put together an impressive all-around effort to avenge their earlier loss to the Indians and to secure a convincing season-ending victory with a score of 63-45. The Frosh ended their season with an overall record of 8-14 (5- 9 in the conference).


IRISH TOURNAMENT DRAW COMPLETE

The annual tournament draw was held Sunday February 15th and the Irish have a first round buy. The Irish will play the winner of the Dublin Jeromoe/Central Crossing game on Friday March 6th @ 7:00 pm. If Jerome wins, they will host the Irish. If Central Crossing wins the Irish would host the Comets. The Dublin Jerome/Central Crossing game will be played on Saturday February 28th at 1:00 PM at Jerome.


STRONG FOURTH QUARTER HELP THE JAGUARS HOLD OFF THE IRISH

The Irish traveled to Hilliard Bradley on Friday night and for three quarters had the Jaguars on the ropes. Hot shooting and a strong fourth quarter would turn out to be too much for the Irish to overcome and they would eventually fall 66-58.

The Irish came out of the gate strong as they would go toe to toe with the Jaguars. Jason Greiwe would knock down a couple of perimeter jumpers including a three from the top of the key. Jackson Murphy would score 10 early points for the Jaguars, but a Nick Pothoven jumper at the 1st quarter buzzer would make the scored 14-13 Jaguars after one.

The Irish continued their strong play in the second quarter as they were hot from the field. Justin Schafer would spark the Irish as he would knock down a triple and convert a put back inside to to give the Irish the lead. The Jaguars would battle right back as they would knock down a triple of their own and convert an Irish turnover into a layup at the other end. This back and forth quarter would end with the Irish holding a 29-28 halftime lead.

Neither team would be able to gain control in the third quarter as both teams traded baskets. The Jaguars would heat up from deep as they would knock down several triples. The Irish would have an answer every time led by Schafer and Greiwe. Just when you thought the Jaguars would seize controle the Irish knock down a triple, get a steal or get a key stop. With only one quarter to play the Jagaurs and the Irish were deadlocked at 45.

The Jaguars would continue their hot shooting to start the fourth period and quickly pushed the lead to six. Schafer would knock down another three for the Irish to close the gap. The Irish were unable to get a couple of key stops as the Jaguars slowly gained control. With only a cople of minutes left the Irish were still within striking distance as they trailed by six. Brandon Vertolli and Scott Berg were both fouled on drives and were able to convert their free throws. The Irish were forced to start fouling and to put the Jaguars at the line. The Jaguars would knock down four in a row to extend their lead. Pothoven would be fouled on a three point attemtp and would convert all three free throws. The Irish would be unable to get any closer as the Jaguars were strong at the line to end the game and were able to walk away with a 66-58 victory.

Justin Schafer was huge for the Irish as he came off the bench to score 15 points. Greiwe would add 12 while Vertolli would chip in with 9 pts. Pothoven added 7, Berg 6, Lombardo 4, Brandon 3, and Johnson 2. The Irish are off until next Friday when they host Canal Winchester for Senior Night.


IRISH FROSH DROP HEARTBREAKER AT BRADLEY

The Frosh started strong in their rematch against the Bradley Jaguars. The first three Bradley possessions resulted in turnovers that the Irish used to jump out to a 7-0 lead. Although a few Irish lapses on defense kept Bradley from falling too far behind, the Irish offense was humming along to a 16-8 lead after one period. In the second, the Irish defense kept Bradley in check and Brechbuhler�s offense (6 pts. in the quarter, 12 pts. total) contributed to a 25-15 lead at the half.

The Jaguars showed some resolve coming out of the half, streaking to some easy baskets and quickly reducing the lead to 29-24. The Irish took a turn showing some resilience and regained their 10 pt. advantage with contributions by Judd Wandabwa (4pts. in quarter, 8 total) and Jones (4pt. in quarter). Although they surrendered a final basket in another defense slip, the Irish ended the quarter still in control at 34-26. In the fourth, the Irish combination of zone and man-to-man seemed to produce more defensive lapses than stops. Bradley also began to hit outside shots and tightened the game to within one basket with 3:10 left. The sputtering Irish offense produced only one field goal in the period, a floater by Wolters that pushed the lead back to five but also took him out for the night with an injured ankle. With 50 seconds remaining the Irish clung to a 40-37 lead. A this point, the Irish defense lost track of the wrong Bradley player who managed to hit a corner three to knot it up with 16 seconds to play. Coming out of time out, the Irish got a off a shot and put back but neither would drop. The teams finished regulation at 40 apiece, and headed to overtime.

In the extra 3 minutes, the Irish initially pushed ahead, but Bradley fought back with strong rebounding and good passing to get inside baskets. With the game tied at 44 and 18 seconds remaining, Bradley had a chance to get the win. However, the Irish defense held and it was on to another overtime period. In this extra time, a basket by Bradley was followed quickly by a Jones three (10 pts. total for game), an then two free throws by Bradley to leave the Irish trailing 48-47. An Irish turnover followed by an impressive scoop drive by Bradley added to their lead. The Irish offense continued to stall, unable to hit outside shots, get anything closer and losing the rebound battle on both ends of the court. The Irish were forced to foul, but Bradley proved too competent at the free throw line (hitting 9 of 13 in the extra period) completing their comeback and stealing a victory from the Irish by a final of 55-49.


IRISH SWEEP THE PANTHERS

The Irish hosted the Hilliard Darby Panthers on Tuesday night as they looked to complete the season sweep. The Irish jumped out to a quick start and held on late despite some poor free throw shooting to pick up a 52-42 victory.

The Irish came out of the gate quickly as they played with great energy from the opening tip. The Irish contained the Panthers early by playing solid man to man defense and keeping them off the foul line. Scott Berg and Nick Pothoven got the Irish started offensively as they both were hot from the field. The Panthers made a mini run at the end of the quarter, but the Irish still led 15-11 after one.

The Irish cooled off from the field in the second quarter as the Panthers stepped up their defensive intensity. Jason Greiwe finished two nice moves inside to keep the Irish in the lead. The Panthers would again make a run as they knocked down two deep triples to cut into the Irish lead. The Irish did just enough over the final two minutes of the half to maintain their lead and make the score 21-19 at the break.

The Irish would once again come out of the locker room quickly as they jumped on the Panthers with nine quick points. Greiwe, Pothoven and Vertolli would all score for the Irish and then Paul Lombardo would knock down a corner three to give the Irish their largest lead of the night. As was the case in the second quarter, the Panthers would not go away as they slowly clawed their way back. The Irish were not able to capitalize on a couple of easy opportunities and the Panthers made them pay as they would once again strike from downtown to cut the lead to single digits. The Panthers would continue their strong play to finish the quarter while the Irish would go cold from the field. At the end of three the Panthers had the cut the Irish lead to 35-31.

The Panthers picked up their defensive intensity to start the final period as they could feel the momentum swinging. Just when you thought the Irish lead could be slipping away, Lombardo knocked down his second triple of the night to give the Irish breathing room. The next few minutes saw both teams struggle to score as the Irish continued to hold a seven point lead. Once again this one would come down to foul shooting as the Panthers had not choice but to start fouling. The Irish missed several key free throws over the final two minutes, but they got key stops when then needed and where able to hang on for a 52-42 victory.

The Irish would have three players score in double figures, led by Pothoven with 12 points. Vertolli would add 11 and Berg 10 pts and 8 rebounds. Greiwe would chip in 8 points and 6 rebounds. The Irish travel to Hilliard Bradley on Friday as they try to split the season series with the Jaguars.


IRISH FROSH PICK UP HOME VICTORY OVER THE PANTHERS

The Irish Frosh and the visiting Darby Panthers both got off to a slow start, the first couple minutes produced only a few missed free throws and no points for each side. The Irish were the first to show signs of life, hitting some short jumpers and turning offensive rebounds into second chance baskets. Although the Irish defense also gave up some too-easy baskets, the Frosh led 12-8 after one quarter. In the second, the Irish clamped down, limiting Darby�s opportunities and allowing them just five points in the quarter. Behind Wallace (4 pts.) and Brechbuhler (5 pts.) the Irish offense posted another solid quarter to hold a 24-13 halftime lead.

After the break, Darby came out in a 2-3 zone that, at least initially, stifled the Irish offense. The Irish struggled to get the ball into good shooting locations and so stalled on offense. Several missed defensive assignments and easy baskets for Darby brought them closer but still down 33-28 after three quarters. Near the start of the fourth, Darby was already in the bonus and looked poised to make the game a nail-biter. A driving lay-up and hard fall to the floor by Penn seemed to knock the Irish offense out of its funk, but it also sent their starting point guard to the bench with a hurt knee. The rest of the team responded, however, working hard defensively, getting rebounds and hitting enough shots to extend their lead to 41-32 with two minutes left. The final minutes became a free throw contest for the Irish, with Darby fouling and trying to hit threes to catch up. The strategy drew out the game, but the Irish hit just enough free throws to hold off any serious attempt at a comeback. At the final buzzer, the Irish had secured a 51-44 victory and a sweep of the Panthers for the season. The Irish scoring leaders were Wallace (15 pts.) and Jones (14 pts.).


IRISH UPEND THE PIONEERS

Fresh off an emotional game the night before, the Irish traveled to Jonathan Alder on Saturday night for their final non-conference match-up of the season. The Irish started quickly and then withstood a final rally by the Pioneers to hold on for a 32-30 victory.

The Irish would jump out to a quick lead as Scott Berg would get the Irish going offensively. Jason Greiwe would then get in on the action with a couple of nice finished inside. The Irish were then unable to capitalize on a couple of open looks as the Pioneers started to settle in. A couple of late baskets by Jonathan Alder would make the score 10-4 Scioto after one.

The Irish started to find their rhythm offensively in the second quarter. Berg, Dimetri Brandon, Brandon Vertolli and Nick Pothoven all contributed baskets to keep the Irish rolling. The Pioneers started to slowly claw their way back as they knocked down a couple of deep threes to cut into the Irish lead. The Irish again missed a few easy opportunities inside and the Pioneers capitalized to cut the deficit to just three. Pothoven would miss a deep three with only a few seconds left, but he would secure the long rebound and drain a jumper from the wing at the halftime buzzer to make the score 23-18.

After an early Irish basket, the Pioneers began their comeback as they would score seven consecutive points to tie the game at 25. The Irish struggled to get anything going in the third, but Berg would drain his second three of the game and Brian Johnson would convert a put back to help the Irish regain the lead and make the score 30-25 at the end of three.

With the lead entering the fourth the Irish were conservative offensively as they looked to convert easy layups at the Pioneers extended their defense. Unfortunately the Irish turned the ball over several times which gave the Pioneers the opening they were looking for. After they knocked down a triple to cut the Irish lead to two, you could feel the momentum changing sides. The Irish converted two free throws to once again increase their lead, but the Pioneers would answer setting up a down to the wire finish. The Irish would miss a couple of chances at the foul line and the Pioneers would get possession with a chance to win the game. After a Pioneer timeout they set up the final play. They were able to get two clean looks from three, but each shot was off the mark and the Irish escaped with a 32-30 victory.

Scott Berg was the only Irish player in double figures as he led the way with 13 points. Jason Greiwe and Nick Pothoven would lead the way on the glass with 6 rebounds each. The Irish are back in action Tuesday evening as they host Hilliard Darby.


IRISH FROSH PICK UP ROAD WIN OVER THE PIONEERS

The Irish faced the Jonathon Alder Pioneers in their final non-conference game of the season. The game started slow for both teams, with poor ball handling and turnovers limiting the Pioneers, and missed shots keeping the Irish from posting much of a lead. The first quarter ended with a slight 8-6 lead for Scioto. In the second, the Irish ball pressure kept Alder from getting many good shots, but they kept pace with their free throw shooting. The Irish offense looked confident but could not to take advantage of all their opportunities, settling for a just an 18-15 edge at the half.

In the third, the Frosh continued to play solid defense, but Alder battled back and took a lead. The sputtering Irish offense could not break through until Brechbuhler finally turned the tide by swishing a couple of 3-pointers. These baskets and the 25-24 lead they provided at the close of the three quarter seemed to spark the Irish into action. They began the fourth quarter with a 13-5 run, including another pair of treys by Brechbuhler, that gave Scioto a 38-29 lead. The Pioneers immediately fought back with their own 5-point run to get themselves within easy striking range and getting fans ready for a tight finish. Down the stretch, however, the Irish showed some resilience, handled the Alder press well enough, and refused to let Alder get any closer. At the final buzzer, the Irish had secured a 42-35 victory. In addition to Brechbuhler's impressive 16 point total, the Irish got key offensive contributions from Penn (9 pts., including 5-7 free throws), Judd Wandabwa (8 pts.), and Nanthavongdouangsy (7 pts.).


SLOW START TOO MUCH FOR THE IRISH TO OVERCOME

With the largest crowd of the year in attendance, the Irish were looking to use that energy to jump on the Celtics. Unfortunately for the Irish it was the Celtics that came out quickly and their early lead was too much to overcome as the Irish would fall 57-47.

The Irish were looking to avenge their early season loss the the Celtics, but it was clear early that the Celtics had other ideas. They came out in the same 1-3-1 defense that gave the Irish problems last time and the Irish continued to have difficulty on the offensive end. The Celtics were able to turn their defense into offense as they converted quick outlets and Irish turnovers into layups and dunks. They also were deadly from the perimeter as they knocked down multiple threes. The Irish could feel this one slipping away early and at the end of the first period they trailed 17-2.

The Celtics started quickly again in the second quarter as an early three put them ahead 20-2. The Irish would then start to settle down and beging their comeback. Scott Berg would knock down a triple and Nick Pothoven would hit deep threes from each wing to cut into the Celtics lead. Jason Greiwe would then finish two baskets in the post and Berg would hit a beautiful floater to complete the Irish scoring in the quarter. The Celtics did enought to keep a comfortable lead, but at the half their lead was cut to 27-17.

The third quarter was back and forth with both teams having little spurts. The Celtics were able to capitalize on a couple of Irish turnovers, but the Irish would answer when Pothoven and Paul Lombardo both knocked down triples for the Irish. Berg would get free inside for another score and the Irish were still within striking distance even though they trailed 37-26 after three.

The fourth quarter saw they Irish quickly cut into the Celtics lead as Berg would hit another three and Brandon Vertolli would convert an old fashioned three point play. With their lead cut to six, the Celtics began taking some time off the clock with 5:00 left in the game. The Irish were looking to score quickly each time they got the ball and Vertolli would continually drive the lane picking up fouls. He was solid at the foul line which helped keep the Irish alive. With under two minutes to play and still down 10, the Irish were forced to begin fouling. The Celtics were solid at the line down the stretch and the Irish were unable to complete the comeback. In the end the early deficit was just too much to overcome and the Irish would fall 57-47.

Berg had a great night for the Irish as he was 6-7 from the field and led the Irish with 16 points. Vertolli would add 11, Pothoven chipped in with 9 and the 3 three pointers. Greiwe would add 6 points and 4 rebounds, while Lombardo scored 3 and Justin Schafer 2. The Irish have a quick turnaround as they travel to Jonathan Alder Saturday night for a non-conference game.


THE CETLTICS TOO MUCH FOR IRISH FROSH

The Jerome Celtics visited Scioto for their second match-up of the season. In the opening minutes the game was tight; both teams managed a couple of early baskets but neither appear to have a clear edge. About mid-way through the quarter, however, the Celtics began to pull ahead. In a familiar story, the Frosh could not get the ball inside, had difficulties getting clean outside looks, and missed the outside shots that they did take. The quarter ended with the Irish behind 4-14. The Irish offensive difficulties continued in third quarter, where they did not make a single field goal and totaled just 4 points from the free-throw line. The Celtic offense, in contrast, had hit their stride, repeatedly pushing the ball inside for easy lay-ins, fouls, or both. After two quarters, the Irish were down 8-23.

Coming out of the locker room, the Irish were hampered by poor passing and ball handling. Jerome came out hitting jump shots to post a 15-point run and push their lead to 38-8. A short offense burst by the Irish, fueled by a few three-point shots and a few driving buckets by Nanthavongdouangsy cut the margin and provided some glimmer of hope. A missed three by the Irish transitioned into a made three by the Celtics and the impressive lead went back to 17. Still, just 15 seconds into the fourth quarter, the Irish had more hope as they were in the bonus and would be shooting free throws on every foul the rest of the night. Unfortunately, the Frosh could not exploit this advantage or get their offense to come back to life. The Jerome sustained their solid play at both ends of he court and finished with a 28-45 victory over the Irish. On the night, the Irish hit just 3 three pointers, shot 64% from the free throw line, and no Irish player managed double digits in scoring.


8TH RANKED WILDCATS KNOCK OFF THE IRISH

Looking to build on a three game winning streak, the Irish traveled to Westerville South on Tuesday night to take on the 8th ranked Wildcats. The Irish jumped out to a quick seven point lead, but it would not last long as the Wildcats came roaring back and would cruise to a 72-44 victory.

Scott Berg would get the Irish off a quick start when he nailed a jumper from deep. Paul Lombardo and Brandon Vertolli would also add baskets for the Irish to push them to an early lead. The Wildcats would not be down for long as they turned up the defensive pressure and pushed the ball in transition to convert easy baskets. The Wildcats would then take their first lead of the game on a three pointer at the first quarter buzzer.

The second quarter did not get any better for the Irish as they found it difficult to score. The Wildcats used their height and length to dominate the defensive glass which led to easy baskets on the other end. The Irish did their best to stay within striking range as Lombardo and Vertolli would score a combined 14 first half points. The score at the break was 35-18 Irish.

Facing a 17 point deficit to start the second half the Irish were looking for a quick start to close the gap. Unfortunately the Wildcats would not let down and continued to extend their lead. Nick Pothoven would finally get going for the Irish as he would score inside, convert an old fashioned three point play and knock down a three pointer from the wing for 8 third quarter points. Unfortunately the Irish had no answers on the defensive end as the Wildcats continued to score with ease. With the game firmly in control the Wildcats would go deep into their bench in the fourth quarter. The Irish would continue to play hard to the final horn. Justin Schafer gave great minutes for the Irish in the second half. Schafer would knock down 2 triples and convert to other baskets to score 10 second half points. In the end the Wildcats looked every bit the 8th ranked team in the state as they would cruise to a 72-44 victory.

Schafer would lead the Irish with 10 points while Vertolli would add 9 and Pothoven 8. Berg would lead the Irish on the glass with 6 rebounds. The Irish look to put this one behind them as they prepare for a big cross town match-up with Dublin Jerome on Friday evening.


SHORT-HANDED IRISH FROSH FALL TO WILDCATS

The Frosh were without the services of two regular starters when they visited Westerville North. Mitchell was out ill and did not make the trip. Penn had injured his hand in practice and could not play after the first minutes.

After a slow start that put them down 14-2, the Irish had to play from behind and work hard to get themselves back in within reach the rest of the game. Throughout the night, the Wildcats played an aggressive man-to-man defense that kept the Irish offense off balance and created lots of turnovers. At the same time, the bigger Wildcat front line provided a challenge for the Scioto rebounders at both ends of the court. At the break, the Irish were down 25-11.

The Irish would start the third quarter with a short run. A Wildcat steal and easy lay-up, however, ended the run and put Westerville back in rhythm. Although they played tough to the final buzzer, too many turnovers and poor free throw shooting (2 of 11 on the night) kept the Irish from ever making a serious run or cutting the lead into single digits. They fell by a final score of 37-48. Brechbuhler (11 pts.) and Jones (10 pts.) provided most of the Irish offense.


IRISH WIN THIRD IN A ROW AS THEY KNOCK OFF THE WARRIORS

The Irish had five players score eight or more points as they avenged an early season defeat and knocked off the Warriors from Westerville North 59-52. The win gave the Irish their first three game win streak of the season.

Coming off a last second win on Tuesday night, the Irish were looking to build on that momentum against the Warriors. The first quarter was back and forth as both teams had their moments. The Irish continued their recent trend of shooting the ball well. Scott Berg and Nick Pothoven would knock down early shots to get the Irish rolling. The Warriors would stay close as Corey Benton and Austin Armwood each would knock down early jumpers. The Irish would do a good job on the defensive glass as they were able to hold the Warriors to just one shot. The Irish also played an aggressive brand of man to man defense that led to multiple steals. Their strong shooting continued the entire first half and at the break the held a 31-24 lead.

The Irish picked up right where they left off in the third quarter as they continued to put the ball in the hole while making things difficult for the Warriors on the defensive end. The Irish seemed to answer each Warrior basket and with a couple of easy baskets to finish they quarter they were able to push their lead to 47-36.

The Warriros were able to cut into the Irish lead with a couple of easy baskets to start the fourth quarter. Unlike some games earlier in the season, the Irish never seemed to get rattled and calmly had an answer each time you thought the momentum may be changing hands. Brandon Vertolli would knock down some key free throws in the fourth quarter and Dimetri Brandon made some key baskets down the stretch to help bring this one home for the Irish. When the final buzzer sounded the Irish had a 59-52 victory and a three game winning streak.

Scott Berg led the Irish with 17 points, Vertolli and Brandon added 11 while Pothoven chipped in with 10. Jason Greiwe added 8 pts and 10 rebounds and Paul Lombardo finished with 2 points. The Irish continue conference play on Tuesday night as they travel to #8 ranked Westerville South.


IRISH FROSH CAN'T KEEP UP WITH THE WARRIORS

In their second match-up of the year, the Irish Frosh lost convincingly to the Westerville North Warriors. Down by ten at the half, the Irish mustered only 8 second-half points and lost by a final of 25-50.

From the start and throughout the night, the Irish were unable to penetrate the Warrior's 2-3 zone and repeatedly settled for long-range shots. Unfortunately, Scioto's outside game was not up to the task and the Irish hit just a single 3pt field goal all night. The Frosh were no better at the free throw line, going 6 for 16 (38%). The Warrior's offense, in contrast, showed no such problems, exhibiting a series of hard drives that ended in jumpers or crisp passes that got converted into lay-ups or three point buckets. With 6 points, Mitchell was the leading scorer, while three others (Mielke, Penn, Wallace) tied for the next highest total with 4 points each. Tellingly, and in one of the only true Irish highlights of the night, Mielke netted all 4 of his points on a single play just before the half.


POTHOVEN KNOCKS DOWN A BUZZER BEATING THREE TO HELP THE IRISH KNOCK OFF THE WARHAWKS

The Irish started the second round of play as they took on the Westerville Central Warhawks Tuesday night and this game proved to be as exciting as their first contest. In a back and forth game this one was not decided until the final horn as Nick Pothoven would knock down a three pointer from the corner to give the Irish a 54-51 victory and a season sweep over the Warhawks.

Things did not start well for the Irish as Westerville Central came out with great energy looking to secure their first conference win of the season. The Irish did not match their intensity and with only a couple minutes gone in the game they found themselves trailing 9-0. Coach Moler would call a quick timeout and the Irish would respond with a 12-0 run sparked by three pointers by Pothoven and Paul Lombardo. The Warhawks would answer with another 9-0 run of their own to take an 18-12 lead at the end of one.

Shooting the ball as well as they have in weeks, the Irish continued their assault from deep as Dimetri Brandon and Scott Berg would knock down deep triples to get the Irish going in the second quarter. The Irish defense stiffened in the second period to make things difficult for the Warhawks. The smaller Irish also began to rebound aggressively limiting the Warhawks to just one shot. The hot shooting by the Irish allowed them to go into the half with a 27-26 lead.

The third quarter was back and forth as neither team was able to establish the momentum. Jason Greiwe would have five quick points for the Irish in the quarter including a three from the top of the key. Two quick turnovers by the Irish led to easy transition buckets for the Warhawks as they were able to recapture the lead. Scott Berg would continue his hot shooting knocking down another three to give the Irish a 43-40 lead after three and setting up an exciting fourth quarter.

The fourth quarter saw both teams play with great intensity as they both felt the win was within their grasp. The Irish switched between man and a 2-3 zone defense in the quarter trying to give the Warhawks different looks. The switching defenses seemed to work as it slowed down the athletic Warhawks. On the offensive end the Irish continued to shoot the ball well as Berg would knock down his third triple of the night. Lombardo and Greiwe would also add to the Irish scoring in the fourth quarter as they both played one of their best games of the year. The back and forth game would come down to the final minute as the Irish clung to a 51-49 lead with 22 seconds left. Will Maynus of Westerville Central would get a good look along the baseline but was unable to convert with under 10 seconds left. There was a scramble for the loose ball and Erron James would come up with it and convert a layup with 3 second left to tie it for the Warhawks. The Irish called timeout hoping to set up the winning shot. The Irish would throw it the length of the court but the Warhawks would knock the ball out of bounds under the Irish basket with .6 seconds left. Having no timeouts left the Irish would run one of their out of bounds plays looking for the win. Pothoven would run off a double screen and received the pass in the corner before rising for a three pointer. The ball would bounce off the front of the rim, hit the backboard and rattle around before falling through the net to give the Irish a thrilling 54-51 victory and a season sweep over the Warhawks!

Jason Greiwe would play his best game of the year for the Irish as he would lead them in scoring with 12 points. Berg would add 11, Lombardo 9, Pothoven and Vertolli 8 and Brandon 6. Pothoven and Greiwe would lead the Irish on the glass with 6 rebounds each. The Irish are back in action on Friday night as they travel to Westerville North for another conference game.


IRISH FROSH HANG ON TO KNOCK OFF THE WARHAWKS

Sparked by a block, steal and basket by Penn, and with three-pointers by Jones and Brechbuhler, the Irish Frosh jumped out to an impressive 9-1 lead against the visiting Westerville Central Warhawks. In the remainder of the first half the pace was slowed by fouls and free-throw shooting, and both teams struggled to get into any sort of productive rhythm. Still, the Irish managed to post a 24-19 lead at the half.

In the third quarter, the Irish shined as a team and erupted with an impressive offensive effort. The Irish shot well from the outside, but also relied on offensive boards to get second or third chances, and crisp passing to get open looks. As the Irish lead increased, tensions mounted and the Irish also capitalized on two Warhawk technical fouls. When the third quarter ended, the Irish were up 46-30 and looked ready to cruise to victory. Westerville, however, refused to give up and began the fourth with a 16-1 run fueled by complacency, turnovers, and sloppy play on the part of the Irish. A three point play by Nanthavongdouangsy ended the Westerville run, and seemed to settle the Irish down and put them back on track. With more than four minutes remaining and up by just 5 points, however, the Irish still had work to do. Good free throw shooting, rebounding, and better team defense allowed the Irish to hold on and secure a final 66-58 victory. As evidence of the team effort, five Irish players finished the night in double figures including starters Penn (10), Jones (16) and Nanthavongdouangsy (10), and reserves Brechbuhler (10) and Erickson (11). The Irish were aided by their solid performance at the free throw line, hitting 70% of their attempts and netting 30 points total (9 of 10 for Erickson), including 12 in the fourth quarter to maintain their lead.


BIG FOURTH QUARTER PROPELS IRISH TO VICTORY

The Irish were back in action Saturday night less than 24 hours after dropping a road contest at Canal Winchester the night before. A huge fourth quarter by Brandon Vertolli and the Irish was too much as they walked away with a 58-48 victory.

Bouncing back from a poor shooting performance the night before, Nick Pothoven would knock down back to back triples to get the Irish off to a quick start. Scott Berg and Paul Lombardo would get in on the action as they both knocked down buckets to help the Irish jump out to an early lead. The Pioneers would battle back taking advantage of their size inside to cut the Irish lead to 12-8 after the first period.

The Irish continued their strong shooting in the second quarter to sustain the momentum. Pothoven would knock down another deep three pointer while Dimetri Brandon would drain a long three of his own. On the defensive end the Irish played with great effort and energy as they made things difficult for the Pioneers. The taller Pioneers would continue to create second chances on the offensive end which would keep the score close. Another basket by Brandon and late free throws by Brandon Vertolli and Pothoven would extend the Irish lead to 25-19 at the half.

The Orange would come out quickly in the second half as they quickly gained some momentum. The Pioneers would go inside early to Grant Gossard as the 6'8" center would force the Irish to foul him and he would capitalize at the free throw line. The Orange would then heat up from the outside as they drained 4 three pointers in the quarter to regain the lead. For the Irish, Pothoven would knock down his fourth three pointer of the game while Brandon would add two nice drives. The Pioneers would answer each Irish score and at the end of three they would lead 37-34.

With the taller Pioneers in foul trouble, Vertolli would take advantage as he would have a huge fourth quarter. Driving to the hoop at will, Vertolli would score on five consecutive possessions to give the Irish momentum and help them take the lead. The Pioneers had no answer for Vertolli and they seemed rattled by the Irish run. Paul Lombardo and Scott Berg would each add baskets by the Irish and with a little over a minute to go the Irish were in firm control. The Pioneers were forced to foul and Vertolli would knock down six free throws down the stretch to seal the victory and make the final score 58-48.

Vertolli would lead the Irish in scoring with a game high 20 points. Pothoven would chip in with 15 points and 4 three pointers. Brandon would add 9, Berg 7, Lombardo 6 and Greiwe 1. Berg would have a big night on the glass for the Irish as he led the way with 8 rebounds. The Irish start the second round of conference play on Tuesday evening as they host Westerville Central.


COMEBACK FALLS SHORT FOR IRISH FROSH

The Irish Frosh got off to a slow start in their Saturday match-up with the Pioneers from Olentangy Orange. In the opening quarter, the Pioneer squad proved strong inside on both ends of the court, racking up points and rebounds and giving their guards the freedom to pressure the Irish frontcourt. The Irish did their best to force the issue and drew enough fouls to land in the bonus halfway through the first period. Still they were down 15-4 after one period. During the second, with help from a few key subs off the bench, the Irish found some energy and enough offense to get back in the game. After being down by as much as 12, and with the help of a 6 for 7 performance from the free throw line, they were down by just two (24-22) at the half.

In the third, Olentangy changed into a zone defense that stopped the Frosh offensive in its tracks. The previous nights outside shooting success had vanished and the Irish offense netted just 3 free throws total for the quarter. Down 25-35 at the start of the fourth, the Frosh refused to quit, and continued to challenge the taller, stronger Olentangy front line. The Irish determination paid off with a 7-3 run that got them within six with 4 minutes remaining. The game turned into a free contest that the Irish began to use to their advantage. In the fourth, Olentangy shot a miserable 10-22 from the line and had just one field goal. The Irish, however, were a respectable 7 for 10 in the fourth quarter, and added four field goals (including 2 treys). In the end, however, the Irish could not break through and get baskets when it was really necessary. Olentangy held on, handing the Irish a loss at 42-47.


COLD SHOOTING IS TOO MUCH FOR THE IRISH TO OVERCOME AS THEY DROP ROAD CONTEST AT CANAL WINCHESTER

The Irish travled to Canal Winchester on Friday night as they completed the first round of conference play. The Irish were not able to capitalize on some good looks in the first half and dug themselves too big of a deficit as they would ultimately fall to the Indians 55-41.

The Irish would start the game quickly as Paul Lombardo would knock down a three pointer from the wing and Brandon Vertolli would break free inside for a layup. The next few minutes the Irish would go cold as they had multiple open shots that they could not knock down. The Indians would gain some momentum as they converted several drives and would start to heat up from deep. A Jason Greiwe basket late in the quarter would complete the scoring for the Irish and they would trail 12-7 after one.

The cold shooting would continue for the Irish in the second period making the defensive end of the floor even more important. Thankfully the Irish were up to that challenge as they made it difficult for the Indians to score. The Indians did just enought to extend their lead and at the half the score was 23-11.

The Irish would wake up on the offensive end in the third quarter. Scott Berg and Nick Pothoven would knock down deep three pointers and the would convert a couple of baskets in the paint as well. Paul Lombardo would then add a beautiful drive baseline to cut into the Indians lead. Every time the momentum seemed to be changing in the favor of the Irish, the Indians would knock down a three or finish a put back inside to keep their lead. At the end of the third quater the score was 36-26 Indians.

The Irish just couldn't get close enough in the fourth quarter to put any pressure on the Indians. Each Irish basket was answered by the Indians as they made the key plays when needed. Despite another 15 point quarter the Indians were too much as they would defeat the Irish 55-41.

Nick Pothoven was the only Irish player to score in double figures as he would score 11 points including three triples. Scott Berg would chip in 7, Paul Lombardo 5, Jason Greiwe and Brian Johnson 4, Brandon Vertolli and Alex Coleman 3, and Mason Mooney and Dimetri Brandon 2. The Irish have a quick turnaround as they host Olentangy Orange in a non-conference matchup tomorrow night.


IRISH FROSH DROP ROAD CONTEST AT CANAL WINCHESTER

Scioto closed out their opening round of conference play by making the long trip to Canal Winchester. In the first quarter the two well-matched teams traded baskets with neither able to establish any sort of momentum. In the second, the Irish offense erupted with 20 points behind Penn's well-rounded performance (a 3, 2, and 3/4 FT for 8 total) and a flourish from Brechbuhler (3/3 from beyond the arc; 2/2 FT for 11 total) coming off the bench. Unfortunately, the Irish defense fell victim to Canal Winchester's interior passing and also gave up a healthy dose of points in the paint to be down 29-30 at half-time.

The back and forth battle continued after the break with a series of lead changes and good basketball from both teams. At one point the Irish started to slip behind, but a rare 4pt play from Jones followed by a steal and lay-up by Penn knotted it back up at 47. Behind strong second half scoring from Jones (10 points) and Nanthavongdouangsy (7 points), Scioto clung to a 51-52 lead with 3 minutes remaining. After that point, however, the Irish scoring dried up while Canal Winchester was able to dig out a few critical baskets and make enough free throws to push ahead and secure a 60-54 victory over the Irish.


IRISH START QUICK BUT CAN'T HOLD THE LEAD IN A LOSS TO MARYSVILLE

The Irish hosted the Marysville Monarchs in a non-conference matchup on Tuesday night. The Irish would jump out to an early 8 point lead, but they couldn't sustain the momentum and would fall to the Monarchs 60-35.

Looking to stop a two game losing streak the Irish came out with good energy to start the game. Nick Pothoven would get off to a good start as he was able to attack gaps in the Monarch defense. He would also knock down two triples in the first quarter and would score 12 points in the period. The Monarchs would get off to a slow start offensively before putting together back to back baskets late in the period to cut the Irish lead to 12-11 after one.

The second quarter was back and forth as neither team was able to grab control. The Monarchs would use their size inside to make things difficult for the Irish on both ends of the floor. A couple of Irish turnovers would lead to easy baskets for Marysville. The Irish would answer each time with a basket of their own to keep things close. Scott Berg would knock down 3 free throws for the Irish while Pothoven, Dimetri Brandon and Jason Greiwe would add baskets of their own. At the half this one was close with the Monarchs holding a 24-21 advantage.

The Irish have started slowly in the second half of several of their losses this year and unfortunately the third period against Marsyville would be similar. The Monarchs would jump on the Irish in the third period as they converted Irish turnovers into points and their defensive intensity made it difficult for the Irish on the offensive end of the floor. The Monarchs scored with ease in the third period as they would put 19 points on the board. The Irish could not match the offensive explosion and they would find themselves trailing 43-25 after three.

The Irish would be unable to cut into the Marysville lead during the first few minutes of the fourth quarter and with 4:00 to go in the game both teams would go to their bench. In the end the Monarchs were just too much as they would knock off the Irish 60-35.

Pothoven was the only Irish player in double figures as he would lead the way with 18 points. Dimetri Brandon would add 5, Scott Berg 4, Brandon Vertolli and Jason Greiwe 2 and Brian Johnson 3. Berg and Greiwe would lead the way on the glass with 5 rebounds each. The Irish are back in action on Friday night as they finish the first round of conference play with a road game at Canal Winchester.


IRISH FROSH START STRONG BUT CAN'T HOLD LEAD AND FALL TO MARYSVILLE

The Scioto Frosh got off to a rare fast start against the visiting Marysville Monarchs. In a flurry of action that included tough defense, good passing and a three-pointer by Jones, the Irish sprinted to a 9-0 lead in the first two minutes of play. It looked like it was going to be a stress-free night for the Irish, but just as quickly their offensive efforts stalled and they failed to score again in the quarter. During the second period, the Irish had spurts of excellent play along with bouts of lax interior defense. Their lead got trimmed down to four, then bounced up to ten, then disappeared entirely and giving a 20-20 game at the half. The Monarch's comeback was helped by a series of old-school three point plays (basket and one) as well as getting into the bonus mid-way into the second period.

After the break, the game turned into a hard fought war with the Irish forcing turnovers with its press and winning the battle of the forecourt, but losing the fight inside. Marysville continued to score in the paint, while the lay-ups that the Irish had relied on for much of their scoring turned into blocked shots and turnovers. Two minutes into the fourth quarter the game was tied at 43, when the Monarchs managed a couple of basket to get on top. The Irish starters had played the entire second half and the frantic effort to keep pressing the shaky Marysville ball handlers began to take its toll. Marysville got plenty of trips to the charity stripe, and first Jones and then Nanthavongdouangsy fouled out. Still, the Irish had the ball and were down by only 5 with 1:16 left in the game. Alas, the Irish could not capitalize on their remaining offensive chances and Marysville made just enough free throws to put the game out of reach. At the buzzer the Frosh suffered a hard loss by the score of 48-55. Three of the Irish starters, Jones (19), Nanthavongdouangsy (13) and Penn (12) accounted for all but four points of the Irish offense.


STONG SHOOTING BY THE JAGUARS IS TOO MUCH FOR THE IRISH TO OVERCOME

The Irish were looking to rebound from their loss on Tuesday night as they hosted the Jaguars of Hilliard Bradley on Friday. A slow start and deadly shooting by the Jaguars proved to be too much as the Irish would fall 60-42.

The Jaguars started quickly in this one as they would score the first 8 points of the game. Coach Moler would call a quick TO to refocus the Irish. It seemed to help as the Irish picked up the instensity the remainder of the quarter. The Jaguars would get free on the perimeter and would knock down two deep threes to keep the lead. After the first period the Irish would trail 16-9.

The Irish were looking for a spark to get them going in the second period and that is what Brian Johnson would provide. Johnson came off the bench and quickly sscored 5 points for the Irish. He also rebounded well and was able to push the ball in transition to set up several Irish points. With the momentum starting to swing as the Irish cut the deficit to six, the Jaguars would once again strike from deep. They then went inside for several key points. Their lead was once again double digits as they went into halftime with the score 30-18.

The Jaguars came out with great intensity as it was clear they would not let the Irish gain any momentum. With just a couple minutes gone in the period they would extend their lead to 37-21. The Irish again would struggle from the perimeter on offense and it seemed to carry over to the defensive end as they could not put consecutive stops together. After three the Irish found themselves behind 42-28.

The Irish would close the gap to 10 early in the fourth quarter after they decided to put their heads down and drive to the hoop. Brandon Vertolli would knock down several free throws for the Irish to keep them close. Each time you thought the Irish may be clawing their way back the Jaguars would have an answer. With just over 3 minutes to go the Jaguars went into a mini stall on offense. When the Irish did get the ball Nick Pothoven finally found the range as he would knock down a 3 pointer and then a pull up jumper. Facing no other option, the Irish were forced to begin fouling. The Jaguars would knock down their free throws down the stretch and would cruise to a 60-42 victory.

Vertolli would lead the Irish in scoring with 11 points while Brian Johnson was huge off the bench with 10. The Irish look to start their 2 game losing streak as they host Marysville in a non-confernece matchup on Tuesday night.


STRONG DEFENSIVE EFFORT LEADS IRISH FROSH TO BIG VICTORY

In their Friday night contest against conference rival Hilliard Bradley, the Scioto Frosh relied on a tenacious defensive effort to produce their largest margin of victory for the season thus far. The Irish got off to another slow start on offense in a first quarter filled with open looks and put-backs that just would not fall. The Scioto starters, however, revealed an aggressive man-to-man defense and established a rebounding edge that stifled the Jaguars. Although looking frantic at times, the Irish reserves also held steady and refused to give up ground when in the game. Throughout the first half the Irish appeared to be dominant, but

Coming out of the locker room, the Irish looked energized, used three quick baskets to push their lead to double-digits, and never looked back. The Irish offensive was based on break-away lay-ups spurred by solid rebounding or a turnover created by the defensive effort. Few of the Irish baskets came from outside the paint, and only once did the Frosh manage a three-pointer. Penn's ability to finish at the basket (3 lay-ups) and impressive performance from the charity strip (5 of 6 FT on the night) established him as the scoring leader (11 points total). The bulk of the Irish scoring was a well-distributed team effort with 10 players notching from 2 to 6 points. After a troubled 0-5 start, the Irish Frosh are now 4-2 in their last six games.


IRISH CAN'T OVERCOME EARLY DEFITICT AND FALL TO THE CARDINALS

The Irish entered the non-conference matchup with the Cardinals of St. Charles looking to build off the momentum of their overtime victory over Hilliard Darby on Friday night. Unfortunately, the Irish looked like they stayed up too late watching the Buckeyes win the national championship the night before as they would fall to the Cardinals 52-36. The game would start slowly as both teams found it difficult to put points on the board in the first period. The Irish could not capitalize on several quality looks while turnovers also played a role in the slow start. The Cardianls were not much better and after one the Irish trailed 5-4.

Whatever the Cardinal coaching staff told their team between quarters worked wonders as they exploded for 20 second quarter points. The Irish had several miscues on the defensive end that lead to easy Cardinal points. The Cardinals also crashed the offensive glass and capitalized with several second chance points. The Irish could not match the offensive output of the Cardinals as they continued to struggle from the field. You could see the Irish players start to press as their shots missed the mark. At the half the Irish would face a big hill to climb as they trailed 25-10.

The Irish started to show a little fight in the third period as they looked to close the gap. Scott Berg battled foul trouble in the first half but started to get things going in the third period. Berg would convert a nice drive and knock down a couple free throws to build some momentum. Defensively the Irish played with more instensity and made it more difficult for the Cardinals to score in the half court. Scoring just enought to give them some hope, the Irish would cut the Cardinals lead to 33-22 after three quarters.

The Irish looked to pick up the defensive intensity in the fourth quarter with some pressure. The Irish were able to capatilize on a couple turnovers, but each time the Cardinals would have an answer to maintain their lead. The Irish never really got close enough to make the Cardinals nervous. Strong free throw shooting down the stretch would seal the deal and the Cardinals would knock off the Irish 52-36.

Berg would lead the Irish with 11 points while Brandon Vertolli would chip in with 10. Nick Pothoven and Jason Greiwe would lead the Irish on the boards with 3 each. The Irish are back in action on Friday night as they host Hilliard Bradley in a conference matchup.


SLOW START DOOMS IRISH FROSH

The Frosh provided a strong defensive effort in their non-conference matchup with the Cardinals of St. Charles Preparatory. Using a mix of active 1-3-1 zone and man-to-man defenses, an occasional full-court press, and competent defensive rebounding, Scioto allowed the Cardinals just 19 points through one half of play. Despite open shots and offensive boards, the Irish again struggled to put points on the board. The Irish failed to score at all in the first quarter and had just 7 points at the break.

In the second half, Scioto's persistent defensive efforts kept the game within striking distance. However, their offensive woes continued with tentative shot-taking and a lack of rhythm overall. By the middle of the fourth quarter, St. Charles was working the clock to eat time, and the Irish had to take chances and foul to try and get themselves back into the contest. St. Charles managed just enough offense to keep the game out of reach, and the Irish fell by a final of 25-33. In the team's lowest point total of the season, Jones provided the lone bright spot on offense. With a diversity of hard-driving lay-ups, opportunistic put-backs, soft floaters and free-throws, Jones scored all of the Irish's first half points and ended with 15 total.


IRISH ESCAPE WITH OT VICTORY AT DARBY

The Irish traveled to Hilliard Darby on Friday night for a conference matchup and it was well worth the price of admission. In a back and forth game the Irish survived in overtime and walked away with a 57-54 victory.

The game started off with the Irish shooting being as cold as the weather outside. The Panthers jumped out to an 8-0 before Coach Moler called timeout. A couple of Scott Berg free throws would get the Irish on the board. The Irish defense then started to pick things up and make it more difficult for the Panthers. Brandon Vertolli and Nick Pothoven would knock down long range three's to get the Irish closer and make the score 13-8 after the first quarter.

The second quarter proved to be the Scott Berg show. The senior quard got hot and score is many different ways to lead the Irish. Berg consistenly got free on interior post ups to score and knocked down a long range triple as well. The Panthers had no answer for Berg as he helped bring the Irish back. Vertolli would knock down a jumper and Pothoven would hit his second three of the night to even the score at 24 at the half.

The game remained close in the third quarter as neither team could pull away. The Panthers converted several easy baskets inside to answer each Irish score. Berg would once again break free inside for two baskets and Pothoven would drain back to back three pointers for the Irish to tie the score at 35. A late basket inside by Jason Greiwe and the Irish took a two point lead into the fourth quarter.

The stage was set for an exciting fourth quarter. The Irish started quickly and extended their lead to 8 points midway through the fourth period. Just when you thought they may be putting this one away, the Panthers turned up the intensity. A couple of Irish turnovers lead to layups for the Panthers and after a three pointer the Irish lead was cut to 3. With the momentum starting to swing in the Panthers favor the Irish would need to knock down their free throws to ice this one. Vertolli would knock down 4 free throws to keep the Irish in front. After a basket by the Panthers cut the Irish lead to 1 with 15 seconds to go, Pothoven would be fouled. Pothoven would knock down the first but miss the second giving the Panthers a chance to tie or win. With only 3 seconds left the Panters broke free inside for a basket to tie the score. A desperation attempt by the Irish would not fall and both teams headed to overtime.

The Panthers jumped out quickly in the overtime period as they took a 3 point lead. The Irish turned up the defensive intensity and were able to get stops that game them a change. Berg would score inside to close the gap to one. After a Panthers miss, the Irish quickly pushed it up the floor and Pothoven would break free along the baseline to knock down a jumper with 20 seconds left that would give the Irish a 1 point lead. The Panthers would fail to convert on the other end and Pothoven would be fouled with 8 seconds left. Pothoven would hit both free throws to give the Irish a 3 point lead. The Pantehrs had one last chance to send this game to a second overtime but a desperation three point attempt fell short and the Irish escaped with a 57-54 victory.

Scott Berg and Nick Pothoven had big scoring nights for the Irish as they scored 22 and 21 point respectively. Brandon Vertolli would chip in with 10 while Dimetri Brandon added 3 and Jason Greiwe 2. Greiwe lead the Irish on the boards with 8 rebounds while Berg added 7. Brandon and Grweiwe also chipped in with 3 assists each. The Irish are back in action on Tuesday January 13th when the host St. Charles at 7:30.


IRISH FROSH PICK UP BIG ROAD WIN AT DARBY

In a surprise change, Coach Duzan had his regular set of Frosh reserves start the conference matchup with the Hilliard Darby Panthers. This (typically) second squad came out strong, scoring the first basket and posting a slim early lead for the Irish. Once in the game, the regular Irish starters continued the effort and had it all knotted up at 10 after one period. In the second, a similar pattern of strong rebounding, tight defense, and opportunistic offense by both Irish squads delivered a narrow 21- 20 half-time lead.

After the break, both Irish squads put in strong defensive efforts and combined to allow the Panthers just five third quarter points. Scioto and Hilliard both increased their offensive output in the fourth, but the Irish squads refused to let Darby cut into their lead and walked away with a comfortable 45-34 road win. At the final buzzer, the Irish reserve group that started the night had played about 10 minutes of game time and outscored the Panthers 19-11, while the first squad played 14 minutes and posted a 26-23 differential. The Irish offensive charge was led by Mielke (8 points) for the reserves, and Mitchell (12 points) for the first squad.


WILDCATS RUN AWAY FROM THE IRISH

The Irish faced a tough task as they played their first game of 2015 on Tuesday night. The undefeated and #4 ranked Wildcats of Westerville South traveled to Dublin to take on the Irish. Despite a competitive first half the talented Wildcats cruised in the second half to an easy victory. The Wildcats came out quickly in the firt period as they used their athleticism to generate easy baskets in transition. The Irish did their best to stay close as they deliberately executed their offense to generate good looks. Scott Berg would get the Irish on the board with a jumper from the corner. Dimetri Brandon would also get in the scoring column for the Irish. Nick Pothoven would knock down a jumper and convert 1 of 2 free throws to complete the scoring for the Irish in the first perior. After one the Irish were hanging around and trailed 15-7.

The Irish played a spirited second quarter as they would match the Wildcats basket for basket. Defensively the Irish struggled to finish positions as the taller Wildcats generated too many second chance points. On offense, Pothoven would knock down two threes to give the Irish some momentum. After the Wildcats pushed the lead to double digits, Berg would knock down a triple of his own to keep this one close. With the clock running down in the first half, Berg would find Pothoven wide open on the baseline for a short jumper that made the halftime score 29-21, Wildcats.

The Irish came out of the locker room with some confidence and looking for a quick start to close the gap. Unfortunately for the Irish, the Wildcats had other ideas. The Irish had a couple of early chances to convert open looks, but when those didn't go the tide quickly turned. The Wildcats turned up their defensive pressure and Irish found it difficult to adjust. Several turnovers in a row by the Irish resulted in easy Wildcat baskets. Offensively the Irish found it difficult to get into their sets as each Wildcat basket seemed to help them turn up their defensive intensity. The Wildcats would run off 16 unanswered points and after three quarters they held a 47-25 advantage.

Unfortunately for the Irish proved, the deficit was too much to overcome as they could not cut into the Wildcat lead in the fourth quarter. With four minutes to go both teams went to their benches as this one was over. At the final buzzer the score was 62-36.

Pothoven lead the Irish in scoring with 11 points. Berg was also in double figures as he chipped in 10. Rounding out the scoring for the Irish were Jason Greiwe - 5, Dimietri Brandon - 4, and Paul Lombardo and Justin Schafer 3 each. Brian Johnson led the way for the Irish on the glass with 5 rebounds. Brandon Vertolli and Paul Lombardo would add 4 each. The Irish are back in action on Friday night when they travel to Hilliard Darby.


SLOW START TOO MUCH TO OVERCOME FOR IRISH FROSH

In their first match-up of 2015, the Scioto Frosh hosted Westerville South. The Irish got off to a slow offensive start and quickly found themselves trailing 0-8 to the visiting Wildcats. Using fast breaks and hard-driving lay-ups the Irish fought back but could only cut the lead to 11-17 by the end of the period. In the second, the Frosh offense sputtered again, and they had trouble securing rebounds against the taller Westerville team.

Down 13-32 at the break, the Irish came out in the third with a renewed defensive effort, holding the Wildcats to just 6 points. Unfortunately, the Frosh continued to struggle with getting open shots to fall and they had managed just 17 points after three quarters. In the fourth, Westerville took advantage of their lead and shifted into an offensive set designed to eat the clock. Their plan worked well and the Irish fell by a final score of 28-49.


FURIOUS 4TH QUARTER RALLY FALLS SHORT AS THE IRISH FALL TO GRANVILLE

After a three game road trip the Irish were back home on Monday evening as they hosted the Blue Aces from Granville. Despite a big fourth quarter comeback, the Irish would fall 40-37.

During the past few games the Irish have found it difficult to score points. The trend would continue on Monday as they could only muster six points in the opening period. On the other end of the floor, the Irish seemed to be a step slow as the Blue Aces found open looks with crisp ball movement. Granville was also strong on the glass as they converted several second chance baskets. At the end of the 1st period the Irish were trailing 12-6.

The second perior brought more of the same. With the shots not falling, the Irish did their best to tighten up on the defensive end. Even though the effort on the glass and defensive end was better the Irish were still trailing 22-14 at the half.

Wit both teams changing baskets for the second half the Irish hoped the lid would finally be off the basket. Unfortunately their offensive struggles continued. The few open looks the Irish could generate would not fall and their offensive struggles continued as they would score five points in the quarter. The Blue Aces were patient on the offensive end of the floor and were able to extend their lead to 32-19 after three.

The start of the fourth quarter a different Irish team seemed to take the floor. They came out with much more aggressiveness on the offensive end and were able to convert stops into scores. The lid finally came off the basket as the Irish slowly clawed their way back into the game. Brandon Vertolli would score inside on a nice drive and Jason Greiwe would knock down a bucket of his own. Nick Pothoven finally woke up and converted a nice back door into a 3 point play. After a technical foul on the Granville coaching staff, Pothoven would knock down a free throw to cut the lead to six. The Irish traded baskets with Blue Aces over the next couple of minutes before Vertolli would score again to give the Irish hope. After a Blue Aces basket, Dimetri Brandon would strike from deep to cut the lead to three. With under 10 seconds to go in the game the Irish were forced to foul. The Granville player would miss both free throws giving the Irish one last chance to tie. Coach Moler would call timeout to set up one last play hoping to send this one into overtime. The Blue Aces disrupted the play the Irish drew up, but Brandon was able to break free and got a good look. The shot would go in and out as the buzzer sounded and the Irish rally would fall short. Final score 40-37 Blue Aces.

Vertolli would lead the Irish in scoring with 13 points. Pothoven and Berg would add 8 each whild Brandon chipped in with 3 and Greiwe and Lombardo 2. Greiwe and Berg would lead the way on the glass with 4 rebounds each while Brandon finished with 3 steals.

The Irish are off for another week before they host Westerville South on January 6th. Westerville South will bring a talented team to the Irish home court in what should be an exciting game.


IRISH FROSH MAKE IT TWO IN A ROW

In their second game over the holiday break, the Scioto Frosh hosted the Blue Aces of Granville. The Irish came out looking strong and in control. Their offense did not turn the ball over often and instead scored baskets off of well-executed plays. The effort gave the Frosh a 12-6 lead and their highest first quarter point total of the year. In the second, the Irish continued to look like the better team but squandered many of their offensive opportunities. Still, the solid man-to-man of the starters and 2-3 zone of the reserves held the Blue Aces in check for another first of the season, an 18-10 halftime lead.

Throughout the second half, the Frosh were on top but allowed Granville to hang around within striking distance. At several points, the Blue Aces got within a basket or two of taking the lead as the Irish offense got complacent and settled for long-range jumpers. As the fourth quarter wound down, the Irish refused to put Granville away, leaving the outcome in doubt and keeping the crowd on the edge of their seat. Ultimately, the press and team play of the Irish got the job done and they walked away with a 40-36 victory. Re-inserted into the starting line-up, Nanthavongdouangsy led the scoring with 9 points. It was clear, however, that the Irish offense was a team effort as the others starters contributed 5 (Brechbuhler) or 6 (Jones, Penn, Wallace) points and the Irish bench added another 8.


IRISH EVEN THEIR RECORD AT 3-3 WITH VICTORY AT MARION HARDING

The Irish traveled to Marion Harding for a non-conference match-up on Monday evening in their last game before the holiday break. With both teams looking like they couldn't wait to get their break started it was a sloppy and sluggish affair, but the Irish would prevail in the end with a 50-47 victory. With the victory the Irish would bring their record to 3-3 on the young season.

Within the first few minutes of the first quarter it was obvious this was going to be a tightly officiated game. Nick Pothoven would pick up two quick fouls within 90 seconds and would sit for the much of the first half. Scott Berg would step up for the Irish knocking down several big shots in the first quarter. Berg drained two big three pointers and Paul Lombardo would also step up with a big triple. The Irish did just enough on the defensive end to end the first quarter with an 11-7 lead.

The Irish continued shooting the ball well in the second period. Berg would continue his hot shooting, knocking down a pair of long range bombs. Jason Greiwe would finish two strong drives inside and Lombardo would add a nice pull up jumper of his own. The Presidents would seem to answer each time the Irish looked to build some momentum, making it difficult for the Irish to extend their lead. With the clock ticking down in the half and the Presidents looking to close the gap, Mason Mooney would strike with a baseline 3 pointer giving the Irish a 26-21 halftime lead.

The third quarter brought more of what the first half offered, sloppy play on both ends of the floor and the Irish picking up more fouls. Pothoven would pick up his third foul just a minute into the second half and would sit for the remainder of the quarter. Lombardo continued his strong play in the third quarter as the junior guard would knock down two more triples. Berg would go 4-4 from the foul line and Dimetri Brandon would finish a strong drive to complete the Irish scoring for the quarter. The Irish defense would stiffen in the last few minutes of the quarter and they would extend their lead to seven after the third quarter.

The Irish would extend their lead to double digits in the fourth period, but you knew this one was far from over. The Presidents would get to the double bonus first and would take advantage by knocking down free throws with the clock stopped. With just over four minutes to go, Pothoven would knock down his first three of the night to once again give the Irish breathing room. It seemed that all the Irish would need to do is knock down free throws to ice this one away, but that would prove to be easier said than done. The Irish would miss several key free throws in the fourth quarter and each time the Presidents seemed to capitalize. As a result, the Irish lead was cut to 3 with under 20 seconds to go. Pothoven would turn the ball over for the Irish which would give the Presidents once last chance with only a few seconds left. After a time out, the Presidents successfully executed their out of bounds play resulting in a wide open three pointer. Luckily for the Irish it was short all the way and they would survive with a 50-47 victory.

Berg would be big for the Irish on this night finishing with a team high 19 points. Lombardo would also finish in double figures with 11 points. The win evens the Irish record at 3-3 heading in to the holiday break. The Irish will be back home on 12/29 when they host Granville in a non-conference matchup.


IRISH FROSH PICK UP FIRST VICTORY IN OVERTIME THRILLER

The Irish Frosh made the long trip north to play the Presidents of Marion Harding and were rewarded with a hard fought victory in overtime. As with past games, the Irish offense started off cold. Despite many clean looks at the basket, they managed just 8 points in the first half. The Irish defense and full court press, however, kept the Presidents from getting out of reach and Scioto went to the break down by just 12.

The Irish press continued to take its toll on Harding throughout the second half, forcing turnovers and leading to Irish baskets. By the end of the third, the Irish had clawed all the way back and the score was knotted at 27. The fourth quarter was a tight, back and forth affair with the Presidents clinging to a small lead most of the time. With 1:30 left and down by 1, the Irish called a timeout and planned their final effort. Although the Irish got the looks they wanted, too many missed free throws let Marion retain their slim lead. Finally, Penn came up with a key steal and a layup to give Scioto their own 1point lead. On the next trip down the court, however, Penn committed his fifth foul and was forced to the bench. The Marion player hit 1 of 2 to knot the score again with 6 seconds remaining. After a timeout, the Irish ran a well-executed final play that gave Mitchell a solid chance at a game winner that rattled out.

In OT, the Frosh showed their grit with driving lay-ups, hounding defense, and energetic rebounding. With 17.3 second left, they clung to a faint 43- 41 lead. At the line, a Marion player missed his chance to tie it up and Judd Wandabwa corralled the rebound before being fouled. After hitting the second of two from the line, the Irish were up by 3 and appeared on their way to a win with 6.3 seconds on the clock. The night�s drama, however, was not yet over. Harding advanced the ball and got in position for a game-winner before Brechbuhler hammered the Harding shooter sending him to line for three and no time on the clock. With a chance to send the game to another extra session, the Harding player was not up to the task, missing one shot and giving the Scioto Frosh their first win of the year at 44 � 43.


BIG SECOND HALF BY THE CELTICS TOO MUCH FOR THE IRISH TO OVERCOME

Playing for the first time since a disappointing outing at Worthington Kilbourne, the Irish traveled across town to take on the Celtics from Dublin Jerome. Despite playing a spirited first half, the Irish could not close the deal and fell 55-38.

With an enthusiastic crowd on hand this had all the makings of an intense conference battle. The tone was set early when on the first possession of the game Nick Pothoven took an elbow to the mouth. This would sideline Pothoven for the rest of the first quarter as they were not able to stop the bleeding. This seemed to spark the Irish as they jumped out to an early lead. Scott Berg would get things started for the Irish with a nice move inside. The Irish defensive pressure seemed to frustrate the Celtics as they were unable to get out and run for easy baskets. Brian Johnson provided strong early minutes for the Irish as he would score inside and play solid defense. Berg would then knock down a triple to continue the momentum. At the end of one the Irish were in good position as the score was tied at 12.

The Irish defensive intensity picked up another level in the second period. The Irish continually made it difficult for the Celtics to find any rhythm. Jason Greiwe would finish a beautiful drive and Pothoven would knock down two free throws to give the Irish a four point lead. Mason Baich would then pick up a charging foul for the Celtics which would send the junior SG to the bench with his third foul. The momentum was definitely in the favor of the Irish as they would limit the Celtics to five points in the quarter. At the half the Irish would take a 22-17 lead into the locker room.

After a quick Pothoven basket to start the second half, the momentum slowly started to build for the Celtics. The changing defenses seemed to frustrate the Irish and they found it difficult to score. The Celtics finally took the lead before Berg would knock down his second three of the game to recapture the lead for the Irish. That lead was short lived as on the next possession Blake Bickett would drain a three of his own to regain the lead for the Celtics. The Celtics defensive pressure and traps began to lead to easy baskets. The Irish did their best to keep things close and after three the score was 36-31 Celtics.

The Irish needed a quick start to the fourth period, but unfortunately that did not happen. They continued to struggle on offense and they seemed to lack the effort and intensity on the defensive end that they had in the first half. Several transition baskets by the Celtics would push their lead to double digits. Sensing this one starting to slip away, the Irish got out of rhythm on offense and began to force shots. The missed shots lead to run outs by the Celtics that extended their lead and put this one out of reach. In the end a big second half by the Celtics was too much to overcome and the Irish fell 55-38.

Scott Berg was the lone Irish player in double figures as he finished with 16 points. Brandon Vertolli would chip in with six while Pothoven, Greiwe, Johnson and Lombardo would add four each. The Irish are back in action on Monday evening as they travel to Marion Harding for an out of conference matchup. This will give the Irish an opportunity to get back to .500 before the Christmas break. Game time is set for 7:30.


FROSH DROP CROSS TOWN BATTLE TO THE CELTICS

Following a familiar script, the Scioto Frosh fell to their cross-town rivals from Jerome by a final score of 51 � 39. The Irish came out with an increased energy level and renewed optimism after a six day break to focus on practice and school exams. Coach Duzan also premiered a substitution strategy that relied on moving the starters out of and into the game as a group. Once again, however, the Frosh team struggled to tear the lid off the basket. They scored just two first quarter free throws and finished with just nine points at the intermission.

Careless turnovers continued to haunt the Irish effort. After the break, the Irish featured a mix of pressing and zone defense but could not turn the tide. The Celtics continued their offensive success with baskets coming from a healthy mix of in-bound plays, driving lay-ups, free throws, and long-range jumpers. After three quarters, the Jerome starters had stretched the lead to 41-16 and earned an early rest. The Frosh starters took the opportunity to come alive and post their best offensive quarter of the year with 23 total points. This late explosion was due mostly to the sharpshooting of Brechbuhler who hit three 3-pointers (15 total for the night), and the attacking play of Penn who ended the quarter with 7 points (9 total in game). Unfortunately, the Jerome lead was too much to overcome and the Celtics secured the victory and bragging rights for the year.


COLD SHOOTING LEADS TO DEFEAT IN THE BATTLE OF HARD ROAD

Playing less than 24 hours after dropping a conference game to Westeville North on Friday night, the Irish traveled to Worthington Kilbourne Saturday for the Battle of Hard Rd. The quick turnaround looked to take a toll on the Irish and they ran out of gas late and fell to the Warriors 43-33.

The Irish would start quick in this one. Brand Vertolli would knock down a 3 pointer to get things started and Jason Greiwe would finish a nice layup inside. The Irish would play strong defense in the first quarter which has become the trademark of this year's team. Holding the Wolves to only 7 first quarter points, the Irish held a 10-7 lead after one.

The second quarter was more of the same as the Irish did just enough offensively to score points while limiting the things the Wolves were trying to do. Nick Pothoven would knock down two three pointers in the second and Scott Berg would drill one of his own. The Irish were able to extend their lead which resulted in a 22-16 score at the half.

Paul Lombardo would come out on fire for the Irish in the third as he knocked down a beautiful pull up jumper and then drained a three pointer from the corner. After that things began to change. The Wolves did a great job of taking away what the Irish wanted to do on offensively. Showing a number of different defensive looks including a Box and 1 and Triangle and 2, the Irish would only score 2 more points the rest of the quarter. The Wolves started to find a little rhythm offensively as they cut into the Irish lead. At the end of three the score would be 29-27 Irish.

The Wolves would start quickly in the fourth quarter and were finally able to take their first lead of the game. The Wolves defense continued to frustrate the Irish as they could slowly feel the game slipping away. Putting everything together at the right time the Wolves had their highest scoring quarter of the night while the Irish could only muster 4 points in the quarter. Unfortunately for the Irish it looked like they ran out of gas in the final 8 minutes. The student section rushed the court to celebrate the win for the Wolves as the buzzer sounded. Final score 43-33.

The Irish struggled shooting the ball tonight as they finished with season lows of 26% from the field and 21% from the foul line. Scott Berg would be the only Irish player in double figures with 12 points. Pothoven would add 7, Greiwe 6, Lombardo 5, and Vertolli 3. Berg would also lead the way on the glass with 6 rebounds while Greiwe would add 5.

The Irish are off until next Friday when they travel to Dublin Jerome. Game time is 7:30.


IRISH FROSH DROP ROAD CONTEST AT WORTHINGTON KILBOURNE

The Irish took on their Hard Road rivals in their second contest of the weekend. Scioto got out to a strong start, hitting the first two shots of the game and posting 4-0 lead over the Kilbourne Wolves. Perhaps trying to present stiffer resistance, the Irish went quickly to their 2-3 zone. This effort kept the Wolves out of the paint, but Kilbourne sharpshooters quickly hit four three's forcing the Irish back into a man-to-man. Throughout the first half the Irish showed flashes of strong play, but kept hampering their own efforts with multiple turnovers and a lack of second chance opportunities. The offense managed just 6 points in the second quarter and the team was down 31-18 at the half.

The Irish turnovers remained a problem to start the second half and the offense remained lethargic. In the fourth, after the Kilbourne starters headed to the bench for the night, the Irish offense showed some spark with a flurry of offensive output from Frosh starters Brecbuhler and Penn who combined for 19 in the quarter. Although this late effort energized the crowd and gave the Irish their highest point total of the young season, it was not enough as they fell 58 to 42.


IRISH DROP FIRST GAME OF THE SEASON TO THE WARRIORS

Fresh off a big victory over Westerville Central on Tuesday night, the Irish were back home on Friday night where they hosted the Warriors from Westerville North. Unfortunately for the Irish their early season success did not continue as they fell to the Warriors 57-48.

The Warriors jumped out to an early lead over the Irish as they were able to get to the basket for several easy buckets. They also made it difficult for the Irish to get much going offensively as they were well prepared for the Irish's offensive sets. The Irish battled to keep it close and after one they only trailed 10-8.

In the second quarter the Warriors started to heat up from outside as they knocked down several long distance triples. The Irish continued to struggle on the offensive end and several costly turnovers stopped any momentum they were trying to build. The Warriors were able to capitalize on the Irish turnovers and built their lead to 28-15 at the half.

The Irish knew they needed a big third quarter to cut into the Warriors lead and they started quickly. Nick Pothoven would knock down a couple of shots and Brandon Vertolli would add a couple of his own to cut into the Warrior lead. Doing a much better job of taking care of the basketball in the third quarter the Irish began to build some momentum on the offensive end. Defensively they had trouble stringing stops together which allowed the Warriors to maintain control of the game. Pothoven would knock down a three pointer to continue a strong quarter for the Irish, but after three the Warriors still held an 11 point lead.

The Irish continued their strong offensive play in the fourth quarter as they slowly cut into the Warrior lead. Pothoven would strike from deep with two more triples and Vertolli would get in the lane for a nice finish. Dimetri Brandon would finish a nice drive to the basket and with under four minutes to go the Warrior lead was cut to six. The next couple of possessions both teams would trade baskets. Pothoven would finish an old fashioned three point play, but the last three minutes resulted in a parade to the free throw line for the Warriors. Every time the Irish would threaten, the Warriors would capitalize with free throws on the other end. The strong free throw shooting was just too much and in the end the Irish would fall 57-48.

The Irish would shoot 37% from the field and 67% from the free throw line for the game. The Warriors would also out rebound the Irish by 5. Pothoven would lead the way for the Irish with 23 points to go along with 4 three pointers and 5 rebounds. Vertolli would also reach double figures for the Irish finishing with 12 points. Scott Berg would chip in with 5 points, Jason Greiwe 3, Dimetri Brandon and Paul Lombardo 2 and Justin Schafer 1. Greiwe would lead the way with 7 rebounds while Lombardo added 5.

The Irish are back in action tomorrow night as they travel to Worthington Kilbourne for the Battle of Hard Road.


IRISH FROSH LOSE HOME CONTEST TO THE WARRIORS

In their first game of a weekend double-header, the Scioto freshman defended their home court against the Warriors of Westerville North. The Warriors came out in an active 2-3 zone defense, and the Irish struggled to put points on the board. After quickly falling behind 7-0 the Irish turned to a full court press, perhaps looking to create some offense from their defense. Their offensive drought continued, however, and it was not until Penn hit a 3-pointer that the Irish were on the board but trailing 14-3 after one quarter. In the second quarter, Coach Duzan shuffled players in an out of the line-up searching for a combination that would turn things around. With some defensive and rebounding relief from the bench, the Irish started to put up a fight and closed the gap to 16-7. The Warriors fought back and the Irish turned to their own zone defense in response. The Irish strategy stemmed the flow of interior shots, but the Warriors found their range from beyond the arc and were up 28-9 at the half.

The Irish struggles continued after the break, as their defense and full court pressure could not prevent Westerville from scoring. The offense managed 16 in the fourth quarter, but the game was already out of reach, and the Irish lost 57 to 32.


TOUGH DEFENSE AND TIMELY SHOOTING LEAD TO COMEBACK VICTORY FOR IRISH

The Irish opened conference play on Tuesday night as they traveled to Westerville Central to take on the defending OCC Cardinal division champions. Showing the same effort and fight that they displayed in their win on Friday, the Irish hung around long enough and then made big plays down the stretch to walk away with a 46-41 victory.

The Warhawks would come out of the gate quickly and capitalized on several Irish turnovers to jump out to an early lead. The Irish looked a little out of rhythm offensively as they tried to adjust to the Warhawk's athleticism. Coach Moler would take an early timeout to calm down his Irish. Jason Greiwe would then settle the Irish down with a couple of free throws. Greiwe would also make a couple of great passes to Scott Berg and Nick Pothoven for easy layups. After the Warhawks quick start the Irish would play them even the rest of the quarter wich made the score 19-11 after one.

The Irish would slowly claw their way back in the second quarter with strong defense. The Irish were able to create a few turnovers of their own and would capitalize on the offensive end to close the gap. Pothoven would strike from long range and Berg would convert a couple of crafty finishes inside. The Warhawks caused some problems for the Irish on the glass with their size which helped them maintain the lead. The Irish would cut the deficit to two points before Will Maynus would bank in a long 3 pointer at the buzzer to give the Warhawks a 28-23 halftime lead.

The Irish were hoping for a quick start to the third quarter to close the gap, but found it difficult to cut into the Warhawks lead. Greiwe continued his solid play inside for the Irish with a couple of strong finishes, but the Warhawks would answer each time to maintain their lead. Brandon Vertolli would add a nice layup in transition and Pothoven would break free inside to complete the Irish scoring for the quarter. After three quarters the Warhawks would extend their lead to six points.

With one quarter left the Irish knew they would need a big effort the final 8 minutes to pull this one out. They jumped out quickly when Pothoven would strike from deep to cut the deficit to three points. The Irish would then turn up their defensive intensity as they made it difficult for the Warhawks to get good looks on the offensive end. You could slowly feel the momentum start to swing in the Irish's favor. After a basket by the Warhawks extended their lead to 5, Pothoven would finish a nice play inside to once again cut it to three. Berg would then score again to pull the Irish within one point. With just over a minute to go the Warhawks would make 1 of 2 free throws to extend their lead to two points. On the next possession Pothoven would break free on the wing and would knock down a huge triple to give the Irish their first lead of the night. With the Warhawks looking to get the ball to Will Maynus, Berg would get the biggest steal of the night. The Warhawks would be forced to foul and with only 24 seconds left Berg would knock down two huge free throws to extend the Irish lead to three. The Irish would once again come up with big defensive stop and Berg would finish the night with two more free throws to make the final score 46-41 Irish!

For the night the Irish would shoot 47% from the floor and 75% from the foul line. The Irish battled on the boards against the taller and more athletic Warhawks and ended the night only being outrebounded by two. Pothoven would finish the night with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3 three pointers. Berg would add 16 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal. Greiwe chipped in with 8 point and 5 rebounds and Vertolli would contribute 5 points and 5 rebounds.

The Irish are back in action on Friday night as they host conference foe Westerville North. They will then make the short drive down Hard Rd on Saturday night at they take on Worthington Kilbourne.


FROSH FALL IN FIRST CONFERENCE GAME TO WARHAWKS

In their second game of the year, the Scioto freshman faced a well-tuned Westerville offense that looked comfortable on their home court. The Warhawks put up 20 points in the first period with a collection of inside and outside strikes. In contrast, the Irish struggled to get open looks against Westerville�s quick, active, switching man-to-man defense. Despite improved defense and rebounding in the second quarter, Scioto posted just 11 points and trailed by 16 at the half.

A similar storyline played out after the break, although the Irish settled into the game and appeared to make some headway at both ends of the court. One real bright spot for the Irish was the scoring from Jaden Penn. His 15-point resume for the night included floaters through the lane, a mid-range jumper, and a three. The Irish effort also was bolstered by enthusiastic play and quality minutes from their bench. At the buzzer, the Freshman had fallen by a final of 52-29.


STRONG DEFENSE LEADS TO A BIG IRISH VICTORY

Starting the season with several new faces the Irish were unsure what to expect as they kicked off the 2014-2015 season last night at home vs. Watkins Memorial. The fans in attendance quickly found out that this team plays with great effort and intensity, and the result was an impressive 69-29 victory.

The Irish played an aggressive brand of defense that led to multiple deflections and steals. They quickly closed down passing lanes and made it difficult for the Warriors to find any rhythm. On the offensive end of the court Nick Pothoven scored six first quarter points and Scott Berg finished a beautiful three point play to help the Irish to a 14-4 lead after one.

The Warriors did their best to stay close in the second period and were able to cut the deficit to six points. The Irish would not let them get any closer and some timely baskets by Scott Berg and Paul Lombardo would allow the Irish to increase their lead. Pothoven would knock down a corner three pointer and Berg would convert late free throws to give the Irish a 14 point halftime lead.

The third quarter was all Irish as they jumped all over the Warriors. Continuing their stifling defense, the Irish held the Warriors to four points in the quarter. Pothoven would continue his strong play with 10 points in the quarter, including 2 three pointers. Brandon Vertolli and Berg would also add long range bombs and Paul Lombardo would knock down a beautiful pull up jumper. At the end of three it was all Irish, 50-19.

Twelve Irish players would see action in the fourth quarter. All players contributed as the Irish outscored the Warriors 19-10 in the period and cruised to a 69-29 victory.

In addition to the outstanding defensive effort, the Irish would out rebound the taller Warriors 35-30. The Irish shot 44% from the field for the game including 41% from three point range. Nick Pothoven would lead the offensive attack for the Irish finishing with 25 points, including 4 three pointers. He also led the way on the glass with 11 rebounds. Scott Berg and Paul Lombardo would both finish in double figures as well with 15 and 10 points respectively. Rounding out the scoring for the Irish were Brandon Vertolli with 5, Jason Greiwe, Justin Schafer and Jackie Winchester with 4 and Brian Johnson 2. Vertolli and Schafer would chip in with 4 rebounds while Johnson, Berg, and Lombardo added 3 each. Berg led the way with 3 steals and Pothoven and Lombardo added 2.

It is a busy week for the Irish next week with three games on the schedule. They begin conference play on Tuesday night when they travel to Westerville Central.


FROSH FALL TO WARRIORS IN SEASON OPENER

In their first game for Scioto, the freshman team opened the season struggling to score and rebound on the offensive end. At the same time, the Watkins Warriors took advantage of Irish turnovers and generous defense to post a 30-13 half-time lead.

The Irish played much stronger in the second half, at one point reducing the lead to 8. The Irish comeback was fueled by a full-court press and improved defensive effort that allowed fewer lay-ups and forced several turnovers. The Warrior offense, however, fought back and the Irish fell by a final score of 47-29.

The Irish scoring was evenly distributed with Brechbuhler (5), Jones (5), Nanthavong (5), Penn (7), and Wallace (5) all contributing significant points. In a game that saw every player on the court, the Irish noticeably improved throughout the game and set themselves on the path toward future victories.


ALUMNI GAME SET FOR FRIDAY NOVEMBER 28TH AT 7:00 PM

The Dublin Scioto Basketball alumni game is scheduled for Friday November 28th and 7:00 PM in the main gym. Come out and see some of your favorite Irish players of the past as they look to relive their glory days. This is alwasy a fun event and a great way to spend your Friday night.


BASKETBALL TRYOUTS SET FOR NOVEMBER 7TH AND 8TH

Tryouts for the 2014-2015 Boys Basketball season are set for Friday November 7th and Saturday November 8th. Tryouts will begin on Friday at 4:00 in the main gym. They will continue on Saturday from 8:30-11:00 and 1:00-2:30. All players must have a current physical on file in order to participate in the tryouts.


FORMER IRISH STANDOUT MCKINLEY NAMED GRAD ASSISTANT COACH WITH THE BOBCATS

Former Irish standout David McKinley was recently named a grad assistant coach with the Ohio Bobcats. A two year team captain with the Bobcat's, McKinley was a part of two MAC conference tournament championships and a regular season co-championship during his four years there. The two MAC conference championships resulted in NCAA tournament berths. McKinley had a successful career with the Irish as he served as team captain and helped lead the Irish to their most wins and deepest run in in the OHSAA tournament during his senior season. McKinley still holds the record for most three point field goals made in a season (56) and a game (8). We wish McKinley great success as he beging his coaching career.


SCIOTO BOYS BASKETBALL GOLF OUTING SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 7TH!

The Scioto boys basketball program and the Irish Rebounders Club will be hosting a golf outing on Sunday September 7th. The outing will be held at Darby Creek Golf Course. This should be a great event for families, friends, alumni and supporters of the program. Please see the link on the left for the brochure with all the event details. Get your foursome together and sign up quickly as spots are filling up! All proceeds go to benefit the Scioto boys basketball program.


SCIOTO BOYS SUMMER BASKETBALL CAMP

The Dublin Scioto Boy's Summer Basketball Camp is only a few months away and we are now accepting applications. This is an outstanding opportunity for boys in grades 3-8 to receive quality instruction on the fundamentals of the game and to have some fun competing in contests and games. Please click on the link to the right to download the application.


BROWN AND MCKINLEY EARN ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS

Zac Brown and Andrew McKinley have been awarded All-Conference honors by the Ohio Capital Conference. Brown received Honorable Mention All-Conference Cardinal Division for his performance during the 2013-2014 season. The 6'6" senior was the anchor in the middle for the Irish as he was one of the team leaders in points, rebounds, and assists. McKinley was named Academic All-Conference Cardinal Division for his performance on the court and in the classroom. The senior guard was a "coach on the floor" for the Irish while also leading them in the classroom. Congratulations to Zac and Andrew on their accomplishments!


IRISH SEASON ENDS WITH STRONG PERFORMANCE AT GAHANNA

The Irish continued their recent strong play as they traveled to Gahanna to take on the 2nd seeded Lions to open Sectional play. The Lions offered the stiffest test of the year for the Irish as they started 3 players 6'6" or taller.

The Irish played with great confidence as they traded baskets with the Lions to open the game. Senior Zac Brown led the way for the Irish as he battled the bigger Lions on the interior. Several touch fade away jumper by Brown got the Irish going on the offensive end. With the game tied the Lions began to asset themselves on the offensive glass. Several put backs, including one at the first quarter buzzer helped the Lions to an 18-10 lead after one.

The Irish continued their strong defensive play in the second quarter but found the going tough on the offensive side of the court. Nate Mielke knocked down a perimeter jumper and Scott Berg converted inside to keep the Irish within strking distance. The Lions were able to do just enough to extend their lead to 28-16 at the half.

The Lions came out with great energy as they turned up the defensive pressure. Michigan State signee Javon Bess led the way for the Lions as he converted two steals into easy baskets. The quick start allowed the Lions to extend their lead to 20 points. At this point the Irish could have folded their tents as they looked forward to the off season. However, the Irish showed great character and competiveness as they began the comeback. Andrew McKinley would knock down a three pointer from the wing and Nick Pothoven would add one from the opposite wing to start the comeback. At the end of three quarters the Irish were able to cut the Lions lead to 13 points.

The fourth quarter was filled with excitement as the Irish would not go away quietly. Berg would score inside to keep the momentum going and Pothoven would hit a baseline three off the assist from Kalib Wallace to continue the comeback. The Irish turned up the defensive pressure as they looked to create some turnovers. The Lions handled the pressure well, but struggled from the free throw line as the Irish aggressiveness put the Lions in the bonus. The Irish were able to capitalize on the Lions misses from the line. Wallace would score inside and Berg would add another basket. Pothoven then would knock down a long three to cut the Lions lead to five. The Lions would extend their lead with free throws and a bucket inside, but another Pothoven three pointer cut the deficit to 8 with a little over a minute to go. The Lions were able to convert a couple of free throws and the Irish finally ran out of time as they fall 55-45 to the Lions.

The Irish should be proud as they played one of their best games of the year against the strongest team they faced all season. Pothoven led the way for the Irish with 12 points. Berg and Z. Brown would add 10 each, Wallace 6, McKinley 3, and Nate Mielke and Carter Brown 2 each. Berg was a man on the glass with 10 rebounds. Z. Brown added 8 and Pothoven 5.

The Irish end the season playing some of their best basketball. They fought through multiple injuries during the season, but credit goes to the coaches and players as they refused to make excuses and competed until the very end. A big thanks to seniors Zac Brown, Kalib Wallace, Andrew McKinley, Derek Scott, and Bryan Chu for all of their contributions to the Irish program.




IRISH DRAW THE LIONS

The tournament draw was held on Sunday and the Irish will open Sectional play on Friday, February 21st, when they take on the Lions from Gahanna Lincoln. The game will be held at Gahanna Lincoln high school at 7:00 pm. The Lions are the 2nd seed in the Central District and feature Michigan State signee Javon Bess. Come out an support the Irish as they look to knock off the Lions.




IRISH FINISH STRONG WITH VICTORY OVER JONATHAN ALDER

It was Senior Night on Saturday as the Irish hosted the Pioneers from Jonathan Alder. The night began with a brief ceremony honoring seniors Zac Brown, Andrew McKinley, Kalib Wallace, Derek Scott, and Bryan Chu. In a fitting tribute to all the hard work the seniors have put in, the Irish turned in a blue collar performance as they defeated the Pioneers, 34-25.

In what has become the trademark of this Irish team, they came out with great effort defensively as they made things difficult for the Pioneers. The coaching staff has the Irish prepared as they seemed to know every play the Pioneers were running. Unfortunately for the Irish they were also finding things difficult on the offensive end. In a low scoring first half they Irish held a slim two point lead at halftime.

The Irish would start to find the range in the third quarter as Zac Brown and Scott Berg found a little rhythm. The Irish continued with their defensive pressure and were able to build a seven point lead. With time winding down in the third period, Kalib Wallace raced up the court and pulled up from 25 feet for a left handed three pointer at the buzzer to give the Irish a ten point lead!

The Irish never let the Pioneers gain the momentum in the fourth quarter. Every Pioneer basket was matched by the Irish. Derek Scott would drain a three pointer from the corner and the Irish would once again knock down their free throws late in the game to preserve the victory. The Irish finished the season strong as they defeated the Pioneers 34-25 for their second victory in a row.

Berg led the Irish with 13 points. Z. Brown and Scott added 5, McKinley 4, Wallace 3, and Pothoven and Nate Mielke 2. Pothoven led the way on the glass for the Irish with 8 rebounds. Berg chipped in with 7 and Z. Brown 6.

Riding a two game winning streak and playing with some confidence and momentum, the Irish now prepare to start Sectional play on Friday February 21st. They will travel to Gahanna Lincoln to faced the Lions at 7:00. Gahanna received the 2nd seed in the Central District and are led by Michigan State signee Javon Bess. Come out and support the Irish as they look to pull the upset.




IRISH START STRONG AND HOLD ON FOR VICTORY AT CANAL WINCHESTER

The Irish braved the winter weather as they traveled to Canal Winchester for their final conference game of the season. Looking to snag their first conference win of the season, the Irish came out with great energy. The first quarter was back and forth as both teams looked to settle into a rhythm. Zac Brown would get the Irish started with a nice jumper and Nick Pothoven crashed the offensive glass for a put back. The Indians would hang tough and after the first quarter they held a 7-6 lead.

The Irish came out the second quarter with great determination and played some of their best basketball of the season. Defensively they terrific as they held the Indians to four points in the quarter. On offensive the played with great confidence as they extended their lead. Scott Berg got going as he knocked down and couple of baskets while Andrew McKinley and Kalib Wallace struck from long range. Carter Brown added a bucket inside and at the half the Irish led 28-11.

The Indians needed a quick start to the second half to close the gap and that is exactly what they got. Brendan Snyder would strike first for the Indians, and he was only getting started. Halfway through the third the Irish lead was trimmed to 7 points. The Indians went to a man to man defense in the third period and extended their pressure full court. The Irish handled it pretty well and Scott Berg was able to capitalize with some each baskets in transition to keep the Irish in command. At the end of three periods the Irish held a 35-28 lead.

The Indians needed a big fourth quarter and that is what they would get from Snyder. He started things off with a three pointer to cut into the Irish lead. Nick Pothoven would then strike from long range to help the Irish maintain their advantage. A couple of plays later Pothoven knocked down another long three to push the Irish lead to 8. That is when Snyder took over. With Irish players draped all over him, he continued to knock down tough shot after tough shot. The Irish ran several players at him on defense and they contested every shot, but nothing seemed to work. Due to his strong play the Irish lead was cut to three. However, that would be as close as the Indians would get. They were forced to foul down the stretch and Andrew McKinley showed great poise as he went 6-6 from the line in the final minutes. Snyder's 32 points would not be enough as the Irish captured their first conference win of the season, 54-47.

Berg led the way for the Irish with 17 points. McKinley added 9, Pothoven, Wallace and Zac Brown 8, and Carter Brown 4. Zac Brown led the way for the Irish on the glass with 6 boards, while Wallace added 4 and McKinley and Pothoven 3.

The Irish wrap up the regular season on Saturday evening when they host Jonathan Alder. The Irish will be celebrating senior night as Zac Brown, Kalib Wallace, Andrew McKinley, Derek Scott, and Bryan Chu will be playing their final home game.




IRISH SHOW GREAT EFFORT, BUT RUN OUT OF STEAM AGAINST THE RAIDERS

The Irish traveled to Reynoldsburg for an out of conference match-up on Tuesday evening. The Irish were once again short handed as Zac Brown missed the contest with an ankle injury and sickness. However, the Irish played with great effort on this night and matched the intensity of the athletic Raiders. The first quarter was up and down with each team looking to capitalize on transition baskets. The Raiders were a little more successful than the Irish in the first and held an 18-10 lead after one.

The Irish started to put things together on the offensive end in the second quarter as they looked to close the gap. Nate Mielke would knock down a three pointer and Scott Berg would add a couple of baskets to get the Irish rolling. Carter Brown then got in the action with two baskets inside. The Irish won the second quarter, but trailed at halftime 32-25.

The Irish looked for a quick start in the third period, but the Raiders jumped out quickly and regained the momentum. They capitalized on a couple of Irish miscues to extend their lead. Taking a 14 point lead into the fourth quarter, the Raiders were in control. Once again the Irish never let up in this one and continued to battle until the final buzzer. The final score of this one was 64-47 Raiders.

Leading the way for the Irish was Scott Berg with 16 points. Kalib Wallace was the other Irish in double figures with 10. Andrew McKinley added 7, Carter Brown 6, Nate Mielke 5, Elyjah Nelson 2 and Derek Scott 1. Berg led the way on the glass with 7 while McKinley added 5 boards.

They Irish travel to Canal Winchester on Friday evening for their last conference match-up of the season.




IRISH CAN'T CAPITALIZE ON STRONG START AND FALL TO THE JAGUARS

The Irish came out on fire Friday night as they hosted the Jaguars from Hilliard Bradley. Playing in front of one of the biggest crowds of the season, the Irish came out with great intensity as they attacked the basket and defended with passion. The Irish did a great job sharing the ball as six Irish players would find the scoring column. Strong rebounding on the defensive end allowed the Irish to score several easy baskets in transition. At the end of the first period the Irish held a 15-8 advantage.

The second quarter started much the same way as the Irish would score the first six points to take a 21-8 advantage. The Jaguars called a timeout that seemed to slow the Irish momentum. The rest of the quarter was all Jaguars as they would outscore the Irish 15-2 to tie the game at 23 at the half.

The momentum the Jaguars established in the second quarter continued into the third period as they erupted for 24 points in the quarter. The Irish tried to stay within striking distance, but they suddenly went cold on the offensive end. Zac Brown, who turned his ankle late in the second quarter, was not able to return to the game and watched the second half with an ice pack on his ankle. The Jaguars finished the quarter strong and took a commanding advantage heading into the fourth.

The Irish tried to make an early run in the fourth, but the Jaguars would not give ground as they maintained a comfortable lead. The Irish continued to play hard to the final buzzer, but it would not be enough as the Jaguars held on for a 14 point victory.

Kalib Wallace and Scott Berg led the Irish with 8 points each. Andrew McKinley chipped in with 7 and Nick Pothoven 6. Rounding out the scoring for the Irish were Zac Brown and Brian Johnson with 4 and Elyjah Nelson and Derek Scott with 2. Wallace led the Irish on the glass with 6 boards while Brown and Nelson chipped in with 5 each. Brown led the way with 4 steals.

The Irish enter the final week of the regular season with 3 games on the schedule. They will travel to Reynoldsburg on Tuesday and Canal Winchester on Friday before ending the regular season with Senior Night on Saturday as they host Jonathan Alder.




IRISH SHOW SOME FIGHT, BUT FALL TO THE PANTHERS

With the latest storm to hit Ohio fast approaching, the Irish tipped off a little earlier on Tuesday night as they traveled to Hilliard Darby. The Panthers got off to a quick start as they capitalized on several Irish turnovers. The Irish had trouble getting on track offensively and all they could produce in the first quarter was a Nick Pothoven 3 pointer and Zac Brown jumper. After one they trailed 13-5.

The Panthers would score the first four points of the second quarter to take a 17-5 lead before Coach Moler called timeout. Once again Coach Moler had the right words to say in the timeout as they Irish played a solid second quarter as they fought their way back from the twelve point deficit. Pothoven would again strike from long range and Nate Mielke turned a steal into a layup to help close the gap. Kalib Wallace used his quickness to get in the lane for an easy bucket and Brown stepped to the top of the key to knock down a 3 of his own. A short time later Brown hit Pothoven for a nice back door layup and the Irish would close the gap to five. With the second quarter clock winding down Pothoven would launch a deep three from the top of the key. It was off the mark but he was fouled on the shot. With 3 free throws and no time showing on the clock the Irish had a chance to cut the lead to 2. Unfortunately, Pothoven would only hit one of the three free throws and the halftime score was 27-23 Panthers.

It felt like the Irish had all the momentum starting the third quarter, but three quick buckets by the Panthers pushed their lead back to double figures. The rest of the quarter was back and forth. Every time the Irish would score the Panthers seemed to have an answer. At the end of the third quarter the score was 39-32 Panthers.

The Irish extended their defense in the fourth quarter as they hoped to pressure the Panthers into some mistakes. The Panthers handled the pressure well and were able to find the gaps and converted several easy baskets. The shots that the Irish converted in the second and third quarters began to miss the mark and the Panthers extended their lead. In the end the comeback did not happen as the Panthers grabbed the victory.

Brown led the Irish with 12 and 7 rebounds. Pothoven added 11 points and 3 rebounds of his own. Rounding out the scoring for the Irish was Scott Berg and Kalib Wallace with 6, while Nate Mielke and Andrew McKinley added 3 each. Elyjah Nelson was strong on the glass with 5 rebounds while Wallace added 2 and Derek Scott 1.

The Irish are back in action on Friday evening when they host Hilliard Bradley at 7:30.

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IRISH JV DROP TOUGH ROAD GAME AT HILLIARD DARBY

With the start time moved up to 5pm to avoid the great storm, the Irish faced off against Hilliard Darby. Darby was led by Scioto alumni Mike Feibig. Scioto was also represented by football and basketball alumni Jay Richardson. Coach Burger looking intimidating in his black dress shirt and silver tie was ready to match coach Feibig move for move.

The first quarter was a back and forth affair with the Irish trailing 11-9 at the end go the period. Jason Griewre kept the Irish in the game by scoring 7 of the teams 9 points. Scioto turned up the pressure and out scored the Panthers 14-6 for a 23-17 half time lead.

The 3rd quarter was a struggle for Scioto as Darby made up the 6 point deficit by holding Scioto to 4 points in the quarter and scored 11 to take a 28-27 lead going into the final 7 minutes. Both teams came out hustling in the 4th and the score was 33-34 with 3:36 and Darby taking a time out. Henry Loe hit 2 big free throws at the 1 minute mark to go up one but Darby answered with a driving lay up to go up one. Justin Schafer then drove and scored with 20 seconds left to go up 40-39. Darby answered with a big 3 with 12 seconds. Down 42-40 Scioto drove coast to coast but turned it over with 2.7 seconds. Scioto stole the inbounds but passed one too many times and did not get the shot off for a disappointing 40-42 loss.

Leading the Irish in scoring was Griewre with 13 points. Also scoring was Loe with 11, Brian Johnson 7, Spencer Stephenson 4, Schafer 4, Paul Lombardo 2

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TONIGHT GAME TIMES AT HILLIARD BRADLEY HAVE BEEN CHANGED

Due to the approaching weather, the game times for tonight's contest vs. Hilliard Bradley have been moved up. The Freshman will start at 5:00 in the Aux gym while the JV will play at 5:00 in the main gym. Varsity will follow at 6:30.




WILDCATS TOO MUCH FOR THE IRISH

It was a quick turnaround for the Irish as they hosted Westerville South Saturday afternoon. This was a make-up from the game that was canceled Tuesday evening due to the weather. Playing less than 24 hours after their loss at Jerome Friday evening, the Irish looked tired as the Wildcats were able to jump out to an early lead. The Wildcats were able to get out in transition and several easy baskets pushed them to a big early lead. Nothing seemed to be going right for the Irish as they couldn't find the range from the floor. The result was a big Wildcat lead after one.

The Irish did show some fight in the second quarter as Andrew McKinley dialed up a couple of triples to get the Irish back in the game. The remainder of the quarter was back and forth. The Irish were not able to get enough stops and even though the Irish won the quarter, they were down 16 going into the half.

Needing a third quarter similar to the one they played Friday night, the Irish instead came out of the half looking tired. The Wildcats took advantage and were able to extend their lead. The Irish were not able to steal the momentum and at the end of three the Wildcats held a comfortable lead. In the fourth quarter all the Irish players were able to see action as they continued to work on things that will hopefully pay dividends the rest of the season. This one would be all Wildcats as they cruised to victory.

It was a tough night for the Irish on the offensive end, but Andrew McKinley was a bright spot as he knocked down 3 three pointers to lead the Irish with 9 points. The Irish travel to Hilliard Darby on Tuesday evening as they look to find some momentum heading into the home stretch.




IRISH JV LOSE IN OT TO THE WILDCATS

As the Irish prepared to make up their Tuesday game with the Westerville South Wildcats, no one was looking more ready for game action than Coach Burger in his athletic gray pull over and fashionable khaki pants. South and Scioto got their offenses going early as the Irish shot it way to a 14-11 lead after the first quarter. However, sloppy play plagued the Irish in the second quarter and South was able to take a 21-17 lead into half time.

The second half did not start off any better for the Irish as South outscored them 5-0 in the first 5 minutes of the 3rd quarter as they found themselves down 26-17. Coach Burger called timeout and Scioto got going as Brian Johnson and Demtri Brandon hit consecutive 3�s and Shaun Gary had a sweet bounce pass to Brandon as he went backdoor for a layup to tighten the score to 26-29 after three quarters.

The Irish again went through a field goal draught to start off the 4th quarter and found themselves down 26-33 with 4 minutes left in the game. They then converted one of two free throws and Johnson hit another big 3 pointer to close the gap to 30-33. Scioto had a big steal by Justin Schafer who found Johnson on the breakaway to pull within 1. Scioto then hit both ends of a one and one to go up by 1 but South nailed a big 3 to jump back to a 3 point lead with 44 seconds left in the game. The Irish then got a defensive stop but missed a layup. Brandon Vertoli was able to force a huge jump ball on an inbounds pass and with the possession arrow in favor of the Irish, Scioto inbounded the ball to Vertoli who found Jason Greiwe for the layup with 13 seconds to send the game into overtime.

Things looked good in overtime for the home Irish as Greiwe scored the first 4 points to give the Irish a 40-36 lead but South hit a 3 pointer with 38 seconds left and eventually got the ball back with 9 seconds left and drove for the winning bucket with 1.5 seconds remaining. Scioto�s desperation heave was off the mark and Scioto suffered a hard fought but disappointing 40-41 loss.

Leading the Irish in scoring were Greiwe and Johnson with 10 points each. Also scoring were Henry Loe with 9, Schafer 5, Demetri Brandon 4 and Mason Mooney 2.




IRISH FALL IN CROSS TOWN BATTLE WITH THE CELTICS

The Irish traveled to Dublin Jerome on Friday evening for a cross town battle with the Celtics. The Celtics were able to get off to a quick start with some hot shooting. Seve Stavroff knocked down a couple of long range bombs to give them an early lead. Zac Brown was working hard inside for the Irish and was able to score six points in the first quarter. The Irish couldn't get much else going offensively and trailed at the end of 1, 15-9.

The second quarter followed the same trend with strong offensively play by the Celtics and the Irish being just a little off from the perimeter. A copy of costly turnovers and easy transition buckets by the Celtics allowed them to take a 33-19 lead at the half.

The Irish needed a quick start to the third quarter and that is what they got. Whatever Coach Moler said at halftime seemed to work as the Irish put up 18 points in the quarter. Nick Pothoven knocked down a couple of long triples and Zac Brown continued his strong play inside. The Irish seemed to have all the momentum as they cut the deficit to 5 points, but a 3 pointer at the buzzer pushed the Celtic lead back to 8 heading into the last period.

The Irish continued to battle in the fourth and several times were able to get it as close as 7 points. After a long 3 by Pothoven gave the Irish some hope, solid free thrown shooting by the Celtics in the last two minutes would prove too much to overcome. In the end the Celtics survive and walk away with a 59-44 win.

Z. Brown paced the Irish with 15 points and 4 rebounds. Pothoven chipped in with 11 points while adding 5 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists. Rounding out the scoring for the Irish was Elyjah Nelson with 6, Scott Berg 5, Nate Mielke 3, and Kalib Wallace and Andrew McKinley 2 each. Wallace added 4 rebounds, Berg and Mielke 3, Nelson 2, and McKinley 1.

It is a quick turnaround for the Irish as they host Westerville South tomorrow afternoon at 4:00 in a make-up game.




IRISH JV COME UP SHORT AGAINST THE CELTICS

Friday night the Irish traveled to Jerome and put forth very good effort but could not close the deal in the fourth quarter. The Irish and Celts battled throughout the first half and the Irish went to the locker room with a 3 point lead. The 3rd quarter, the Irish battled, working hard to hold on to their slim lead over the Celts. Some very good team play took place throughout the game with the Irish playing unselfishly and coming up with big plays. Justin Schafer blocked a shot and Jason Greiwe followed it up with his patented half hook at the 5:50 mark in the 3rd. Mason Mooney answered a Celtic 3 with a 30 footer of his own. The Celts tied up the game 35-35 at the end of the 3rd. The 4th was a battle of wills, but some inopportune turnovers and missed free throws proved costly. The Irish never quit and had an opportunity to tie the game in the last minute but they couldn�t get the ball to drop despite great hustle and two good looks at threes.

Mooney and Schafer finished with 10, Loe with 9, Greiwe with 6, and Johnson 2.




IRISH DROP HOME CONTEST TO WESTERVILLE NORTH

The Irish were back home Friday evening as they hosted the Warriors from Westerville North. The first time these two teams played it was a great game with the Warriors winning a close one due to some timely free throw shooting. This time around it would not be as close as the Warriors jumped out to an early lead and would not let up as they cruised to victory.

Isaiah Keene and RJ Hutcherson led the way for the Warriors with 22 and 16 points respectively. For the Irish Scott Berg led the way with 9 points while Elyjah Nelson added 8 points and 9 rebounds. The Warriors turned up the pressure defensively in the first half and several Irish turnovers allowed the Warriors to score easy baskets in transition. Nothing seemed to be going right for the Irish and the Warriors were able to capitalize on the Irish mistakes. In the end, this was one of those nights for the Irish that all teams go through at some point during the season.

The past nine games have been a challenge for the Irish as multiple players have missed time due to injury. As we head down the home stretch it looks like everyone is back and hopefully they can build on that as they look to make a late run before tournament time. The Irish are at home Tuesday evening to take on Westerville South and then travel to Jerome on Friday night for a cross town battle with the Celtics.




MARYSVILLE PULLS AWAY LATE TO KNOCK OFF IRISH

The Irish traveled to Marysville on Tuesday evening to take on the Monarchs from Marysville. The Irish jumped out to an early 2-0 lead before the Monarchs went on a 10-0 run to take control. The Irish were only able to put three more points on the board in the first quarter and after one the Irish trailed 13-5.

The Irish started slow to begin the second quarter and quickly found themselves down by twelve. Strong defense, good movement on offense and great passing allowed the Irish to turn things around. Nate Mielke and Nick Pothoven were able to turn several back door cuts into easy layups off great passes from Zac Brown. With 22 second left in the quarter the Irish came all the way back and were able to tie the score. The Monarchs held for the last shot and a desperation attempt at the buzzer resulted in a found on Pothoven and three free throws for the Monarchs. They were able to knock down all three and took a 25-22 lead to the locker room.

The Monarchs capitalized on the momentum they gained to end the first half as they started quickly in the third quarter. The Irish once again found themselves down by double digits as they found it difficult to find the range from the perimeter. The Monarchs were in control for much of the second half as they extended their halftime lead. In the end the Monarchs were the better team this night as they walked away with a 62-42 victory.

Zac Brown was the lone Irish to score in double figures as he scored 11 points. Kalib Wallace added 7 while Pothoven and Mielke scored 6 each. Scott Berg added 5, Andrew McKinley 3 and Derek Scott and Bryan Chu 2 each. Zac Brown led the Irish on the glass with 6 rebounds while Pothoven and Scott added 4 each.

The Irish return home Friday evening as they host Westerville North at 7:30.




IRISH JV LOSE ROAD CONTEST AT MARYSVILLE

What a game, what a game, what a game. The Irish and the undefeated Monarchs of Marysville battled tooth and nail for 4 hard fought quarters. Even though the Irish lost 38-39, all fans were proud of the effort and pride shown on the court and Marysville was relieved to stay undefeated. Coach Burger broke out a new white shirt and green striped tie for the game which may have inspired the team after they watched him wear out the gray and black shirt slack combo.

Marysville attacked the Irish with a full court trapping defense but the Irish did not back down and took it right at the Monarchs. Mason Mooney, Nate Mielke, Brian Johnson, Amari McMahon, Paul Lombardo and Justin Schafer were key in handling the pressure as the Irish jumped to a 14-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The Second quarter was played at a break neck pace as both teams played hard. Scioto was able to force several turnovers and travels. Also, while being outsized under the boards, Dimetri Brandon, Spencer Stevenson and Henry Loe boxed out and fought ball after ball. By the end of the half Scioto maintained a 7 point lead and were winning 21-13.

Half number 2 picked up right where the first half left off with both teams playing their butts off. Marysville converted on more opportunities and trailed by only two 28-26. The teams continued to battle in the 4th quarter and the Irish fond themselves trailing 38-39 with 21 seconds left. After a timeout they had a driving look that bounded out followed by an attempted put back which also bounced off the rim without going through.

While all players contributed with tough defense, tough rebounds and great effort, the Irish uncharacteristically had only 4 people scoring for them. Henry Loe had 12 pts, Brian Johnson 10, Justin Schafer 9, and Nate Mielke 7.




IRISH CRUISE TO BIG VICTORY

The Irish were back at home Saturday evening as they looked to build some momentum before starting the second half of the conference season. The Irish hosted NE Ohio Prep and from the tip they left no doubt that this was going to be a great night for the Irish. The Irish played intense full court defense that led to multiple fast break baskets. Looking to attack the paint off the dribble the Irish were aggressive on the offensive end as they looked to exploit their advantage. After the first quarter the Irish held a commanding 19-2 advantage.

The second quarter brought more of the same with the relentless Irish pressure causing multiple turnovers. NE Ohio looked to stop the momentum by knocking down a couple of shots, but the Irish just kept coming. At the half the score was 43-7 Irish.

The third period saw all the Irish get in the game as they didn�t let the foot off the pedal. The Irish played unselfish as they continually shared the ball and tried to get teammates open shots. On the night the Irish assisted on 20 of their 31 field goals. After 3 the score was 63-11.

By the fourth quarter the only question that remained was if every Irish player would score. That question was answered half way through the quarter when Bryan Chu flashed to the top of the key and with no hesitation drained a long three pointer. In the end the Irish cruised to an 83-15 victory.

The Irish shot 52% from the field for the game and 78% from the foul line. They also had 38 rebounds, 19 of which were on the offensive end. The Irish were led in scoring by Nick Pothoven and Zac Brown with 12 each. Scott Berg added 11, Kalib Wallace and Nate Mielke 10, Justin Schafer 9, Derek Scott 7, Bryan Chu and Henry Loe 3, and Brian Johnson, Andrew McKinley and Carter Brown added 2 each. Derek Scott led the way with 8 rebounds while Nick Pothoven, Zac Brown and Scott Berg added 4 each.

It was a great win and performance by the Irish and should provide them with some great confidence as they head into the second half of the conference season. The Irish are off on Tuesday before heading to Westerville Central next Friday to take on the Warhawks.




IRISH UNABLE TO OVERCOME SLOW START AND FALL TO THE INDIANS

The Irish were back at full strength for the first time in two weeks as they hosted the Indians from Canal Winchester on Friday evening. Hoping to stop their recent slide, the Irish got on the board first with a nice entry pass and easy bucket inside by Zac Brown. Unfortunately for the Irish that would be their last bucket of the quarter as they struggled to find the range from the perimeter. The Indians capitalized on a couple of defensive lapses by the Irish and were able to jump out to a 10-2 lead after the first.

The second quarter was very competitive as the Irish began to work their way back into the game. Zac Brown continued to carry the load for the Irish offensively as he converted three more buckets. Carter Brown also scored inside and Elyjah Nelson added a basket to complete the Irish scoring in the quarter. It felt like the Irish started to build a little momentum, but a basket at the halftime buzzer by the Indians made the score 22-12 at the half.

The Irish needed a quick start to the third quarter and Nick Pothoven was finally able to find the range from deep to get the Irish going. A few minutes later Pothoven struck again as he was able to drain two more three pointers that enabled the Irish to cut into the Indians lead. The Indians were able to regain some separation and a couple of easy baskets to end the quarter made the score 30-21.

The Irish refused to go away and a combination of defensive stops and better offensive execution helped them claw their way back into it. Pothoven knocked down another triple while Zac Brown made two free throws. The Indians then knocked down a three pointer of their own to maintain their cushion. Carter Brown and Pothoven were able to score inside and Scott Berg added a jumper from the baseline to give the Irish hope. The Irish had to foul the Indians late and unfortunately for the Irish the Indians were able to make enough of their free throws. Pothoven knocked down his fifth three pointer of the game, but it would not be enough as the Irish fall 40-35.

Pothoven led the Irish in scoring with 17 points, all of them coming in the second half. Z. Brown scored 10 and was the offensive force in the first half. C. Brown added 4, while Nelson and Berg added 2 each. Nelson was a monster on the glass as he led the way with 9 rebounds. Z. Brown added 5 while Pothoven and Berg added 3 each. The Irish out rebounded the Indian 31-30.

The Irish have showed a lot of resolve the past few games as they continue to fight back from early deficits. With the Irish once again being healthy better things are to come as they prepare for the second time through conference play. Saturday night they host a non-conference matchup as NE Ohio Prep comes to town. Game time is 7:30.




IRISH JV WIN OVERTIME THRILLER

The Irish took on Canal Winchester with Grandpa and Grandma Johnson pestering the Scioto JV recap writer. Coach Burger was wearing his classic black shirt, gray pants and green tie.

Brian Johnson opened the scoring for the Irish by converting 3 out of 4 free throws. The Irish then scrapped and clawed but could not convert a basket or put back while Canal rolled off 7 unanswered points. After a time out by Coach Burger the Irish answered and the first quarter closed with the Irish down 7-10.

Canal jumped to a 16-7 lead in the second quarter but the Irish turned up the defensive pressure to close to 13-16. While the Irish struggled to find the bottom of the net, Canal answered with 10 straight points to finish the half 26-13.

The Irish came out in the 2nd half and turned up the defensive pressure leading to 2 buckets by Henry Loe. Scioto cut the lead to 5 but a deep three right before the end of the quarter led to a 23-33 deficit.

The 4th quarter was started with a Scioto 5-0 run. The two teams went back and forth with Loe coming up big in the paint in the 4th quarter and everyone playing tough on defense cutting the lead to 3. Canal hit a big 3 to jump back to a 6 point lead with 1:36 to play. Two big free throws by Nate Mielke and a big offensive put back by Demetri Brandon closed the lead to 41-44 followed by a huge defensive steal by Spencer Stephenson. Mielke added two clutch free-throws to cut the lead to 1 with 43 seconds left in the game. Back and forth continued until the Irish trailed by 3 with 2.3 seconds remaining and the ball. The ball was inbounded and Demetri Brandon nailed a deep three to send the game into overtime as the BANK was open!

In overtime the Irish kept the momentum and converted 5 of 6 free-throws and played great defense to shut the Indians out for an OUTSTANDING, HARD-NOSED, team victory. Once again, many Irish contributed with 9 players scoring. Henry Loe led the team with 15 points, Mielke had 8, Greiwre 7, Brandon and Johnson 5, Stephenson and Schafer 4.




GREAT COMEBACK FALLS SHORT AS IRISH LOSE AT BRADLEY

While most Ohioans were choosing to stay inside to avoid the chilling temperatures, the Irish traveled to Hilliard Bradley on Tuesday evening to take on the Jaguars. For the first few minutes it looked like the cold weather outside had carried over to the Irish shooting as the Jaguars jumped out to an 11-0 lead. Coach Moler used a timeout and after the quick break Andrew McKinley found the range from deep to put the Irish on the board. The next couple of minutes both teams found it difficult to score before Kalib Wallace drained a long one from three quarters court at the buzzer to give the Irish some momentum and make the score 14-6 Jaguars after one.

Things picked up for the Irish in the second quarter as they took better care of the basketball and tightened things up defensively. A three pointer from Nick Pothoven and baskets by Elyjah Nelson and Wallace helped the Irish cut into the Jaguar lead. With the Irish down by four and holding for one shot, the Jaguars forced a turnover and capitalized on the other end making the score 22-16 at the half.

The Irish were looking for a big third quarter to grab their first lead of the game, but the Jaguars started quickly and were able to push their lead to double figures. Instead of going away, the Irish started playing with greater intensity as they slowly worked their way back in the game. Pothoven knocked down a couple of three pointers and the Irish started attacking the offensive glass leading to a couple of put backs that made the score 41-30 Jaguars at the end of the third.

The fourth quarter started well for the Irish as a couple of baskets on the offensive end and stops on the defensive end helped them cut into the lead. The rest of the period was back and forth with each team trading jabs. The Irish got as close as three points in the final period, but strong free throw shooting by the Jaguars helped them preserve their lead and hold on for the victory. The final score was 55-51 Jaguars. It was great to see the Irish show great resolve and competitiveness during the final quarter. They were able to score 21 points in the period as five Irish contributed to the total. Once again the Irish were shorthanded on this night as Zac Brown and Scott Berg missed their fourth straight games. The Irish were also without Carter Brown who was nursing a shoulder injury that occurred during the Darby game last Friday.

The Irish had balanced scoring on this night as Pothoven and Wallace led the way with 12 points each. Nelson added 11, McKinley added 7 while Justin Schafer � 5 and Derek Scott -4 completed the scoring for the Irish. Nelson led the way on the glass for the Irish with 8 rebounds while Wallace added 5 and Pothoven 3. After a cold start the Irish ended by shooting 53% from three point range and 42% overall from the field. They also out-rebounded the Jaguars 25-18. The Irish are back in action on Friday night as they host Canal Winchester.




IRISH JV SURVIVE TOUGH BATTLE AT HILLIARD BRADLEY

Game 10 began as the Irish were at the end of a record long winter break. With temperatures in the single did gets, Coach Burger looked quite toasty in his tie and fashionable Irish pullover.

Both the Jaguars and Irish got off to slow starts as they ended the first quarter down 7-9. The Irish picked it up slightly in the second quarter and were able to pull out to a18-14 lead. Jason Griewre scored all 6 of his his points in the second quarter. Justin Schafer also had 6 at the break while Spencer Stephenson had 4.

The third quarter was a back and forth affair ending wit the Irish still leading 26-28. The fourth quarter was hotly contested. Scioto stretched its lead to 7, 35-28 and then the panthers clawed back to within 3. Schafer hit a three with 3:14 left to give the Irish a 6 point lead. Then the jaguars were whistled for 2 technical fouls allowing the Irish to expand the lead to 8. Bradley was able to get back to within 4 with 1 minute.

Things then got crazy with 17 seconds left as Bradley got called for 3 consecutive technicals and Amari McMahon converted all 6 free throws. The final was a 51-38 Irish victory. Once again a team effort as 9 players scored for Scioto. Griewre led the team with 14, Schafer had 13, McMahon and Stephenson had 6, Demetri Brandon 5, Henry Loe, Paul Lombardo and Brandon Vertoli each scored 2 and Mason Mooney added a free throw.

The Irish now stand at 6-4 on the season.




COLD SHOOTING DOOMS THE IRISH

It was a cold evening outside and it carried over to the court for the Irish as they took on the Hilliard Darby Panthers on Friday evening. Both teams found it difficult to get anything going on the offensive end during the first half. Each team was able to get good looks, but could not find the range from the floor. The Panthers were able to convert enough of their opportunities and at the end of the first period they had an eight point lead.

The Irish turned up the defensive intensity during the second quarter and limited the Panthers to one point in the quarter! Unfortunately for the Irish they were not able to take advantage. The Irish only scored five points themselves and at halftime they trailed by four.

Having struggled lately coming out of halftime the Irish were looking to reverse their fortunes and quickly gain momentum. The Panthers had other ideas and started the third period on a 15-0 run. Coach Moler sensing he needed a spark went to the bench and brought in five new players. For the second game in a row Derek Scott was an offensive spark as he scored seven points. The Panthers kept it going on the offensive end and put twenty-three points on the board in the third quarter and took a commanding twenty point lead heading into the fourth period.

The Irish didn�t get any closer in the fourth quarter and in the end they fall to the Panthers 53-25. For the game the Irish shot 25% from the floor compared to almost 50% for the Panthers. Scott led the Irish in scoring with 7 points while Nick Pothoven and Elyjah Nelson added 6 each. Kalib Wallace chipped in 4 and Nate Mielke 2 to compete the scoring for the Irish. Wallace and Carter Brown led the Irish on the glass with 3 rebounds each.

The Irish are back in action on Tuesday as they travel to Hilliard Bradley for a 7:30 tip off.




IRISH JV CRUISE TO VICTORY

It was a frigid afternoon on the east side of the river in Dublin Ohio as the JV Irish took on the Hilliard Darby Panthers. Coach Burger wore a black shirt with 50 shades of gray in his tie and trousers.

The Irish took a 12-9 lead at the end of the first quarter and extended the lead to 28-16 at the half as 8 Irish scored between 2 and 5 points in the first half in a balanced attack.

The Irish came out and played a great defensive 3rd quarter limiting the Panthers to 2 points in the quarter. Led by Henry Loe's 5 points, the Irish stretched to a 39-18 lead by the end of the quarter. Scioto cruised through the 4th quarter and finished with a 46-28 victory to improve to 5-4 on the season.

Henry Loe led the team in scoring with 9 points, Nate Mielke had 8, Brian Johnson and Mason Mooney each scored 6, Paul Lombardo, Jason Greiwe and Justin Schafer each had 5, and Amari McMahon had 2.




IRISH START SLOW AND FALL TO THE ACES

The Irish were back in action on Monday evening as they traveled to Granville for their first game since the holiday break. The Irish came out sluggish as the Aces jumped out to a 13-0 league. Coach Moler called an early timeout to calm down the Irish and then inserted Derek Scott into the lineup. The substitution paid immediate dividends as Scott knocked down two three pointers to help settle down the Irish. Nick Pothoven drained a three from the wing to complete the scoring for the Irish in the quarter and to make the score 18-9 after one.

The Irish played a more competitive second quarter as they tried to stay within striking distance. Pothoven continued to heat up from long range as he knocked down three triples in the quarter, the final one from NBA range. Kalib Wallace added a nice drive in the lane to keep things close. The Aces had a nice thing going offensively as they capitalized on their size advantage inside as well as consistently hitting the open jumpers from the perimeter. As the half the Irish trailed 32-20.

The Irish needed a quick start to the third quarter to close the gap, but were unable to find the range from the floor. A cold shooting quarter by the Irish combined with a solid third quarter by the Aces left the Irish with a seventeen point deficit heading into the fourth period. The Irish were not able to close the gap in the fourth even though five Irish players got in the scoring column. Nate Mielke knocked down his second three of the game, Pothoven added two buckets, while Andre McKinley, Carter Brown and Wallace added baskets. This was the second consecutive game that the Irish played without their two leading scorers, Scott Berg and Zac Brown. They also battled foul trouble throughout most of the game. In the end the Aces were too much on this night and they Irish fell 61-38.

Pothoven led the Irish in scoring with 16 points, 12 of those coming on three pointers. Scott and Mielke added 6 each, Wallace chipped in 5, C. Brown and McKinley 2, and Nelson 1. Pothoven led the Irish on the glass with 7 rebounds while C. Brown added 5. Nelson added 3, Wallace 2, and McKinley and Scott 1 each. Bryan Chu took a charge while Wallace led the way with 5 assists.

The Irish return to OCC play on Friday night as they host Hilliard Darby. Game time is set for 6:00.




IRISH JV FALL TO 4-4

The JV Irish traveled east to take on the Granville Aces of the Licking Valley League. The Irish got off to a slow start and trailed the Aces 7-13 at the end of the first quarter and were never able to slow Granville down and were still behind 16-29 at half time.

In the second half, the Irish played hard and matched the Aces point for point and trailed 27-39 at the end of the third quarter. Scioto turned up the defensive pressure and forced 11 of the Aces 15 turnovers in the second half and cut the lead to 7 points with 5 minutes left in the game. However were able to get no closer and ended up losing 35-45.

Great effort by all the guys as 8 players scored for the Irish. Nate Mielke led the team with 9 points, Demetri Brandon, Henry Loe and Justin Schafer each had 6, and Amari McMahon scored 4, Brandon Vertoli had 2 and Brian Johnson had 1 for the Irish who now stand at 4 and 4 for the season.




WILDCATS TAME THE IRISH

The Irish played their third game in four nights as they took on the Westerville South Wildcats Monday evening. The Irish were without their two leading scorers as both Zac Brown and Scott Berg were out with injuries. The Wildcats were able to jump out to a first quarter lead as they capitalized on 9 Irish turnovers in the quarter. The Irish played solid on the defensive end and were able to limit the Wildcats to 13 first quarter points. However, after one the Irish trailed by 7.

The Irish played even for the first four minutes of the second quarter as Elyjah Nelson and Kalib Wallace packed the scoring punch for the Irish. The Wildcats showed great resolve and refused to let the Irish get any closer. With the score 15-8, The Wildcats finished the quarter on a 15-5 run to make the score 30-13 at halftime.

The Irish came out aggressive in the third quarter and began to find the range from the perimeter. Four players scored at least 3 points in the quarter led to Andrew McKinley with 5 points. The Wildcats used their athleticism on the offensive end as they consistently got into the paint for easy scoring opportunities. At the end of third the Irish were unable to get any closer and the score was 45-27.

With the Wildcats in control of the game, Coach Moler was able to play 11 Irish players in the fourth quarter. Each player continued to compete until the final buzzer and give maximum effort while they were on the court. In the end the Wildcats were too good on this night and the final score was 69-40. Elyjah Nelson led the Irish in scoring with 15 points while Kalib Wallace added 10. Andrew McKinley and Carter Brown chipped in with 5 while Nick Pothoven added 3 and Nate Mielke 2. The Irish are off for a week before heading to Granville on December 30th.


IRISH JV HEAD INTO BREAK WITH A WIN

Twas the eve of Christmas Eve and the Irish and Wildcats of Westerville South went toe to toe on the basket ball court. Westerville South jumped to a 6 point lead as the Irish still had their minds on what to get mom or dad for Christmas. The Irish then scored the next 7 points to go up 7-6 after the first quarter. The second quarter was a back and forth affair with the Wildcats holding a 16-14 lead at the half.

The third period was a relatively high scoring affair. The Irish doubled their point total and clinger to a 28-25 lead. The fourth quarter opened with 5-0 run but the Irish stormed back to take a 37-35 lead. South then hit a two and three to regain the lead at 38-37 lead and an Irish time out. The two teams continued to go back and forth and Demetri Brandon stole the ball and hit the breakaway layup and a 39-38 with 58 seconds left. The Irish had a huge defensive stand with 12.8 seconds and got the ball with 1.2 seconds but called for a player control foul giving the ball back to the Wildcats for one last possession and missed a desperation 3 which missed for another hard fought victory.

Nate Mielke led the Irish with 12 points, Justin Schafer added 10, Jason Griewre 6, Amari Mcmahon 5, Henry Loe 2, and Demetri Brandon with 2. The Irish are 4-3 going into the holiday break.




IRISH SUFFER SETBACK AGAINST THE WOLVES

The Irish were back in action Saturday evening as they hosted the Worthington Kilbourne Wolves. The Irish were looking to bounce back from a tough loss Friday evening against the Celtics. Unfortunately for the Irish the Wolves jumped out quickly to an 8-0 forcing Coach Moler to call an early timeout. The Irish slowly chipped away at that lead and by stepping up their defensive intensity were able to close the gap to 14-9 after the first.

The Wolves were not willing to let the Irish get any closer in the second period as the Irish continued to struggle from the field. The Wolves pressured the Irish full court and a few turnovers led to easy baskets by the Wolves. The Irish found themselves in a hole at halftime and were looking for a big third quarter to close the gap.

The Irish got some good looks to start the third quarter, but the lid refused to come off the Irish basket. The Wolves did just enough on offense to extend their lead and put the Irish in a tough spot. The Irish did not give up and regardless of the score continued to compete until the final buzzer. In the end it was not the Irish's night and they fell to the Wolves 50-29.

Elyjah Nelson led the Irish in scoring with 7 points. Scott Berg added 6, Carter Brown and Andrew McKinley 5, while Nick Pothoven, Kalib Wallace, and Zac Brown chipped in 2 each. Berg led the Irish in rebounding with 5 while McKinley had 3 steals.

There is not much time to rest for the Irish as they travel to Westerville South on Monday night for an OCC matchup.




IRISH JV SNEAK PAST THE WOLVES

The Irish JV team began the Battle of Hard Road being led by Coach Burger in his festive green shirt (disappointed in no holiday tie), the Irish played tough against a competitive Wolves squad.

Kilbourne jumped to a 5-0 lead and then Mason Mooney opened up the Irish scoring with a physical layup. Spencer Stephenson then scored the next 6 points for the Irish as he was the beneficiary of his teammates holiday spirit and was fed by his teammates on the low block.

In the 2nd quarter Henry Loe got in the act by putting in 4 points and Brian Johnson and Mason Mooney both hit 3s to put the Irish up 18-16 at the half.

The Irish came out in the 3rd period and played tough defense which they transitioned into a 27-21 lead forcing the Wolves to take a time out to regroup. The Wolves responded with a 5-0 run to end the 3rd quarter trailing the Irish 27-25.

Paul Lombardo hit a big 3 to start the scoring in the 4th period...twas a deep 3, followed by another 3 by Justin Schafer. After both teams went on a scoring drought, Kilbourne's Point Guard drained back to back 3's to make the score 35-33 Irish with 1:48 left in the game. With 8 second left Nate Mielke was fouled and hit a free throw to give the Irish a 36-35 lead. Justin Schafer and Jason Greiwe combined on a steel to seal the victory.

A great team victory for the Irish who had 7 players score between 3 and 7 points led by Mason Mooney's 7.




IRISH STRUGGLE IN LOSS TO THE CELTICS

A good crown turned out on Friday night to watch Irish host the Celtics from Dublin Jerome. The first half was a struggle for both teams as there looked to be some jitters for the cross town contest. Each team had difficulty finding the range from the field and neither team was able to capitalize on the numerous first half turnovers. The Celtics were clinging to a 3 point lead with only a few seconds to go in the first half when Zac Brown found his favorite spot at the top of the key and drained a long three pointer just before the halftime buzzer to tie it at 13.

The third quarter started much like the first half with both team struggling to find the range. The Celtics put together a mini run to take a six point lead half way through the period. The Irish continued to fight and were able to keep it close with only a minute to go in the third. Unfortunately for the Irish a couple of turnovers and easy baskets by the Celtics pushed the deficit to 14 points to start the fourth period.

It proved to not be the Irish�s night as they could not draw any closer in the fourth. The Celtics did enough to keep their lead and when they knocked down free throws late in the period they were able to walk out with a 43-26 victory.

The Irish were on the short end of most statistical categories, but did finish the game with more assists and steals than the Celtics. Scott Berg led the Irish in scoring with 8 points followed by Kalib Wallace with 4, Z. Brown, C. Brown, McKinley, and Nelson all added 3 and Brian Johnson chipped in 2. Berg and Wallace led the Irish on the glass with 7 rebounds each.

The Irish are back in action tomorrow evening as they host the Wolves from Worthington Kilbourne at 7:30.




IRISH JV FALL TO THE CELTICS

The Irish and Celtics squared off on the first day of holiday break and it looked like it was going to be happy holidays for the Irish. The Silver and Green jumped out to a 17-10 lead after the first quarter with Justin Schafer, Nate Mielke, Jason Griewre, Paul Lombardo and Amari McMahon all scoring in the opening frame.

Things turned to coal for the Irish in the second quarter as the Celtics jumped out on a 10-0 run and led at the half 23-20.

Things did not heat up for the Irish as the deficit grew to 42-30 after 3 quarters and eventually a 56-36 loss to end the game.

Leading scorer for the Irish was Justin Schafer with 10 points followed by Henry Loe with 8, Paul Lombardo with 5 and Amari McMahon with 4. Hopefully the Irish will turn things around against the Kilbourne Wolves at Scioto tomorrow afternoon.




ALUMNI GAME

The annual Dublin Scioto basketball Alumni Game will be held on Thursday December 26th at 7:00 pm at Dublin Scioto High School.




IRISH RUN OUT OF STEAM AGAINST THE WARRIORS

The Irish traveled to Westerville North on Friday night for their first road conference game of the season. The Irish played their most complete game of the young season, but in the end they ran out of gas and fell to the Warriors 59-50.

The first quarter was a physical affair as both teams came out with tremendous intensity. Unfortunately for the Irish it resulted in leading scorer Scott Berg picking up 2 quick fouls which put him on the bench for a good part of the first half. Zac Brown continues to display great court vision as he was able to find Carter Brown and Nick Pothoven down low for easy layups. On the defensive end the Irish had trouble with the Warriors size and as a result the first quarter ended with the score 13-8 Warriors.

The Irish came out on fire in the second quarter and probably played their best quarter of the season. They exploded for 22 points in the quarter. Andrew McKinley was on fire from deep, Zac Brown completed a four point play and Nick Pothoven knocked down a triple of his own. The undersized Irish continued to battle on the defensive end and were able to slowly claw their way back in the game. A couple of great hustle plays by the Irish kept the momentum on their side and at halftime we were back where we started with the score tied at 30. The only down side to the first half for the Irish was the foul trouble of Zac Brown and Scott Berg.

The Warriors came out determined to take advantage of the Irish foul trouble in the third as they pounded the ball inside on the first 5 possessions. After a couple of quick buckets by the Warriors, the rest of the quarter was a defensive struggle as neither team could break free for easy looks. The Irish played the Warriors even the last six minutes of the quarter, but after three the Warriors held a 40-36 lead.

The Irish gave great effort in the fourth and had several chances to close the gap. Unfortunately for the Irish the Warriors pounded the offensive glass and got several second chance buckets to keep them in the lead. Andrew McKinley continued his hot shooting as he drained his fourth three pointer of the game to keep the Irish within striking distance. The Irish were then forced to foul in the last two minutes and put the Warriors on the line. Solid free throw shooting by the Warriors prevented the Irish from getting any closer and in the end the Irish fall 59-50.

The Irish were physical on the glass against the taller Warriors and only lost the rebounding battle 37-34. The defensive pressure and strong play of the Irish inside helped limit the Warriors to 31% shooting from the field. The Irish turned it over 16 times verses 5 for the Warriors.

Zac Brown and Andrew McKinley led the Irish in scoring with 12 points each. Kalib Wallace added 10, Carter Brown 6 and Nick Pothoven 5. Justin Schafer chipped in with 3 and Scott Berg 2 to round out the scoring for the Irish. C. Brown and Wallace led the Irish on the glass with 8 rebounds each. Z. Brown added 6, Berg 3, Pothoven and McKinley 2.

The Irish return home next Friday as they take on the Celtics from Dublin Jerome at 7:30.




IRISH JV DROP TOUGH ROAD GAME

The Irish JV traveled to Westerville North to take on the Warriors. Coach Burger led the charge in a classic white shirt but still no holliday tie which is a disappointment.

The Irish got off to a slow start with some sloppy play but battled to a 10-7 deficit after the first quarter. In the 2nd quarter, the Irish got things going and jumped to a 19-17 lead at the half � no wait they were tied 19-19 � wait, maybe it was 19-18�After further review it was 19-18 and the game restarted with a back and forth struggle.

By the end of the of the 3rd quarter the Irish had struggled to a 27-25 lead and were working well as a team. In the 4th quarter the game was tied 35-35 with 1:43 left in the game however, after a couple of tough turnovers, the Warriors were able to climb to a 36-35 lead with 26.1 seconds. After an empty trip down the floor the Irish were forced to foul and Westerville North converted 2 free throws for a 38-35 lead and the Irish could not complete a desperation three.

Scoring for the Irish were Justin Schafer with 11 points, Jason Greiwe, Nate Mielke and Henry Loe with 6 points each, and Spencer Stephenson with 2

Up next for the Irish are the Celtics form Jerome on Friday December 20th.




IRISH ESCAPE WITH FIRST VICTORY

The Irish took on the Presidents from Marion Harding on Tuesday night and escaped with their first victory of the season and first of the Coach Moler era. The Irish jumped out quickly to take an early lead before the Presidents came roaring back by knocking down a couple of deep 3's. Kalib Wallace was aggressive getting to the basket and scored 6 points for the Irish in the quarter. Zac Brown continued to stretch the defense by knocking down a 3 from the top of the key and Andre McKinley added a triple from the wing. At the end of the first quarter the Irish trailed 17-14.

The Irish continued to shoot the ball well in the second quarter as they cut into the Presidents lead. Wallace hit from long range and Carter Brown added a three from the wing to give the Irish the lead. Brian Johnson made a strong move the hole for two and Zac Brown continue to impose his will inside with six points in the quarter. A late run by the Presidents allowed them to keep the lead at halftime with the score 31-30.

The Irish turned up the heat defensively in the third quarter by contesting the long range bombs of the Presidents and by clamping down on the driving lanes. The Irish held the Presidents to 7 points in the quarter. On the offensive end Scott Berg got into the action by draining a long three and adding a tough pull up jumper. Zac Brown struck again from the top of the key and the Irish were able to build a little cushion as they ended the third quarter with a 43-38 lead.

The fourth quarter was filled with multiple lead changes as the Presidents looked to steal the win. The Irish built a 47-41 lead before an 8-2 run by the Presidents put them back in front 50-49. Nick Pothoven then drained back to back three pointers to once again give the Irish a five point cushion. The Presidents refused to go away as they continued to strike from long range. Two deep three pointers cut the Irish lead to three points. With the Irish in the bonus the Presidents had no choice but to start fouling. Several missed free throws by the Irish gave the Presidents a glimmer of hope. However, it was not to be as the Irish converted enough free throws in the end and were able to escape with a hard fought 66-65 victory.

The Irish shot 46% from the field as a team and had a 34-31 advantage on the glass. The Irish also finished with 11 assists as a team and only committed 6 turnovers. The only downside to the Irish performance was that they shot 52% from the foul line.

The Irish had four players score in double figures led by Zac Brown with 18 points. Scott Berg had 13 points while Nick Pothoven and Kalib Wallace added 11 each. Andrew McKinley chipped in with 6 points, Carter Brown added 5 and Brian Johnson 2 to round out the Irish scoring. Kalib Wallace pulled down 8 rebounds to lead the Irish. Scott Berg added 7 rebounds while Zac Brown and Nick Pothoven pulled down 5 each.

The Irish are back in action on Friday December 13th as they travel to Westerville North.




IRISH JV PICK UP SECOND VICTORY

Led by Coach Burger in his festive green shirt (disappointed in no holiday tie), the Irish played tough to a 54-38 victory over the Presidents of Marion Harding. After a rough start, the Irish trailed 4 to 9 after the first quarter. However the Irish turned it on in the second quarter and pushed to a 22-16 half time lead. Seven Irish scored in the first half in a balanced attack with Nate Mielke and Brian Johnson each putting in 5.

The Irish and Presidents battled back and forth in a competitive 3rd quarter. Both teams hit some timely shots and played tough. The Irish did fail to convert on two attempted alley-oops to Amari McMahon - go figure-but maintained a 37-28 lead.

Going into the 4th quarter, the Irish maintained the pressure on the offensive and defensive end eventually securing the 16 point victory.

In a balanced scoring attack the Irish had 8 players score with Mielke leading the team with 14. The JV team now stands at 2-1 for the season.




DAVIS MIDDLE SCHOOL NIGHT IS DECEMBER 20TH.

Come out and support the Irish on Friday December 20th as we take on the Dublin Jerome Celtics. We will also be recognizing the teams from Dublin Davis Middle school during halftime of that night's game.


IRISH DROP HOME OPENER 67-49

The Irish hosted a talented Westerville Central team in their home opener Saturday afternoon. The Warhawks jumped out to a quick lead by converting a couple of easy buckets inside and capitalizing on several Irish turnovers. The Irish were able to settle down and after a Carter Brown layup and Zac Brown three from the top of the key were able to tie the game. Eric James, a Dusquesne recruit, was sent to the bench with foul trouble after Nick Pothoven took a charge in transition giving James his second foul in the quarter. The remainder of the quarter was back and forth with the Warhawks finally able to retake the lead and end the quarter with a 17-13 lead.

The second quarter was the Jalen Malone show for Westerville Central. The senior guard was on fire draining five three pointers in the quarter helping the Warhawks to extend their lead. It did not seem to matter what the Irish did, Malone could not miss as he single handily took control of the game. The Irish did what they could to remain close as Nick Pothoven, Zac Brown and Scott Berg all drained three pointers in the quarter. The Warhawks extended their lead in the quarter and at halftime the Irish trailed 41-26.

The Irish needed a big third quarter to cut into the Westerville Central lead. Unfortunately for the Irish several turnovers led to easy Warhawks buckets, highlighted by an Eric James powerful slam in transition that gave them their largest lead of the game. The Irish continued to compete throughout the second half and played a solid 4th quarter, outscoring the Warhawks 16-7. Brian Johnson knocked down a three from the baseline, Carter Brown broke free for a bucket inside and Scott Berg drained all six of his free throws. In the end it would not be enough and the Irish fall to the Warhawks 67-49.

For the game the Irish shot 45% from the floor and went 14-16 from the foul line for 87%. The Irish held their own on the glass against the bigger Warhawks but were outrebounded 21-19. For the night Scott Berg led the Irish in scoring with 15 points. Nick Pothoven added 9 points and Zac Brown 8. Rounding out the scoring for the Irish were Kalib Wallce with 6, Carter Brown 4, Brian Johnson 3, and Andrew McKinley and Derek Scott with 2 each. Zac Brown, Carter Brown and Nick Pothoven pulled down 3 rebounds each for the Irish. The Irish are back in action on Tuesday night when they host Marion Harding at 7:30.


JV DEFEATS WESTERVILLE CENTRAL 59-54 IN OT

Let the #graysquad shirts come out!

The Westerville Central Warhawks and the Scioto Irish braved the great storm of 2013 and battled back and forth during the home opener for the Irish on Saturday afternoon. With Coach Burger and Coach Russell each decked out in all black shirts and looking ready for business, the JV followed suit and played tough hard nose basketball throughout the game. With neither team leading by more than 7 points during the entire game, the Irish found themselves behind at half 22 -21.

The Irish got off to a slow start in the 3rd quarter as Central jumped to a 28-24 lead. However, behind 8 unanswered points by Jason Greiwe and a 10-2 run (all scored by Jason) the Irish took a 34-30 lead at the end of the 3rd quarter.

The 4th quarter was a back and forth affair. With the Irish up 37-36, Spencer Stephenson laid out a physical screen that Nate Mielke took full advantage of as he converted an and-1 3 point play to give the Irish a 40-36 lead. The Irish used that play to spring board to a 46-41 lead with 2 minutes to play but Central did not back down and scored 5 unanswered points to tie the game at 46 at the end of regulation.

In overtime, Henry Loe started the scoring for the Irish with a 3 pointer and then converted an offensive put-back after a big forced turnover by the Irish to jump ahead 51-46. Central came back again to close the gap to 51-49. Dimetri Brandon then came off the bench and secured an crucial defensive rebound, was fouled and converter both free throws. Central was not able to get any closer and the JV came away with a hard-fought, team victory 56-50.

The Irish had 9 people score with Henry Loe leading the way with 16 points, Jason Greiwe 14, Nate Mielke 11, Brian Johnson 5, Paul Lombardo and Dimetri Brandon 4, Spencer Stephenson and Justin Schafer 2 and Mason Mooney with 1.

Great effort by all the players and Congratulations to COACH BURGER on his first High School victory!




GAMES SCHEDULED FOR TONIGHT CANCELED

The games scheduleD for tonight against Westerville Central have been canceled and re-scheduled for Saturday December 7th. The Freshman game will begin at 1:00, JV 2:30 and Varsity will start at 4:00. Please come out and cheer on the Irish as they play their first home game of the season.


IRISH DROP OPENER TO THE BRAVES 67-52

The Irish opened the 2013-2014 campaign last night by traveling to Olentangy to take on the Braves. There was a new leader occupying the first chair on the bench as Mike Moler takes over as the head coach of the Irish program. As can be expected, both teams displayed some opening night jitters in the first quarter. Turnovers and missed assignments on defense were the story early for both teams. The Irish did get on the board first off a beautiful pass from Kalib Wallace to Zac Brown for an easy two. The Braves bounced back quickly by knocking down a couple of threes from deep to take an early lead. The Irish battled the rest of the quarter and after one the score was 16-12 Braves.

The second quarter saw the Braves continue their hot shooting while the Irish did all they could to stay close. A three from the wing by Nick Pothoven and a couple of baskets by Scott Berg kept the Irish within shouting distance. Defensively the Irish were not able to get enough stops to cut into the Braves lead and at halftime the Irish trailed by 12.

The Irish came out in the second half needing a quick start. Unfortunately, they were not able to find the momentum to start the third quarter and playing the Braves even for the period left them with a big hole to dig out of starting the fourth quarter. Just when you thought it just might not be the Irish's night, they came out on fire to start the 4th quarter! An 8-0 run, highlighted by three pointers by Andrew McKinley and Scott Berg cut the Braves lead to 6. After a time out the Braves scored a quick four points to extend the lead back to 10. Even though the Irish were not able to get much closer the rest of the way they continued to compete to the final buzzer. In the end the Irish drop the opener 67-52.

Scott Berg led the way for the Irish in the scoring column with 23 points. Zac Brown added 14 and Nick Pothoven 9. Zac Brown also took three charges on the night! The Irish are back in action at Scioto on Friday night for the home opener as they take on the Warhawks from Westerville Central. Game time is 7:30.


SCIOTO JV FALLS 51-41 AT OLENTANGY

On an early December night the Irish JV got off to a fast start leading 30-17 at the half. Coach Burger, in his Irish debut, sported a white dress shirt and grey tie. Seven different players scored in the first half led by Justin Schafer with 12.

At the start of the third the Braves came out and picked up the intensity on the defensive end limiting the Irish to 1 shot opportunities. The Braves hit 4-3s in the 3rd and out scored the Irish 22-4.

Scioto was not able to close the gap in the 4th and lost by a final of 51-41.


BASKETBALL TRYOUTS BEGIN NOVEMBER 1, 2013!

The first day of basketball tryouts is scheduled for Friday November 1st. All grades will report to the main gym at 4:00.

The schedule for the weekend is as follows:

Friday 4:00-7:00
Saturday 9:00-11:00 1st practice
Saturday 11:00-12:30 Lunch - All players must leave the buidling during lunch
Saturday 1:00-2:30 2nd practice


YOUTH BASKETBALL CAMP DATES ANNOUNCED

Dublin Scioto Basketball will again be conducting youth basketball camps this summer.

Camp dates are and information is as follows:
Fundamental Camp, July 8-11, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm, boys grades 3-8
Shooting Camp, July 15-18, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, boys grades 3-8

Download a Word Version "Camp Application for 2013" or a PDF Version "Camp Application for 2013"




PROGRAM SPONSORS

A number of local businesses support the Dublin Irish basketball program in various ways.

We want to thank each of these generous businesses, and encourage the entire Irish basketball community to support them also!

The Program Sponsors Page provides a listing of these sponsors. During your visit, be sure to thank them for supporting the Irish!


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