Westerville Central handles Delaware Hayes in OCC Central play

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Westerville Central 78, Delaware Hayes 47
The Westerville Central High School boys basketball team turned in a
dominating performance against visiting Delaware Hayes on Friday.
Four players scored in double figures and the Warhawks pulled away in
the second half for a convincing 78-47 win against the Pacers. Tyler Devoll led the way for Central with 15 points followed by his
brother, Jourdon, with 12. Max Van Meter and Jerrell Fernandez added 11
points apiece.


WESTERVILLE – The Westerville Central High School boys basketball team turned in a dominating performance against visiting Delaware Hayes on Friday night.

Four players scored in double figures and the Warhawks pulled away in the second half for a convincing 78-47 win against the Pacers.

Tyler Devoll led the way for Central with 15 points followed by his brother, Jourdon, with 12. Max Van Meter and Jerrell Fernandez added 11 points apiece.

Central’s victory sets up a clash with Pickerington North tonight at North.

The Warhawks stand at 10-3 overall and 5-1 in the OCC-Central Division. The Panthers fell to 5-8 and 3-3 following a 54-53 loss at Marysville (5-9, 1-5) on Friday night.

Central and Thomas Worthington are tied for first in the division at 5-1. The teams will square off on Feb. 1 at Thomas. The Cardinals (12-3) handed the Warhawks their lone conference loss 52-38 on Dec. 28.

Thomas cruised past Central Crossing (7-7, 1-5) 73-35 on Friday night.

Since the loss to the Cardinals, Central has won four of its next five games, with the lone setback a 60-57 non-league loss at Big Walnut on Jan. 8.

The Warhawks defeated North 62-54 on Dec. 7 at Central.

Against Delaware (3-3, 6-7), Central opened a 36-23 lead at the half and then added to its advantage throughout the second half.

The Pacers’ final lead was 9-8 following Sean Rothermel’s three-point play midway through the first quarter.

From there, the hosts took the lead for good, using a 16-6 run to open a 24-15 advantage midway through the second quarter. Tyler Devoll highlighted the early run with an acrobatic drive through the lane for two points.

Marr Mansfield scored inside on passes from Max Van Meter and Jerrell Fernandez, giving the Warhawks their biggest lead of the half at 36-21.

After the visitors closed to within 36-30 early in the second half, Central quickly regained control, outscoring the Pacers 26-8 over the next 6:45 to open a 62-38 lead heading into the final quarter. Tyler Devoll’s three-point play pushed the lead to double figures at 41-30 and the Warhawks never looked back.

“The beginning of that quarter told the story,” Central coach Todd Minney said. “We went out and the first two possessions were overconfident and I don’t like that at all. I called timeout, talked to them a little bit about it in a nice manner, fired them up a little bit and they came out and we increased the intensity on the defensive side of things and we made a nice run which was tough for them to recover from.

“We did an outstanding job tonight on the ball. I was proud of them defensively.”

Van Meter, a 6-foot-4 sophomore center, provided a spark, scoring inside and then connecting on a 3-pointer.

Lucious Mayfield III also provided energy off the bench for Central as he finished with eight points.

Minney used 10 of his 11 available players in the first quarter.

Senior post player Rob Matthews led the Pacers with 12 points. Junior guard Pat Kennedy chipped in with eight points.

“We still have a lot to learn,” Minney said. “We’re a team that plays hard and we have to get better every single day.”

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