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FINDLAY – Luke Bellman figured it was just his night.At this point, the name doesn’t matter. Ottawa-Glandorf is just relieved someone stepped up and got it rolling.Bellman kick started the Titans’ 59-50 win over Bluffton in a Division III boys basketball sectional  final on Friday night by scoring six points over two minutes in the first quarter after Bluffton had scored the first our points of the game.“They basically left Luke Bellman open,” O-G coach Josh Leslie said of Bluffton’s triangle-and-two defense. “He made some big shots that we needed. That kind of got us going a little bit and carried over.”Where Bellman left off, Taylor Kuhlman picked up with seven points, including a 3-pointer from the left corner.And when Kuhlman cooled off, Justin Schomaeker and Jake Meyer heated up. Schomaeker scored five points in the opening quarter and Meyer had seven in the second quarter.After Bluffton held its last lead at 8-6 midway through the first quarter, O-G ticked off a 17-2 run. “The guys found me open and they got me the ball,” Bellman said. “I happened to hit a couple of shots.”Bluffton was the last team Leslie wanted to see in the sectional. The Pirates offered his squad a tough look, particularly with their post players, led by 6-foot-3 senior center Kory Place. He scored only four points in the first half as O-G built a 28-18 lead.“They have big guys and they’re scrappy, they hang around,” Leslie said. “I’m not going to lie. We were kind of worried.”Place scored 16 points and grabbed six rebounds after halftime, finishing with a game-high 20 points, helping keep the Titans uncomfortable. Patric Garlock had eight of his 12 points after halftime for the Pirates.“Our main focus is to get the ball inside. We talked about that at half. I thought we settled for some perimeter jump shots a little bit too much,” Bluffton coach Todd Boblitt said. “We did a better job in the second half of finding Kory.”The loss of point guard Tyler Neal to foul trouble in the first half also hampered the Pirates’ plans; he went down with foul No. 3 with 4 minutes, 41 seconds left before halftime.O-G lost its starting point guard as well, but Eric Brickner stepped up, controlling the pace and playing strong defense on the Bluffton backcourt.“Defense has always been my thing, so it was an easy assignment,” Brickner said.Neither team could purchase a free throw in the first half, combining to make 7 of 20. The second half found slightly better shooting, particularly from Brickner, who hit 6 of 8 free throws in the final 4 minutes.“He made the ones that really mattered. When it could have gone either way, he made everyone of them,” Leslie said.Three players scored in double figures for the Titans, paced by 14 points from Kuhlman. Schomaeker added 13 points and Meyer had 12.The Pirates end their season with a second consecutive winning record. Before last year, they last had a winning mark in 1999.“They started something. They built off of last year,” Boblitt said. “I’m very proud of them.”O-G faces Parkway in a district semifinal Wednesday at Elida.


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