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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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