The boys basketball team finished their season off in heart-breaking fashion losing to Newark in the District Finals. Although they came up short in the end, they had one of the best seasons in program history, it was the first time the team had made the district finals since 2013. They finished the season with a 17-8 record with a 7-3 OCC Buckeye record. Big wins throughout the year came against Liberty at home and Olentangy on the road. They were a team who could shoot lights out but if they were off then they were a scrappy group who found a way to win a lot of games. They were led by senior guard Bryson Lane who set the single season record for most points in a single season. In the biggest game of the year, he had a career high 29 points and led the Pioneers over the #1 Dublin Coffman 77-67 in the district semi finals. Lane will continue his career at Ohio Wesleyan University. Seniors Luke Ballinger and Nik Brannon were also big parts of the team this year and were some of the top shooters on the team. “What made us so special is how close we were with each other. Our friendships off the court led to success on the court. We were all unselfish and didn’t care who scored. We all had a common goal and that goal was doing what was best for the team to win games,” said Ballinger. In an interview with the Delaware Gazette, head coach Anthony Calo said, “They fought like crazy. We’re a great shooting team and we didn’t shoot the ball well, but we were still in the game. I’m very proud of our kids for that.” Key returners will be Ryan Cutler (Jr.) and Andre Irvin (So.) who were the other starters this year and will be the leaders next year.
Written By: Tyler Ross