LIMA — Even in the early going of its 59-41 loss to Ottawa-Glandorf on Saturday night, Lima Senior’s boys basketball team looked a bit leg weary.
But O-G (12-1) has worn out a lot of teams this season. And they added the Spartans to the list of teams they have done that to on their way to their ninth win in a row.
Michael Rosebrock (18 points, six rebounds), Noah Bramlage (13 points, 10 rebounds) and T.J. Metzger (13 points, 10 rebounds) led the Titans. For Lima Senior (4-8), Devon Allen had 16 points.
Lima Senior’s loss was its seventh in a row since opening the season by winning four of its first five games.
The Spartans led much of the first quarter, helped by 4 for 17 shooting and seven turnovers by Ottawa-Glandorf in the first eight minutes.
But by halftime O-G was up 22-16 and extended that lead to 16 points, 36-20, by halfway through the third quarter. Lima Senior never got closer than 14 points the rest of the way.
“For whatever reason, it was really sloppy on both ends, both teams,” Ottawa-Glandorf coach Tyson McGlaughlin said about the first quarter. “It was just kind of like we had to calm down, get your feet wet and start playing the way we know how to and know we can,” he said.
O-G, a 50-percent shooting team for the season, connected on 53 percent of its shots in the last three quarters (19 of 36) after its slow getaway in the first quarter.
“Take away that first quarter and we moved the ball well. You take open shots, they seem to fall,” McGlaughlin said.
Lima Senior coach Shawn Allen said, “It’s our fourth game in seven days and the kids were flat out worn out. And I think after last night’s game, we’re just mentally drained, we’re physically drained. Our kids are just dead tired.”
Lima Senior lost 51-50 to Findlay on Friday night on a 3-pointer by the Trojans’ Michael Clark with three seconds to play.
The Spartans missed their first 11 shots in the second quarter when O-G took control of the game.
Similar to Friday night’s game against Findlay, the Spartans had to contend with strong inside players against the Titans, led by the 6-foot, 4-inch Rosebrock and the 6-foot, 7-inch Bramlage.
“It doesn’t matter who we’re playing, we’re going down there (inside), especially to Mike. He’s hard to guard one on one. T.J. has shot the ball well and we have some other guys who are starting to shoot well,” McGlaughlin said.
At halftime of Saturday night’s game, Lima Senior retired the jersey of Len Truex, a track standout in the 1940s at Central High School.
Truex, 83, did not go out for track until his senior year of high school in 1948. He finished second in the state track meet in the mile run that season and got a track scholarship to Ohio State University.
At OSU, he won indoor Big Ten championships in the half-mile and mile and was named an All-American.
He finished fourth in the 1,500-meter run at the 1952 U.S. Olympic Trials in a time of 3:52.5 and missed qualifying for the Olympic team by one spot. The top three made the Olympic team.