Boys Varsity Basketball
Game Summaries & Headlines.
- Game Date
- Jan 29, 2021
- OLYMPIANS: 70
EAST CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL: 79
Columbus East's Will Rieckers defends a shot by East Central's Ryan Sehlhorst during Friday's game in the Orange Pit at Columbus East High School. Tommy Walker (For The Republic)
The Columbus East boys basketball team celebrated its senior night festivities prior to tipoff of Friday night’s contest with East Central.
East Central spoiled the party.
Luke Collinsworth, a 6-foot-7, 300-pound senior who has committed to play football at the University of Cincinnati, burned the Olympians inside the paint with a game-high 35 points to send East home with a 79-70 loss.
“He’s just a big, strong kid,” East coach Brent Chitty said. “That kid is a man, he’s athletic and he moves well. He stays with his game. He doesn’t try to do too much. He’s a load for us. All we can is go back to work.”
Will Rieckers got off to a quick start with two 3-pointers to help the Olympians (1-11) go ahead 9-8. The Trojans (9-6) hit back to back 3s to pull ahead 14-9. Daniel Murphy scored the final six points for East to keep it only at an 18-15 deficit after the first quarter.
The Olympians trailed 34-29 at the half, but then East Central jumped out on an 11-5 run to extend its lead to double digits at 45-34. After a Rieckers 3-pointer, the Trojans went right to Collinsworth inside for a 51-39 lead. East kept itself within distance heading into the fourth quarter by scoring the final six points of the third to cut the deficit to 51-45.
The Olympians hit five 3-point baskets in the fourth quarter, but the size of Collinsworth was too much in the end. He scored 15 of his 35 points in the final period.
Murphy led East with 22 points. Ben Sylva finished with 13, Tyler Boyer had 12 and Rieckers added 10.
Ryan Sehlhorst finished with 14 points, and Logan Rohrbacher added 12 for East Central.
The Olympians have a few days to refocus before they take on Brownstown Central at home on Thursday. East then has a home contest with New Albany on Feb. 6.
“No matter what happened tonight or last week, you’re only as good as your next one,” Chitty said. “You have to have a short memory, good or bad. You have to have a short memory and be ready.”