LEWIS CENTER, Ohio -- After a long layoff where they had to live with the fact that their season was ended not by another team but by a virus, Westerville Central came out like a team on a mission in their opening game on Wednesday, dominating Olentangy 75-49 behind 27 points from senior wing Tasos Cook.
While Olentangy competed early on, Cook took the game over in the first quarter, nailing two three's and throwing down a poster slam on his way to 10 points in the frame, helping the Warhawks claim an 18-11 lead heading into the second.
Dominating every facet of the game as a team, Westerville Central never looked back after this, building up a 40-22 halftime lead that they rode through the finish line.
Getting elite guard play from Cook, Quincy Clark, Landon Tillman and MJ Davis along with solid play on the interior from sophomore Donovan Hunter, the Warhawks showed why they're one of the best teams in the area this year and are a big chance to win the region.
Outside of Cook's 27 points, Clark added 14, Miles Poindexter had nine, Hunter scored eight and Tillman chipped in six of his own.
They move to 1-0 following the win and now shift their focus to a road contest with Westerville North next Monday.
For Olentangy, Austin Sizemore led the way with 10 and Ethan Smith scored nine of his own.
The fall to 4-2 after the loss as they entered the game winners of four straight.
Tasos Cook (6'2 WG / Westerville Central / 2021): Playing the best game that we have ever seen out of him on Wednesday, Cook was fantastic on both ends of the floor. Nailing five triples with extreme efficiency, we were very impressed with the way that the senior shot the ball, making some clear improvements in that area of his game compared to last season. Showing off his athleticism and finishing ability as well, Cook raced to the rim for a few tough finishes in transition, also throwing down three huge dunks. We like how Tasos competes defensively as well, as he is not afraid to get up in you and makes for a very good perimeter defender with his combination of size and quickness. One of the better available wing guards in the area, Cook is certainly a name to keep an eye on this winter. Holds offers from Walsh and Notre Dame College.
Quincy Clark (6'3 PG / Westerville Central / 2021): After spending a few months at Elevation Prep in Indiana before returning to Westerville Central, Clark appeared to continue to improve in his time away, showing off him complete game on Wednesday. One of the best unsigned senior guards in the state, Quincy has an elite feel for the game, as he seriously knows how to run an offense, work in the ball screen game and create offense for himself and others. Dishing out a few assists, nailing two three's, hitting a shot in the mid-range and getting to the rim for a few scores, the senior made it look easy offensively last night. Clark competes defensively as well as he can hold his own with any guard in the area and does a great job communicating and making sure his teammates are in the right place. If you are a scholarship program in need of a big point guard who affects winning in a ton of ways, GET ON CLARK. Holds offers from Concord and Rio Grande.
Donovan Hunter (6'8 WF / Westerville Central / 2023): After doing a bit of learning under an experienced Westerville Central core last season, Hunter stepped into the starting lineup for the Warhawks last night. While he has the potential to be a wing at the next level despite standing at 6-foot-8, Hunter has to operate mostly inside for Westerville Central this season and did a great job of that on Wednesday. Blocking a shot, cleaning up the glass and scoring on the interior several times, Hunter used his size to advantage and played aggressive to make his impact felt. He also had an impressive finish after attacking off the dribble, showing off his perimeter skill a bit as well. A hard worker who we will really see blossom after Westerville Central loses a few key guards following this season, Hunter is a name to keep an eye on as he is one of the area's better 2023 prospects and holds offers from George Washington and Ohio university.
Landon Tillman (5'10 G / Westerville Central / 2021): A key piece to a Westerville Central backcourt where Cook and Clark receive most of the attention, we were impressed with Tillman last night. Showing off improvements to his offensive game, the senior hit a tough mid range off the bounce and got to the rim for a tough finish through contact. Tillman also competes with everything he has defensively, diving for every loose ball in sight and even blocking a shot last night. A kid who just wants to do what he can to contribute to winning, we love the fire and intensity that Tillman brings to this Westerville Central team.