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T-Birds fly into Regional Finals

BOWLING GREEN – For the second consecutive season the LCC Thunderbirds were responsible for ending the Ottawa Glandorf Titans playoff run, this season by virtue of a 72-63 win on the campus of BGSU.

Ottawa Glandorf got off to a hot start early as the Titans would take a 5-2 lead on a Noah Bramlage three pointer from 25 feet away at the top of the key. LCC responded just moments later with a three pointer of their own to tie the game at 5. Following an LCC bucket that gave the T-Birds their first lead at 7-5, the Titans struck back on their ensuing possession to tie the contest up at 7 with 4:22 remaining.

In the first quarter of Wednesday night’s contest the two squads combined to amass 11 ties or lead changes, including one by OG with :54 left in the quarter behind a trio of made free throws from Brad Recker to push the lead to 15-12 Titans. LCC’s free throws with 3.7 seconds left sent the game to the second quarter with the Titans leading by 1 at 15-14.

The games final lead change would come just :27 seconds into the second quarter as LCC put two points on the board to go up by a single point at 16-15.

On two separate occasions in the period the Titans were unable to score for chunks of time as the Thunderbirds upped their lead by virtue of an 6-0 run and a 7-0 run to 33-24 at the break.

Despite having seen multiple starters commit their 3rd foul, LCC weathered the storm from OG in the 3rd period and scored 15 quarter points as they found themselves leading 48-35 after the games penultimate stanza.

As has been the case so many times in the series between the Titans and the Birds, the team trailing would not just roll over and watch their season come to an end. OG would outscore LCC 28-24 in the 4th quarter, including 8 points from Junior Nick Weirauch.

Every time the Titans would trim the lead to 7 or 9 points, LCC would race down the court and find themselves with a Tre Cobbs or Dantez Walton to push their advantage right back to where it had been previously and hold on for a 72-63 win to advance to the Regional Finals on Saturday.

LCC (24-2) will now play on Saturday night at 7pm looking for their 2nd straight Regional championship as they will take on Randy Kortokrax’s Bishop Hartley Hawks inside the Stroh Center. That contest can be heard live as it happens on 104.9fm, or online at http://1049theeagle.com/ with “The Voice of the T-Birds” Aaron Matthews on the broadcast.

With the loss the Titans see their season come to an end at 19-7 and will say goodbye to 8 Senior, including Princeton bound Noah Bramlage who led the team in scoring this season at over 20.0 points per game, despite finishing with just 17 tonight.

An interesting note on the series: with the win last night LCC has now taken command of the all-time series between the two at 34-33.


OG (63):

Jordan Verhoff 6
Zac Unterbrink 9
Brad Recker 7
Noah Bramlage 17
Cole Osting 2
Nick Weirauch 8
Zach Kuhlman 14

FG: 18/49 (36.7%)
3: 4/17 (23.5%)
FT: 23/27 (85.2%)
Reb: 28 (5 offensive – Bramlage 10)
Fouls: 22
Ast: 8 (Verhoff 3)
TO: 9
Blk: 7 (Bramlage 7)
Stl: 5 (Osting 2)

LCC (72):

Tre Cobbs 12
Nick Taflinger 10
Josh Dixon 13
Dantez Walton 22
Jake Williams 10
Aidan O’Connor 2
Ethan O’Connor 3

FG: 24/51 (47.1%)
3: 3/7 (42.9%)
FT: 21/34 (61.8%)
Reb: 39 (11 offensive – Walton 14)
Fouls: 21
Ast: 16 (Cobbs 7)
TO: 10
Blk: 8 (Walton 6)
Stl: 4 (J. Williams 2)


3 point barrage fuels Titan win

Ottawa Glandorf downed a dozen three pointers en route to a home win over Kalida Saturday night 71-61 at the Supreme Court.

6’2 Senior Brad Recker got the Titans going from long distance in the opening quarter as he drained a trio of shots from long distance. Noah Bramlage accounted for the other six OG points in the stanza as they lead 17-9 at the buzzer.

Following the opening quarter in which they did not connect on any of their attempts from deep, the Kalida Wildcats utilized three triples of their own with one each coming from Devin Kortokrax, Brady Laudick, and Logan Roebke to keep the halftime deficit at 8, 36-24. OG kept their hot shooting from distance alive in the second period as Recker hit one while Juniors Jordan Verhoff and Nick Weihrauch each tossed in a pair from behind the line. For his part Weihrauch also had five three’s in the first quarter of the JV contest as well.

Coming off a game the night before in which he led his team with 17 points in a comeback win over Spencerville, Kortokrax would come out on fire to begin the second half as his shot from deep on the opening possession cut the OG lead to 36-27. Drew Hovest and Grant Unverferth would get into the deep ball act in the stanza as the Wildcats closed the lead to end the 3rd to 7 at 55-42. OG was led in the quarter on the scoreboard by Noah Bramlage’s 5 quarter points. Despite Kalida going 2-2 in the first half, the Titans wouldn’t see their first opportunity at the line until 4:03 to go in the stanza as Jason Schnipke finished off an and-one opportunity.

Bramlage who finished with a team high 21 points on the night (just 1 short of his average for the season) would be the key for OG in retaining their lead as he connected on 6 of 8 charity tosses in the quarter, only Schnipke would add points from the line otherwise for the Titans in the win.

“I’m thrilled we hit 12 3 pointers, but we gave up almost as many as we made, we can’t continue to do that and get away with it”, OG head coach Tyson McGlaughlin said about his teams defensive effort.

The duo of Bramlage and Recker who finished with 50 of the Titans 80 points on Tuesday night in the win over Archbold would team up for 38 of OG’s 71 on this night as they led the Titans to their 6th win of the season against just 1 loss. Western Buckeye League play is up next for OG as they will head to Celina on Friday night to take on the Bulldogs. Bramlage would also finish with a double double as he grabbed double digit rebounds for OG.

Kalida was led in scoring by Kortokrax’s 23 (10 in the 4th quarter) but drops to 5-3 with the loss, they will next travel to Ada Friday night for a non-league tilt against the Bulldogs before returning home Saturday night as they play host to the McComb Panthers.


Ottawa Glandorf (71):

Noah Bramlage 21
Brad Recker 17
Jason Schnipke 11
Jordan Verhoff 9
Nick Weihrauch 6
Blake Blevins 4
Zac Unterbrink 3

3 pointers (12):
Recker 5, Verhoff 3, Weihrauch 2, Bramlage 1, Unterbrink 1

Bench Points (10):
Weihrauch 6, Blevins 4

Free Throws (9/11):
Schnipke 3/3
Bramlage 6/8

Kalida (61):

Devin Kortokrax 23
Brady Laudick 17
Grant Unverferth 10
Logan Roebke 6
Drew Hovest 3
Trent Gerding 2

3 pointers (11):
Kortokrax 4, Laudick 3, Roebke 1, Unverferth 2, Hovest 1

Free Throws (8/9):
Unverferth 2/2
Kortokrax 5/6
Roebke 1/1

JV: 71-41 OG