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FINDLAY — Two or three shots into Jake Meyer’s amazing run, it became apparent. He wasn’t going to miss anytime soon.Meyer, a 6-4 guard, scored 28 points to lead Ottawa-Glandorf to an 88-53 win over Lakota in the Division III boys basketball sectional at Findlay High School on Wednesday night.But it was 20 of those points — which came in a span of two minutes, 58 seconds in the third quarter — that made his effort so exceptional.With the Titans leading 41-25 early in the second half, Meyer hit seven straight shots, including three 3-pointers, missed a shot, then hit another 3-pointer, and O-G’s lead grew to 61-27.This wasn’t just your run-of-the-mill hot streak. His closest shot among those nine attempts was from 10 feet away. This was summer in Arizona before the invention of air conditioning.  “I have never seen it where a guy was so ‘on’ like that,” Ottawa-Glandorf coach Josh Leslie said.It certainly wasn’t a home court advantage that set Meyer off. Wednesday night’s game was the first time he had ever played in Findlay’s gym.The O-G senior said he sensed good things coming, though. His shots had been falling all week in practice.“I’ve been shooting well lately. I’ll just try to keep it going, I guess,” he said.It wasn’t just Lakota and the crowd that noticed Meyer was on a roll. His teammates picked up on it early in the streak.“You have to give a lot of credit to my guys. They recognized I had the hot hand and they just kept feeding me,” Meyer said. “They all knew I had the hot hand so they were going to come at me. It was just one of those games.”Justin Schomaeker scored 18 points for O-G (15-6) and Jacob Moening had 12 points. Brett Fillater’s 16 points led Lakota (6-15).Ottawa-Glandorf might have made it a blowout earlier. Ironically, it was cold shooting that kept the Titans from doing it.Lakota turned the ball over 19 times in the first two quarters. But O-G managed only a 33-24 halftime lead, and needed a 3-pointer by Schomaeker at the buzzer to get that, after hitting just 13 of its first 40 shots.“We had a rather heated discussion about a few things at halftime. To our kids credit, they came out with a purpose in the second half and weren’t going to take no for an answer,” Leslie said.Bluffton 58, Elmwood 42Korey Place scored 15 points and pulled down seven rebounds to lead the Pirates (12-9) past Elmwood (12-9).Tyler Neal scored 12 points and Patric Garlock had 10 points. Preston Shank led Elmwood witih 11 points.Bluffton took the lead early in the second quarter and never lost it. Elmwood got to within three points, 39-36, in the first minute of the fourth quarter but couldn’t complete the comeback.“I thought we hit some shots from the perimeter at key times,” Bluffton coach Todd Boblitt said.  “We focused all week on getting the ball inside out. When we get the ball inside and kick it out and knock down shots, that makes things look a lot easier.“We were very solid all around defensively. We didn’t allow second chances. Offensively, we took care of the ball.”Bluffton and Ottawa-Glandorf will play for a sectional championship in the second game at Findlay on Friday night.  

Meyer's hot hand carries O-G to sectional victory

Meyer's hot hand carries O-G to sectional victory
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