OTTAWA — A team is obviously going to have trouble scoring with a low shooting percentage. But getting second and third and even fourth chances at the net helps out considerably.
On Friday night, the team getting the extra chances was Ottawa-Glandorf.
The score was a valid reflection of the fact, as the Titans rolled over visiting Shawnee 72-51 in a Western Buckeye League boys basketball game. O-G outrebounded the Indians 42-19.
Shawnee had trouble getting anything going early on, allowing the Titans to go on a 12-2 run to start the game and then another 10-0 run to start the second quarter. O-G got those huge runs with the help of their big men inside, who outmuscled Shawnee’s post players all game long. Even as the Titans continued to miss shots just as often as Shawnee, it was their ability to get second chance points that allowed them to exponentially increase their lead in the first half.
“We wanted to get off to a quick start, which I guess we did in a way,” Ottawa-Glandorf coach Kevin McGlaughlin said. “Really, I thought it was a sluggish performance all the way through. We did enough to get by, but there are definitely areas we need to clean up.”
The second half was a lot better to Shawnee. After beginning the half facing a 39-18 deficit, the Indians began to force the issue in the third quarter and create a couple of small runs of their own. At one point, the deficit had shrunk down to 12 before the Titans began to get their offense back on track. The 12-point deficit was the closest Shawnee got in the final three quarters of the game.
Shawnee coach Dick Heath said the way his team played in the second half was much closer to how the game plan was originally set up than in the first half.
“We didn’t attack them mentally at all,” Heath said. “We looked at their record, and we didn’t do anything that we had practiced doing all week long in the first half. In the second half, I was a lot more pleased with how we played. We looked to score a lot more rather than just pass the ball around, and I thought we also improved in the defensive aspect. But we got taken apart down low tonight.”
Ottawa-Glandorf had three scorers reach double digits, with Michael Rosebrock leading the team with 17 points. T.J. Metzger scored 15 points, while Noah Bramlage finished with 14 points. Caleb Siefker added eight points for the Titans, including two 3s.
Trey Brock had his best game of the season, finishing with 18 points for Shawnee, including three 3s. Freshmen Jay Thomas and Jaden O’Neal contributed in a big way as well, finishing with nine and eight points, respectively.
“I thought Shawnee played a lot harder than we did,” McGlaughlin said. “They continued to make plays and continued to battle. They did a nice job at getting penetration with their guards, and we made some mistakes that we don’t normally make.
“I think our depth got to them. I think we rely a lot on our starters, but we make sure the guys on the bench know that we need those starters to get their share of minutes’ rest so they can go back out and carry us. And we need that kind of production we got tonight out of our bench.”