NAPOLEON — Too much size in the block and too much depth off the bench.
In the second half of Saturday’s Division III boys district championship basketball game at Napoleon, Ottawa-Glandorf’s size in the post and its deep bench were too much for Tinora to overcome as the Titans pulled away for a 56-34 win over Tinora.
Win the victory, O-G (22-3) will face Lima Central Catholic in a regional semifinal at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Bowling Green State University. LCC defeated Spencerville 66-60 in a district championship game on Saturday to advance.
After a scoreless first half for O-G’s Noah Bramlage, the 6-foot-7 sophomore came out in the second half and poured in 17 points. He also ended the game with nine rebounds. Michael Rosebrock (6-foot-4, senior) led the Titans with a game-high 22 points.
Robert Wuo led Tinora (20-6) with 12 points and five rebounds.
“Mike (Rosebrock) and Noah (Bramlage) really played well,” O-G coach Tyson McGlaughlin said. “They really showed why they get the recognition that they do. Mike did what he typically does. Noah came in and there was a huge spurt there. …He had a couple jump shots and he went to the rack and got to the foul line. He also cleaned up on the glass.”
In a first half that was nip-and-tuck, Tinora went into the halftime break with a 22-21 lead.
In the first half, Rosebrock carried the load for the Titans, scoring 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting. O-G’s perimeter game was held in check. T.J. Metzger, who is averaging nearly 17 points per game this season, had just one field goal in the first half. He ended the game with three points and five boards.
O-G pulled out to a 42-32 advantage by the end of the third period. In the second half, the Titans outscored the Rams 35-12.
In the fourth quarter, Tinora went 0-for-9 from the field and the Titans continued to pound the ball inside to put the game out of reach.
O-G’s zone really took away Tinora’s outside threat in the second half.
“We talked about going zone; it was just a matter of time,” McGlaughlin said. “We went zone and they went ice cold. So, it’s one of those things that worked out for us, I guess.”
Tinora struggled against O-G’s 2-3 zone.
“They’re long, they’re lanky,” Tinora coach Andy Hunter said. “That zone was definitely the right call for them at that time. I thought we still had some looks out of it, especially early on. But we just missed them.”
After shooting 45 percent in the first half, O-G ended the game shooting 53 percent. The majority of O-G’s field goals in the second half came either in transition or in post-up moves down low. Tinora shot 32 percent from the floor.
For the game, Rosebrock was very efficient, hitting 11-of-15 from the floor.
“My shot was really coming through in the first half,” Rosebrock said. “So, I gained the confidence to keep shooting and I started knocking down some shots.”
On the boards, the Titans dominated, 34-21.
From the free throw line, O-G went 13-for-16, including 7-for-7 in the fourth quarter, while Tinora was 11-for-14 for the game.
When it comes to facing LCC in the regional semifinal — a team that defeated O-G during the regular season — Bramlage made it perfectly clear that he was happy to get a rematch.
“I want the ‘Birds,” Bramlage said with a smile.