Gahanna, Pickerington Central play for regional title

Gahanna's Javan Simmons has helped lead his team to the regional finals, where he and his teammates will face Pickerington Central.

As he walked down the hallway at Ohio Dominican Wednesday just after defeating beforehand-undefeated Westerville South for a spot in the regional final, Gahanna’s Javan Simmons stopped to take a image.

Just one particular door down from the Lions’ locker area was the locker room Pickerington Central experienced employed for its have regional semifinal get versus Upper Arlington, and the signal on the doorway nevertheless recognized the place as the Tigers’. Simmons could not resist snapping a speedy picture as a reminder of what is actually coming in Saturday’s regional last, which recommendations off at 7 p.m. at Ohio Dominican. 

Pickerington Central handed the Lions a 58-53 loss on Jan. 8. Just above two months later on, the rematch is on, with a berth in the point out semifinals on the line.

“This has been the target of this group, to get back again to (the regional last),” Gahanna coach Tony Staib reported. “It’s tough to get below. Select Central-Gahanna, I assume every person desired it in central Ohio. We’re right here.”

Pickerington Central's Devin Royal scored 24 points against Upper Arlington to set up a matchup with Gahanna in the regional finals.

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None of the Lions, the very least of all Staib, will need a reminder of what occurred the very last time Gahanna played in a regional last. Sean Jones, the team’s top scorer, has been using it as motivation since Westerville Central’s fifty percent-court docket buzzer-beater swished by means of the net.

“We’ve been on pause due to the fact that minute last calendar year when that shot went in,” Jones stated. “We’re correct back again the place we want to be.”