Ottawa-Glandorf's Noah Bramlage (31) puts up a shot over Kenton's Matt Bahr (22) during their Western Buckeye League game Friday night. (Putnam Sentinel/Charlie Warnimont)
Ottawa-Glandorf's Noah Bramlage (31) puts up a shot over Kenton's Matt Bahr (22) during their Western Buckeye League game Friday night. (Putnam Sentinel/Charlie Warnimont)

OTTAWA — Ottawa-Glandorf coach Tyson McGlaughlin knew all his team needed was a small run to possibly break Kenton’s spirit.

Using 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.

Ottawa-Glandorf 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 their lead.

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.

“At 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 to.”

“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.

Bramlage led 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.

The 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.