OTTAWA - Ottawa-Glandorf tried a couple of times early to pull away from rival Lima Central Catholic Monday evening.
It wasn't until late in the second quarter that one of these runs gave the Titans some cushion. O-G closed the second quarter with an 11-4 run that gave them a nine point lead at halftime which they were able to increase in the second half on their way to an 68-54 non-league win over the T-Birds.
O-G, the third ranked team in the first Division II poll, moved to 10-0 on the season, while LCC dropped to 2-9. The win ended a five game T-Bird winning streak against the Titans during the regular season.
"Any win against LCC is a good win," O-G coach Tyson McGlaughlin said. "I know we hadn't beaten them in the regular season since I've been. They've had a lot of talent. They've been really good and we needed to right the ship. The guys were happy they did it tonight."
Ottawa-Glandorf tried to pull away from the T-Birds early building an 11-5 lead with a 7-0 run started by a corner three-pointer from Bryce Schroeder and inside baskets from Jake Dible and Jay Kaufman. LCC battled back to take a 15-14 lead on a basket by 6-8 T-Bird junior Mark Janowski before Kaufman knotted the score at 15-15 with a free throw.
Another 7-0 run by O-G in the second quarter had them leading 24-17. Once again the T-Birds battled back pulling with 25-23 on a Janowski basket. That was when the Titans took control of the game.
With their defensive pressure starting to force LCC mistakes O-G closed the opening half with an 11-4 run for a 36-27 halftime lead.
Ethan White started the run with a basket before Owen Hiegel drove to the basket for what turned out to a be three point play. After a free throw by Kaufman, Janowski scored for LCC before Hiegel knocked down a three-pointer and Kaufman scored. LCC's Brendan Stolly ended the first half scoring with a basket.
"I thought we played hard for the majority of the game, we allowed them to have a couple of spurts that kept them around," McGlaughlin said. "Those kept us from blowing the game open. We walked into the locker room and you would have thought we lost the game by 20. I told our guys we had to stay hungry and I like that. They need to be excited for what they accomplished with a good win."
"The last 90 seconds of that second quarter we had some mental breakdowns," LCC coach Frank Kill said. "Those mental breakdowns allowed it to go from a two point game to an 11 point game just like that. We have to do a better job of staying focused. It's been out Achilles heel all season. One play is not going to make or break you, but if we allow it to affect the next two or three possessions it will really hurt us and tonight that was evident."
Ottawa-Glandorf continued their momentum into the third quarter building a 50-31 lead on a White three-pointer that capped a 14-4 run. O-G had a 54-36 lead before the T-Birds scored the final six points of the quarter on three-pointers by Steven Taflinger and Jaron Banks.
The Titans regrouped to start the fourth quarter going on an 8-2 run for a 62-44 lead. Dible and Kaufman combined for all eight O-G points. Still LCC didn't go away pulling within 12 points as 66-54 before they ran out of time.
Kaufman led the Titans with 22 points and nine rebounds, while Hiegel had 15 points and Dible 14 points.
Janowski led the T-Birds with 21 points. Tomas Williams and Banks both had eight points.
O-G won the junior varsity game 65-49.