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Friday Night Predictions

By Zach Fleer, 01/13/17, 12:00PM EST

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A look at our predictions for Friday's top games

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Another loaded night of high school hoops awaits in Central Ohio. With 30+ games on the docket, let's take a look at our picks for tonight's games.

Top Games

#3 Newark (12-0) vs. #12 Groveport (11-2)

A battle for first place in the OCC-Capital tips off tonight at Newark, as the undefeated Wildcats are looking to take full control of the division. Groveport is coming off en emphatic home win over No. 9 Pickerington North on Tuesday, as the Cruisers look to be back to full strength after struggling last week. Standing in their way is a Newark team that is very senior laden, and has dominated nearly everyone it has played. We see Newark holding home court and taking over control of the division. 

#1 (D2) South (11-0) vs. #4 (D2) Eastmoor (6-3)

City League South supremacy is on the line as undefeated South heads to Eastmoor for a tough road matchup. The Bulldogs have been on fire recently, blowing teams out and building early leads. Eastmoor, on the other hand, has played tough basketball recently, picking up wins over Walnut Ridge, Westerville North and Africentric in the last week. Can the Warriors stay hot and knock off undefeated South? This one could come down to the wire. 

#7 Reynoldsburg (11-2) vs. #9 Pickerington North (9-4)

Two teams that experienced buzzer beaters on Tuesday will match up for an all-important battle in the OCC-Ohio on Friday. Reynoldsburg is coming off an upset win at No. 2 Westerville South, in which Reece Strohm banked in a 25-footer for the win. Pickerington North, on the other hand, was defeated by Groveport on the road in similar fashion. Both teams stand just one game behind Pickerington Central in the division, and need to win in order to stay in contention for a league title. This could be another thriller that comes down to the last shot. We see Reynoldsburg holding on late at home. 

City League Picks

Walnut Ridge (3-6) vs. #3 (D4) Africentric (8-4)

#10 (D2) Beechcroft (6-5) vs. Linden (7-3)

International (0-8) vs. Centennial (2-8)

Whetstone (3-6) vs. Mifflin (4-6)

Independence (3-7) vs. West (1-7)

#4 Northland (9-1) vs. East (4-6)

Marion-Franklin (3-7) vs. Briggs (4-5)

OCC Picks

#23 Central Crossing (6-6) vs. #20 Dublin Coffman (5-5)

#6 Upper Arlington (10-1) vs. Marysville (4-7)

#14 Gahanna (6-5) vs. #21 Lancaster (6-6)

#5 Hilliard Bradley (11-1) vs. Hilliard Darby (2-10)

#16 Hilliard Davidson (5-4) vs. Westland (1-10)

#17 Olentangy Liberty (7-4) vs. Westerville Central (2-8)

#19 Thomas Worthington (6-5) vs. Worthington Kilbourne (4-8)

#18 Canal Winchester (9-3) vs. New Albany (3-7)

#13 Grove City (8-4) vs. #1 Pickerington Central (10-0)

#22 Olentangy Orange (5-6) vs. #24 Olentangy (5-5)

Franklin Heights (2-9) vs. Big Walnut (0-10)

#11 Dublin Jerome (10-3) vs. #25 Dublin Scioto (5-5)

CCL Picks

#4 (D3) Ready (8-4) vs. #3 (D2) DeSales (8-2)

#8 St. Charles (10-1) vs. #7 (D2) Hartley (7-3)

Non-League Picks

Watterson (4-6) vs. #10 Westerville North (8-3)

#2 Westerville South (9-2) vs. Cathedral Prep (PA)

Mid-State League Picks

#5 (D4) Fairfield Christian (6-3) vs. #1 (D4) Grove City Christian (10-1)

#2 (D4) Harvest Prep (7-2) vs. Millersport

Season Predictions Record

104-29

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