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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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Columbus Academy beats Bexley on HIGH SCHOOL BOUNCE brought to you by SWIFT TAX SERVICES

Whenever the Bexley Lions and Columbus Academy Vikings get to get, throw-out the records because it is a rivalry that goes back over several years.

Bexley came into the game with a record of 10-9, 6-7 in the Mid-State League Ohio Division. Academy came in with at 13-5, 9-4 in the same division.

The Vikings were coming off a game at Lakewood where they didn’t play well but won 63-49.

Bexley won the first matchup at their gym, 76-72 on Friday, January 21.

It is hard to believe that the Lions are 10-9, because they have two of the better players in the league, Jalen Robinette and Jon Primes.

The Vikings got off to a good start in the first half of play by using their height advantage and patient offense to lead at halftime 28-15. Their defensive effort held Robinette to 7 and Primes to 2 at the intermission.

Eventhough Primes heated up in the 3rd quarter with 9 points, the Lions still trailed 44-31.

Zach Ratcliff took control for Academy in the 3rd quarter by scoring 9 points.

Bexley Lions (file photo)

In the 4th quarter, Academy just took the air out of the ball and cruised to a 58-40 win. The Vikings held the high-scoring Robinette to zero points in the final quarter.

Leading the way for Academy was Zach Ratcliff with 17 points and Tim Eldridge with 12.

For the Lions, Primes had 14 and Robinette with 11 led the way.

Both teams had 13 turnovers apiece.

The ohcsports.com Players of the Game were Primes for Bexley and Ratcliff for Academy.

The Vikings improve to 14-5 overall, 10-4, while Bexley drops to 10-10, 6-8.

BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Columbus Academy loses close game to Bexley

Monte “Muggles” Mulligan contributed to this story

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The Bexley Lions escaped the Columbus Academy Vikings 76-72 Friday night in a Mid-State League Ohio Division game.

The Lions outscored the Vikings 23-7 from the free-throw line.

Zach Ratcliff scored 19 points and Daniel Aronowitz 18 for the Vikings, who used a 16-6 run to take a 72-71 lead with a minute left in regulation.

The host Lions were led by Jon Primes who scored 10 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter. Jalen Robinette, his teammate chipped in with 19 points.

Bexley improves to 7-5 overall, 3-4 in the league. Academy falls to 8-4, 4-3.