OTTAWA — Ottawa-Glandorf coach Tyson McGlaughlin knew all his team needed was a small run to possibly break Kenton’s spirit.
fullcourt pressure and a 1-3-1 halfcourt defense, the Titans were able
to get the run they wanted. While it didn’t come as early as McGlaughlin
wanted, O-G used a 6-0 run midway through the third quarter that gave
them a double digit lead on their way to 67-37 Western Buckeye League
win over the Wildcats at the Robert J. Hermiller Gymnasium.
The win moved the Titans to 3-2 in the WBL and 8-6 overall as they broke a three game losing streak.
had a 28-21 halftime lead after leading by 10 points in the second
quarter. At halftime, the Titan coaches adjusted their defense and
eventually they started to get the turnovers they wanted in extending
Kenton was down 34-27 after a basket by Matt Bahr
before the Titans went on a 6-0 run pushing their lead to 13 at 40-27.
Free throws by Alex Schroeder, Zach Kuhlman and Noah Bramlage pushed the
O-G lead to double digits before Grant Sherman scored for the Wildcats.
Three point plays by Kuhlman and Tyler Zender helped the Titans push
their lead to 46-30 after three quarters as Kenton managed just one
point in the final 1:32 of the quarter.
Ten of the Titans points
in the third quarter came at the free throw line as they scored eight
straight points at the line over a minute stretch of the period.
halftime we told our guys about playing hard, sticking to the game plan
and we did a little 2-2-1 trap to get some pressure on them,”
McGlaughlin said. “I think that flustered them and we were able to get a
couple of transition baskets. We got back to playing the way we wanted
“We play the 1-3-1 sporadically to disrupt the flow. We saw
in films they struggled with that and we do don’t do it a ton, but a
possession here or there has been effective for us. I think the key was
when we went to 2-2-1 press. It made them think a little bit. We got a
couple of steals and got the tempo up. We told our guys if we could get a
little 6-0 run, then they couldn’t play so deliberate, they would have
to get up and down the court a little more and I liked our chances when
that happened,” McGlaughlin added.
Ottawa-Glandorf continued their
third quarter surge into the fourth as they used a 16-0 run to go up 32
points. Bramlage had four points during the run, while Schroeder hit a
pair of three-pointers. Kenton was held scoreless in the fourth quarter
until there was 4:35 left when Travis Downing hit a three-pointer. At
that point, O-G pulled their starters for the night.
the Titans with 17 points, despite battling foul trouble in the second
and third quarters. Schroeder added 14 points, while Zender had 10
points and eight rebounds. Alex Verhoff had two three-pointers off the
bench as he had eight points.
Austin Phillips led the Wildcats
with 13 points and Matt Bahr had 10 points. Kenton took just 28 shots in
the game as they turned the ball over 20 times. O-G had just eight
turnovers for the night.
Ottawa-Glandorf’s junior varsity team remained undefeated posting an 80-29 win.
Titans are back in action Saturday night, weather permitting, as they
travel to Columbus Grove for a non-league game. The contest starts at 6
p.m., with the doors opening at 5:30 p.m.