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OHSAA Boys Basketball Tournament: Columbus Academy takes control early in 60-34 rout over Cardington

(courtesy Columbus Academy)




The Columbus Academy Vikings made short work of the Cardington Pirates on Wednesday night, with a 60-34 triumph.

The Vikings lead 15-6 after the first quarter and really were never in trouble.

Academy clamped down on defense by limiting the Pirates to six points in the first quarter and four in the third.

Playing their final game at home were seniors Daniel Aronowitz with 17 and Aakaash Paladuga with 14.

Academy improves to 18-5, while Cardington ends up at 6-17.

Columbus Academy too much for Bexley on Senior Night; Vikings get piece of MSL Ohio Division title

Photos by Stuart Mason

Ben Bechtel with his parents

Stephen Casey & parents

The Columbus Academy Vikings thought they missed out on a chance to tie or even win the Ohio Division of the Mid-State League when they lost last Tuesday at Granville.

Adding to that disappointment was the fact that Newark Catholic beat Heath to take a half-game lead.

The two teams, Academy and Newark Catholic split their two meetings this season.

Friday night February 17 came around and it was Senior Night and the Vikings were hosting arch-rival Bexley and the game was on HIGH SCHOOL BOUNCE, where Academy always plays well.

Jacob Mikalov with his parents

Tim Eldridge and his parents

Academy head coach Chris Jones knew he needed his team to respond to the challenge of Senior Night and the chance to tie for the MSL Ohio Division title.

The Vikings left no doubt that they were re-focused with a resounding 79-54 win over Bexley.

The Vikings not only came away with the win but also a tie for the MSL Ohio title with Newark Catholic who lost to Licking Valley.

Licking Valley simply destroyed the Green Wave, 60-40 as Ricky Wilson scored 20 and Hayden Ourant added 19.

The Vikings’ five senior played the final home game of their careers and leave a winner: Ben Bechtel, Stephen Casey, Jacob Mikalov, Tim Eldridge and Zach Ratcliff.

Zach Ratcliff and his parents

The Vikings started the game on a mission. They got the ball relentlessly inside to take advantage of the fact that they have taller players that are hard to defend: Mikalov at 6’8, Daniel Aronowitz, Aakaash Paladuga and Ratcliff who are all 6’4. Bexley’s has no one over 6’4 and their best defender is Jalen Robinette, and even he had problems defending under the basket.

Mikalov took control of the game for Academy with 13 points in the first quarter as the Vikings push out to a 24-12 lead.

The halftime score was 38-20 Academy.

The third quarter ended with the Vikings up 59-37 and they cruised from their.

Head coach Chris Jones has done a great job with the Academy program

The Buckeye Muffler & Brake Player of the Game was Mikalov who led all scorers with a career-high 31 points with eight rebounds and six blocked shots.

Mikalov had plenty of help in the scoring column as Eldridge scored 12 points, Aronowitz and Ratcliff with 11 each.

The Vikings were 19 of 26 from the free throw line and they committed just 11 turnovers. They ended the regular season at 16-4 overall, 12-2 in the MSL Ohio.

The Bexley Lions ended the regular season a disappointing at 7-13, 4-10.

The Lions were led by Sam Nolan with 13 and Robinette with 12.

Bexley could not create free throw opportunities as they were only 2 of 6 and only had 7 turnovers.

Bexley does not have the stable of players like they had during their glory days. The past 5 years, they’ve had Jon Primes, who graduated last year, and Robinette, and no one else to go with them.

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: Academy gets ready for Hartley with 88-27 pasting of Lakewood


Game report from Glenna Coon


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A year ago at this time, the Lakewood Lancers did not have a win at all.

But this season they’ve improved and now have five. But they were no match for the Columbus Academy Vikings on Tuesday night, in losing 88-27.

The Vikings will play Hartley tonight at home and you can hear the game on HIGH SCHOOL BOUNCE at 7:30 p.m.

Chris Jones’ Vikings pushed out to a 18-4 advantage in the first quarter; 43-8 at the half, 73-20 at the end of three and the game was over.

The Vikings were led by Jacob Mikalov with 17 points and Aakaash Paladuga with 12.

Academy is 14-2 overall, 11-1 in the Mid-State League Ohio Division. Lakewood drops to 5-13, 2-10.


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