Ottawa-Glandorf advances to regional final
Thursday, March 13, 2014 11:15 PM
Ottawa-Glandorf's Noah Bramlage (31) looks for a shot as Huron's Gabe Camella (22) defends during first half action Thursday night.
ADA — Maybe the extra day proved beneficial for Ottawa-Glandorf as they prepared for their Division III regional semi-final contest against Huron.
A Wednesday snow storm caused the Titans and Tigers regional semi-final to be postponed and moved to the King Horn Center on the campus of Ohio Northern University. The wait gave the Titans an extra day to prepare and it proved useful as O-G bolted out to a quick lead on their way to a 63-45 win over Huron in the second game of the regional semi-finals at ONU.
The win sends the Titans (16-10) to the Division III regional finals Saturday night opposite Lima Central Catholic at the Stroh Center on the campus of Bowling Green State University at 7 p.m. LCC (22-4) defeated Worthington Christian (19-7) in the first game 64-37. This will be the third straight year O-G and LCC have met in the regionals at BGSU. Huron ended its season at 19-7.
After two slow starts in the district tournament, O-G trailed 5-4 before going on a 12-3 run to close the opening quarter and take a 16-8 lead.
“That's been foreign to us. We talked to our guys about winning the first three minutes. We talked all week about running a set and getting a laup, it didn't happen,” O-G coach Tyson McGlaughlin said. “The first two minutes were kind of sloppy. A lot of that is playing in the regionals, a lot of these guys first time, some jitters out there. After the first couple of minutes, they got their legs, relaxed a little bit. That cushion could have been the difference in the game. We wanted to get off to a good start, we didn't want to keep playing from behind.”
The Titans continued that run into the second quarter as they used a 16-6 run to take a 33-14 lead with 3:04 left in the half. Up 18-11, O-G went on a 7-0 run to go up 25-11 as Zach Kuhlman had five of the points, then after the Tigers scored three straight points, the Titans used an 8-0 run as Kuhlman had a basket, Noah Bramlage canned a three-pointer and Brad Recker converted a three point play after being fouled on a drive to the basket.
The Titans had a 35-23 halftime lead as Huron closed the first half with a 9-2 run as they scored the final five points of the half as Adam Storer hit a three-pointer to end the first half scoring.
Huron pulled within eight points in the third quarter as the two teams went to the fourth quarter with O-G leading 45-37.
The fourth quarter saw the Tigers within eight at 50-42 after Storer canned another three with 5:45 left. That's when the Titans regain control going on a 13-0 as 11 of the points came at the free throw line. Tyler Zender had the first five points of the run as he hit two free throws, then converted another three point play. Zender had two three point plays in the final quarter as the Titans patiently worked their offense getting the ball down low for scoring opportunities.
“I thought our guys executed our game plan and our assistant coaches worked the guys extremely well this week as far as tendencies and what to look for,” McGlaughlin said. “All across the board it was a great team effort. I thought we got a couple of transition baskets, and when you get a couple transition baskets, your confidence starts to elevate a little bit. I thought from the get go we were getting good looks. We were patient and the way they defended and how much pressure they put on you we would be able to run our stuff and I thought the guys did a good of executing.”
Bramlage led the Titans with 19 points and nine rebounds, while Kuhlman had 14 points and eight rebounds. Zender had 12 points and eight rebounds as O-G had a 35-23 edge in rebounds. Matias Trampe-Kindt had four assists for the Titans.
Storer led the Tigers with 18 points and five rebounds and Cody Thompson had nine points and five rebounds. Keegan Bollenbacher had six assists for Huron.