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Best of Central Ohio: Finish of the Year 2013-14

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Now that the high school season has ended and the dust has settled, we can now truly take the time to dish out some awards for all the great things that have happened in Columbus over the past five months of boys basketball. Starting with the Coach of the Year award (which Pickerington Central’s Eric Krueger won convincingly), we are continuing on today with asking the readers to decide what game this year had the best finish.

The polls will be open for 7 days, and you can vote once every 12 hours. (Poll is at bottom)

There will be no doubling up of games, so one game cannot be in both the Best Finish and Best Game category.

Other awards to come: Best Game, Player of the Year, Team of the Year

Africentric 49, Fairfield Christian 46 (District Final)

After trailing 42-30 through three quarters, it looked as if the Nubians were going to be denied a district championship for a second straight year. That would change when JaQuan Harrison and his teammates led Africentric on a run for the ages, and Harrison’s bucket with just 15 seconds left gave the Nubians the lead for good at 47-46, who closed the game by outscoring the Knights 19-4 in the final quarter.

Brookhaven 44, Walnut Ridge 42 (OT) [City League Championship]

Just five days after a thrilling win over Northland the Bearcats were back in another tight one, this one for the City League title against Walnut Ridge. Scoring was not exactly what made this game a wild one, it was the defense that helped earn that title, as the Scots held Brookhaven to just three points in the fourth quarter. Brandon Paschal tied the score at 40 for Walnut Ridge, and kept the Bearcats at bay for the final 4:35 of regulation.  Much like the win over Northland, it was Ronnie Williams who sealed the deal late with two game-winning free throws, this time with :38.7 left.

Newark 66, Pickerington Central 63 (OT)

Every game in the Ohio division of the Ohio Capital Conference is a war, and this one was nothing short of that, needing the final seconds of regulation and overtime to determine the winner. Newark’s Jordan Dartis scored a career-high 33 points, including a bucket to put the Wildcats up two with less than 20 seconds left in regulation, but Rodney Culver’s tip-in at the fourth quarter buzzer would send the game into an extra frame. The raucous Newark crowd supported their ‘Cats in full force in those four minutes, and after a Connor Kern three was off the mark at the buzzer of OT, there was a deadlock once again in the race for the Ohio division crown.

Delaware 38, New Albany 37

In a pivotal early season match-up, New Albany beat Delaware 57-40 on Dec. 10 to take control of the OCC-Capital. However, it would be the Pacers who got the last laugh in the season series, knocking off the Eagles twice in a two-week span in February. The first of the two wins came thanks to junior forward Khalil Iverson, who developed a knack for being clutch with a lay-up at the buzzer to beat New Albany 38-37 on Feb. 15. Iverson twice rebounded his own missed free throw in the final ten seconds, finishing the second time with a putback that sent the Delaware faithful into a frenzy, storming the court as the Pacers won their first OCC title in boys basketball since 2006.

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