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Area hoopers earn NCAA Tournament bids

Northwest Ohio has long been blessed with an immense amount of talent from the boys basketball ranks and that was never more evident than this season as a host of prep stars earned bids to compete for their collegiate squads in the upcoming NCAA Men’s Division 1 and Division 2 Basketball Tournaments.

University of Dayton Sophomore Ryan Mikesell of St. Henry will take the short trip to Indianapolis this weekend as his Flyers (24-7) begin their march to the finals in the South Regional where they will battle the Wichita State Shockers (30-4) starting at 6:10pm on Friday night.

Joining Mikesell at Bankers Life Fieldhouse are the Lima Central Catholic duo of Tre Cobbs and Dantez Walton who are both Freshmen at Northern Kentucky University (24-10) and just a year removed from a trip to the OHSAA State Tournament where they helped the T-Birds capture a Division 3 championship. NKU will begin their trek on Friday night around 9pm as they take on Southeastern Conference Champion Kentucky (29-5) in the first round.

Also in action in Indianapolis will be the Big Ten Tournament Champion Michigan Wolverines (24-11) and last seasons OHSAA Division 1 Player of the Year and Mr. Basketball in the state of Ohio Xavier Simpson (Lima Senior) as he and his team make the four hour trip for a Friday morning 11:15am matchup with Oklahoma State (20-12).

8th seeded Wisconsin (25-9) who begins their play Thursday night at approx 8:45pm against ninth seeded Virginia Tech (22-10) in Buffalo, NY is well represented by young talent from Ohio as they feature a foursome of talented players from the Buckeye state. Representing close to the area are the duo of Seniors Nigel Hayes (Toledo Whitmer), and Bowling Green Bobcat standout Vitto Brown.

The Midwest Regional will feature the Purdue Boilermakers (25-7) and Elida product Dakota Mathis as they take on a 29-5 Vermont squad in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Thursday at 6:27pm.

19-14 Michigan State takes a trek to the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma as they look to advance past the Miami Hurricanes (21-11) and advance to the second round with Versailles Tiger and current Sophomore guard Kyle Ahrens on Friday at 8:20pm.

Ivy League Champion Princeton (23-6) will have Ottawa Glandorf big man Noah Bramlage with them as they head east to Buffalo on Friday night for an early morning 11:15am start against ACC Tournament finalist Notre Dame (25-9) at the Key Bank Center.

Already in full swing with their team deep in the Division 2 bracket and with a Wednesday night date in Louisville, KY against Bellarmine University at 7pm, the Findlay Oilers are well represented by local products as they feature Bath’s Taren Sullivan, Defiance’s Katwan Singleton, Martyce Kimbrough of Lima Central Catholic, Elijah Kahlig of Fort Recovery, Ricardo Smith from Toledo Whitmer, and Toledo Central Catholic’s Trey Buford among their ranks.

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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.

Scoring:

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)

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14 3’s help Titans past Vikings

Ottawa Glandorf utilized 14 triples on Monday night as they downed Leipsic by an 84-40 margin.

Senior forward Noah Bramlage drained 4 first quarter triples while Zac Unterbrink also added a shot from deep to give the Titans a 24-9 advantage after the first 8:00 on their opponents home court.

Things wouldn’t get much better for the Vikings in the second stanza as they were only able to put up 10 points and trail heading into the half by a 41-19 margin. Nate Brecht and Jordan Brown would combine to score 12 of the 19 in the first half for Leipsic.

With Leipsic missing their tallest player in Ross Mangas for the year, and Gavin Cupp in foul trouble the Vikings were unable to shut down the Titans on the perimeter as OG nailed 6 shots from deep in a row and put 33 points on the scoreboard in the period to just 5 for Leipsic.

OG’s press would cause problems for Leipsic all night as the Vikings were forced into 25 turnovers in the ballgame. Leipsic outscored OG in the 4th quarter by a 16-10 margin as Grant Schroeder would score all 9 of his points in the final stanza, but it was not enough as the Titans won their 4th straight against the Vikings, this time 84-40.

With the win the Titans up their record to 13-6 overall while the Vikings fall to 9-9 on the season. OG will get a bye in the first round of the tournament before taking on the Evergreen/Montpelier winner, Leipsic will begin their run in Van Wert as they take on Fort Jennings.

Scoring:

OG (84):

Jordan Verhoff 4
Jason Schnipke 4
Zac Unterbrink 8
Cole Osting 8
Nick Weihrauch 6
Zach Kuhlman 6
Brad Recker 13
Bryce Utrup 2
Blake Blevins 7
Noah Bramlage 25
Sid Moening 1

3s: 14
FT: 9/13

Leipsic (40):

Gavin Cupp 2
Matt Schroeder 6
Isiaah Lomeli 4
Grant Schroeder 9
Jordan Brown 7
Nate Brecht 8
Hunter Meyer 2
Grant Rader 2

3s: 3
FT: 7/11

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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.

Scoring:

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

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T-Birds fly south to Columbus

Each of the previous two seasons have ended for Lima Central Catholic on the floor of the Stroh Center at the hands of the Ottawa Glandorf Titans, but not this season.

LCC used a big performance by Martyce Kimbrough to secure the win as the Senior tossed in another 20 point performance to lead his team to a 55-40 win over the defending Division 3 State Champion OG Titans.

OG trailed after the 1st quarter 10-8 but despite another outstanding 4th quarter from the free throw line as they have done in all 3 visits to the Stroh Center this postseason were not able to get enough points to outscore the T-Birds.

The Titans were led in scoring by 6-7 Junior Noah Bramlage with 19.

OG’s season comes to an end at 16-11 while LCC improves to 23-4 and will next play on Friday afternoon at 2pm inside the Schottenstein Center in Columbus against Roger Bacon for a chance to play either defending Division 4 State Champion Villa Angela St. Joseph or Columbus Bishop Ready in the State Finals. Ready and VASJ will meet in the early contest on Friday at 10:45am.

2010 was the last time LCC was able to hoist a State Championship trophy but will be making their 7th appearance since 1989 on Friday.

Hear the T-Birds take on Roger Bacon with the “Voice of the T-Birds” Aaron Matthews beginning at 1:30pm Friday on www.931thefan.com or listen to all of the games on via your tunein ap courtesy of www.zsportslive.com

Hear the game as it aired with Michael Hirn and Chris Kuhlman:

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LCC/OG advance to meet for 5th straight year

Ottawa Glandorf and Lima Central Catholic both picked up wins last night at the ONU Sports Center and will now meet on Saturday night in the D3 Regional Finals in Bowling Green for the 5th straight postseason.

Lima Central Catholic advanced with a win in the first game at ONU 64-37 over Worthington Christian. LCC jumped out to an early lead and used a couple of quick 1st quarter runs to lead 15-8 after the first stanza.

The second quarter did not get any easier for the Warriors as LCC torched them for 23 points to lead 38-14 at the halftime break.

A cool moment in the second half came when Martyce Kimbrough scored his 1,000th point, much to the delight of the LCC student section who in unison began to chant “That’s 1000” to show their appreciation in the stands.

LCC would continue to shoot a high percentage in the second half as they outscored the Warriors 26-23 to advance to the Regional Finals for the second straight season in Bowling Green and pick up win number 22 on the season against just 4 losses. Worthington Christian finishes their season at 19-7.

Lima Central Catholic was led in scoring by Kimbrough with 18 and followed in double figures by Xavier Simpson with 14, and Tre Cobbs with 13. Worthington Christian was led by 13 from Johnny Wordlaw.

In the nightcap the defending Division 3 State Champion Ottawa Glandorf Titans took the floor in front of 1367 fans for the first time against the Huron Tigers with the winner knowing they’d advance to play LCC on Saturday night.

Despite slow starts in both District games last week, the Titans were able to jump out to a fast one against Huron as they led 16-8 after the first stanza behind 7-14 shooting while holding the Tigers to just 3-9 from the field.

Noah Bramlage who had 6 of the Titans first quarter points continued to torment the smaller defenders as he added three more before the half, but it was teammate Zach Kuhlman who did the most damage before the break as he accounted for 8 points in the quarter and 11 total to give his team a 35-23 advantage at the half.

For the first half the Titans shot 15-28 from the field while holding the Tigers to 9-22 from the field and just 3-10 from deep. Cody Thompson had a good first half for his team leading the way with 9 points on 4-9 shooting for Huron.

Bramlage, the 1st Team All-WBL selection this season started off the 3rd quarter for OG with a bang as he ignited a quick 4-0 run for his team with a jumper off an assist by Matias Trampe-Kindt to put OG up 36-27 just 26 seconds into the stanza.

Huron would close the gap to 45-37 at the end of the 3rd quarter as they outscored Ottawa Glandord 14-10 but couldn’t get any closer in the 4th.

As they have done the past couple of games, OG shot almost flawlessly from the charity stripe in the 4th quarter to finish 14-18 on free throws to ice the game to secure the 63-45 win.

OG finished 23-45 from the field but just 3-10 from 3 in the win with two of those coming from Bramlage. Huron was outscored 18-8 in the 4th quarter and finished 15-43 from the field, 8-14 from the free throw line, but were able to stay in the game by making 7-22 3 pointers on the night.

Huron was led in scoring by Junior Adam Storer who poured in 18 points on 5-10 shooting and 4-9 from 3 to go along with his perfect night from the free throw line (4-4). Ottawa Glandorf was led by 19 from Bramlage, 14 from Zach Kuhlman and 12 from Tyler Zender in the win.

The Tigers and coach Bobby Jones finish their season at 18-7 and fall in the Regional Semifinals for the 2nd straight season in the Bowling Green Regional. Ottawa Glandorf ups their record to 16-10 and into a Regional Finals rematch from a year ago where they defeated the Thunderbirds en route to the D3 State Championship.

Hear the matchup Saturday night on www.zsportslive.com at 7pm from Bowling Green State University’s Stroh Center with myself, Chris Kuhlman and Steve Wiener as the T-Birds look for retribution against a Titans team who has ended their last two seasons at the Regional level.

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OG vs Huron Regional Semifinal Preview

The Ottawa Glandorf Titans and Huron Tigers were supposed to meet one another on Wednesday night in Bowling Green at the Stroh Center, but as she often does Mother Nature had other ideas. Following a postponement and a realignment of games in the state, OG will now meet Huron in Ada at Ohio Northern University on Thursday night at approximately 8pm.

Ottawa Glandorf, the defending Division 3 champions will enter the contest at 15-10 and riding a 3 game winning streak. Despite opening the season at 3-3 through their first six games, OG rallied to finish with 15 wins by stringing together two separate 4 game winning streaks in the middle of their schedule en route to their fourth straight District Championship.

Despite slow starts against both Archbold and Paulding in the District round at the Stroh Center, the Titans were able to survive and advance with blistering fourth quarters at the free throw line and full court pressure defense. In the win over Paulding that earned Ottawa Glandorf another chance to play in Bowling Green, the Titans shot 10-13 from the charity stripe to finish off the Panthers and cut down the Stroh Center nets.

Offensively the Titans are scoring at a 55.6 per game clip, but are giving up 52.6 points per contest, a razor thin margin for a team that has gotten off to such slow starts in the OHSAA Tournament.

Six of the Titans ten losses this season are to teams who played in a District Finals. Two of those six losses are to fellow Western Buckeye League teams in Bath (20-4) and Defiance (21-3), both of whom are still alive in the Division 2 Regional bracket.

First team All-WBL selection Noah Bramlage leads the Titans offensively averaging about 18 points per game. The Junior also leads the team in rebounding as he pulls down 8 rebounds per contest as well. Bramlage has draw noticeable attention from major college programs such as Yale, Wright State, Purdue, and Northwestern among others. Coach James Johnson of Virginia Tech and his staff even made their way to see Bramlage in person earlier this season.

Huron’s Tigers find themselves in uncharted territory as far as the history of their program goes. Thursday night will make the first time in school history that Huron has ever had back to back Regional appearances. Despite losing to Bloom Carroll last season and fall one game short of a Regional Finals matchup with OG last season, the Tigers used the experience as something to build off of and will roll into Ada with an 18-6 mark on the season.

Leading the way for the Sandusky Bay Conference runners up is the Senior duo of Keegan Bollenbacher and Cody Thompson who have been teammates since the fourth grade and know where one another is on the court at all times. Bollenbacher, a Division 3 Northwest District Honorable Mention selection this season is averaging 10.9 points per game and has connected on nearly 100 shots from beyond the arc. Thompson is a two sport athlete who was selected as 2nd Team All-SBC in basketball last season is also a star on the gridiron where he was named 1st Team All-State at Defensive Back in Division 5 averages 10.5 ppg.

Offensively the Tigers average 56.9 points per game and give up 49 per game. Huron has been fantastic on defense as they have yet to allow a team more than 37 points in three tournament matchups during their run. A six game winning streak will be on the line for the Tigers as they last lost on February 15th at Norwalk 56-47.

Despite being a Division 3 team, Huron plays a tough schedule that is laden with Division 1 and 2 squads. Two of Huron’s six losses came at the hand of one team who is still playing in the Division 1 Tournament (25-1 Norwalk), and Division 2 Olmsted Falls who finished the season with 16 wins this year.

Tomorrow will mark the first time that Ottawa Glandorf has ever faced Huron, but it will mark the second time OG has played a team from the Sandusky Bay Conference as they lost to Clyde in the 1995 Regional Finals to Clyde.

One interesting note from the Titans fourth straight Regional trip is that it will mark the 27th consecutive year that at least one team from Putnam County has made it that far.

The game can be heard live on www.zsportslive.com at approx 8pm from the ONU Sports Center with myself, Steve Wiener and Leipsic Vikings Assistant Coach Chris Kuhlman with the winner advancing to the Regional Finals at 7pm on Saturday night against the winner of the earlier game as 21-4 Lima Central Catholic matches up with 18-7 Worthington Christian at 6pm in Ada.

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Bulldogs down Titans

Listen to the broadcast here: Elida vs OG Broadcast

Friday night Robert J. Hermiller Gymnasium in Ottawa was packed to capacity and was rocking early as the Elida Bulldogs came into town to take on the defending Division 3 state champion OG Titans. Both teams were trying to keep pace in the Western Buckeye League race as Elida entered at 5-1 in the conference while OG came in 4-2 in the WBL race.

Elida got off to a hot start as future Purdue Boilermaker Dakota Mathis picked up 12 quick points out of the gate behind a trio of three pointers from 23, 24 and finally 25 feet with an OG defender’s hand in his face to give his squad a 13-3 lead just two minutes in before the Titans had to call their first timeout to regroup. The Bulldogs would finish the quarter leading 28-12 behind 17 opening stanza markers from Mathis who came into the contest just 51 points away from breaking Reggie McAdams (now at the University of Akron) Elida high school scoring record.

The second quarter didn’t yield much for Ottawa Glandorf in the way of luck as every ball on the floor seemed to be bouncing right to the Bulldogs. One play in particular saw the ball come off of the backboard and then off the side of the head of guard Louis Gray before being fired up court by Mathias to a teammate for an easy layup.

As the teams headed into the break, the Bulldogs led 42-21 behind 20 from Mathis and 10 from Gray. Tyler Zender led the Titans with 7 first half points.

Whatever the halftime speech OG coach Tyson McGlaughlin gave his troops had them fired up as the 3rd quarter began as they climbed on the back of Zender and began to cut into the Elida lead with a quick 6-0 run. As they had done all game however, Elida roared back with a run of their own keyed by a trio of made free throws by Mathias after he was fouled in the act of shooting a three pointer (of which he finished 7 for 15 on the night).

Elida led 71-46 after three quarters of action between the two schools and put themselves in position for their 21st win in 53 contests against the Titans.

Despite checking out midway through the fourth quarter, Mathis finished as the games leading scorer and Zsportslive.com player of the game with 38 points, 5 rebounds and 4 beautiful assists. Louis Gray chipped in 20 points as one of three Bulldogs in double figures in the 89-69 win.

Elida with the win improves to 14-3 overall and 6-1 in the Western Buckeye League and remains in a 3 way tie for 1st while the Titans drop to 11-7 overall and 4-3 in WBL play.

Ottawa Glandorf will play host to the Leipsic Vikings and newly minted 1,000 point scorer Zach Kuhlman who surpassed the point plateau with 24 in a Friday night win over the Pandora Gilboa Rockets. OG vs Leipsic can be heard on www.zsportslive.com with myself and Rudy Lomeli on the call.

Elida returns home to the Fieldhouse Saturday night where they will play host to the Lima Central Catholic Thunderbirds who were winners over Bloom Carroll on Friday night 76-67. In the tipoff at the beginning of the season, LCC defeated Elida 77-62 back in November.

Don’t forget to follow @michaelhirnpbp for scores and updates from around the area.

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Titans Survive and Advance

Columbus – Survive and Advance, the motto of one Jim Valvano and his 1983 North Carolina State Wolfpack became the credo of Ottawa Glandorf this morning.

For the second straight year the Titans came into the State Semifinals but unlike last year they will advance to play for a Division 3 State Championship after surviving multiple runs from Ironton to win 61-60 in overtime.

After the first quarter Ironton led 19-12 behind 7 points in the opening stanza by Fighting Tigers 6 foot 7 power forward Trey Fletcher. Following a jumper and layup to open the second quarter from Fletcher to make it 23-12 in favor of Ironton the Titans responded with a 16-5 run to finish the quarter led by 9 points in the quarter and 17 in the half by TJ Metzger to tie at 28 heading into the break.

In the first half the Titans shot only 39.3% from the field (4-11 from 3) while Ironton shot 55% from the field (3-6 from 3). Neither team got to the free throw line that much in the first half as the Titans went 2-3 and the Fighting Tigers 3-4 from the charity stripe.

When the second half began, both teams had clearly changed their strategy from looking to shoot on the wing to a more post balanced draw the foul and get to the line oriented gameplan. Nobody was better from the free throw line in the second half than Ironton’s duo of Trey Fletcher and Trevor White who combined to finish 12-16 in their opportunities.

Ottawa Glandorf won the 3rd quarter 13-10 and lead after three 41-38. With both teams going to the ground and pound attack inside, the fouls began to mount up in bunches. The first casualty of the game came near the end of the half when Senior Trevor White fouled out for Ironton and finished his day with 14 points on a 3-3 from the field and 8-10 from the line performance in his last game for the Fighting Tigers.

With White gone the Titans went down inside to Rosebrock (3-13 shooting, 8 points 9 rebounds in 33 minutes) and Noah Bramlage(4-11 from the field, 8 points 4 rebounds in 34 minutes of work) to counter Fletcher’s unquestioned brute strength in the paint on offense.

The big guys down low may have been getting all of the looks on offense and from the refs, but it was Matthew “Chewey” Kaufman who was the most important “little” guy when it mattered as his layup with 2 seconds on the clock in regulation in which he knifed down the lane between three Fighting Tiger defenders pulled the Titans even at 56 heading into OT.

If the first half was all about the perimeter shooting(or supposed lack thereof) for both teams and the second half was all about the post players, the overtime was about how well each team could shoot from the free throw line. Ottawa Glandorf on the season only shoots 60.8% as a team from the charity stripe but didn’t show signs they aren’t the best in the state at it as Metzger iced the 61-60 win by hitting one of two free throws with 1 second remaining on the clock.

TJ Metzger finished the game with 25 points on 7-14 shooting (4-10 from 3), but it was fellow Senior Chewey Kaufman who stole away the player of the game award with his 11 point 6 assist 5 rebound performance. Kaufman came up huge all night long both in protecting the basketball and holding 1st Team All-Ohio guard Zac Carter of Ironton to 12 points on 4-16 shooting.

With the win the Titans up their record to 25-3 while the Fighting Tigers season ends at 23-3.

Who is next for OG you ask, well that would be none other than Midwest Athletic Conference’s 4th place regular season team in the 23-5 Versailles Tigers. Versailles defeated Leavittsburg Labrea 64-52 behind 21 points apiece from Damien Richard and All-Ohio selection in Sophomore Kyle Ahrens.

For Ottawa Glandorf to win their third state title overall and first since 2008 they will need to beat a very fast and streaky shooting Tigers squad much like themselves averaging 62.2 points per game.

Listen live to the game on www.zsportslive.com channel z1 on Saturday as pregame will begin around 10:20am with myself and Steve Wiener on the call. Can Ottawa Glandorf finish the mission? Tune in on Saturday to find out.

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Titans ground T-Birds

BOWLING GREEN – Remember the Titans.

You can be sure that LCC will as Wednesday night it was the Titans from Ottawa Glandorf who avenged an early season 51-48 home loss to the same Lima Central Catholic Thunderbirds 60-52 in front of a sell-out crowd of 4,700 in Bowling Green at the Stroh Center.

Sell out crowd

OG improved their all-time OHSAA tournament record to 24-4 in games played in the city of Bowling Green with one of the best 2-3 zone defenses they have played all season. “We went with the 2-3 zone because we thought it would alter some of the things they like to do. (But) did I think it would get us a 15-point cushion at the half … I did not,” Titan coach Tyson McGlaughlin said after his defense stifled every LCC shooter not named Tre’on Johnson who finished his brilliant T-Bird career with a 26 points output. Johnson was especially on fire in the fourth quarter as he dazzled the crowd with fantastic dribbling and deep shots while connecting on 6 of 9 shots from beyond the arc.

After jumping on the athletic T-Birds early the Titans poured it on in the first quarter to lead 17-7 as the clock hit zero. The second stanza was just as cold and unforgiving as the Titans opened the quarter on an 11-0 run and led at the break by a 31-16 score. One of the big keys going into the game was that it would need to be the inside play of OG that would have to have a big night against the undersized T-Bird defenders. Michael Rosebrock and Noah Bramlage responded for the Titans as they led paint points by a 10-0 margin as the two squads headed to their locker rooms for a breather and some words of encouragement from their coaches.

With OG able to key on Johnson they could continue to sit back in their 2-3 zone and wait for the shooters to come to them in the second half as they held every other shooter for LCC to 7 points or less in the game. As fouls began to mount in the second half they began to take their toll on the LCC starting lineup as Martyce Kimbrough picked up his fourth foul early in the fourth and was relatively ineffective for the rest of the game as he finished with only 4 points, well under his almost 14 points per game average on the season.

Following a third quarter in which both teams scored 11 points the fans who didn’t head for the exits early were treated to a fantastic back and forth quarter that saw the veteran Thunderbirds take on the personality of their Coach Frank Kill when he played and won a state title with Lincolnview in the 90’s by never giving up and cutting it to as low as 3 before the Titans pulled away for good. TJ Metzger who finished with a team high 23 points iced the game late as he knifed through the lane, hit a spinning reverse layup and the ensuing free throw to give his team a 57-50 lead with just 50 seconds remaining. “TJ is the Northwest District Player of the Year for a reason. He’s a baller,” Kill said.

In addition to the 23 from Metzger, his teammate Caleb Siefker finished with 21 to go along with his 10 rebounds. OG outrebounded LCC 37-30 in the game, but got the big rebounds when it counted too.

With the win the Titans improve to 23-3 on the season while ending LCC’s 2012-2013 campaign at 23-3.

Titans Advance

Saturday night Ottawa Glandorf will look to sell out the Stroh Center once again as they head north to BG to take on the 26-1 Bloom Carroll Bulldogs at 7:30pm for a chance to play next weekend in Columbus for a State Championship. Bloom Carroll defeated Huron 62-54 to win their first Regional Semi-Finals game since 2005. The Bulldogs will be led by Joey Schmitz who scored 26 in the win.

 

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