MILLER CITY, OH – Twenty four hours after their schools girls programs met in Elida the Ottawa Glandorf and Spencerville boys battled in Miller City with the same result, a running clock Titan victory 89-42.
Quick scores from Dalton Prichard and Ben Dues gave the young Bearcats a 5-2 lead in the first quarter but once the Titan offense took the lead at 6-5 on a Richie Knowlton basket at 3:37 the rout was on for OG.
Jake Dible, a 6’6 senior who finished the game with 14 markers had it working down low early in the first period as he pushed in half a dozen markers to put OG on top 16-8 after the opening stanza.
Western Buckeye League Player of the Year Jay Kaufman who would go on to lead the game in scoring with 27 points and also record his 1,000th career point in the process on the night dominated the smaller Bearcat defenders in the second period as he pumped across 11 of his points.
Missing two starters in Owen Hiegel and Bryce Schroeder due to ankle injuries the Titans not only had to search for a pair of extra bodies, they also needed to replace a combined 23.7 points per contest. Ottawa Glandorf didn’t have to look very far for a big scoring output Friday night as Carter Heringhaus knocked down two of his five three pointers and gave the home team a 41-24 halftime lead.
Spencerville’s middle quarter scoring came from the duo of Drew Armstead and Keegan Goecke who combined for 18 of the Cats points in the game during a 16 minute span.
Every time in the second half it seemed like Spencerville might make a run at Ottawa Glandorf the Titans forced a myriad of turnovers and watched them be turned directly into points on the offensive end by Kaufman, Dible, or from behind the arc by Heringhaus who dropped in three of his triples in the third.
As time began to wind down OG began to turn to their senior Kaufman to continue his pursuit of his 1,000th career point. In the middle of the final quarter the All-Ohio selection finally pushed across the milestone and headed to the bench with the game firmly in hand to a loud round of applause from the Titan supporters in the building.
On the evening nine different Titans reached the scoreboard with three, Kaufman (27), Heringhaus (17), and Richie Knowlton (11) ending in double figures in the win.
Spencerville was led in scoring by Drew Armstead who finished with 12. The Bearcats season comes to an end at 3-20 while Ottawa Glandorf improves to 22-1 and will take on Tinora on Thursday, March 8th at 6pm inside Lima Senior High School to begin district play.
Game Notes: OG head coach Tyson McGlaughlin won 30 games at Miller City before coming to OG in two seasons.
Ottawa Glandorf has now defeated Spencerville all five times the two teams have met overall and all three times during their tournament meetings.
BJ Fortman 4
Jay Kaufman 27
Chad Duling 5
Carter Heringhaus 17
Ethan White 3
Jake Dible 14
Richie Knowlton 11
Trevor Siefker 3
Aaron Rieman 3
3PT: 7 (Heringhaus 5, Kaufman, Duling)
Drew Armstead 12
Kale Lee 2
Jackson Goecke 4
Keegan Goecke 9
Dalton Prichard 5
Ben Dues 10
3PT: 1 (K. Goecke)