Central wins Picktown Showdown over North thanks to Manley, Francis


COLUMBUS -- Pickerington Central used its big guns to take down rival Pickerington North, 75-58 in the regional final Saturday night at Ohio Dominican University.

Senior center Sterling Manley, who will play his college ball at North Carolina, scored 21 points to go with nine rebounds and four blocks. Sophomore guard Jeremiah Francis also scored 21 points for the Tigers who led at half 37-25 and never let up.

North was led by Jerome Hunter with a game-high 25 points.

Eastmoor Academy and Wellington Academy also advanced to the State's Final 4 next week from the Columbus area.

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