Boys basketball: Ottawa-Glandorf starts off season with WBL victory

WAPAKONETA — Ottawa-Glandorf rolled out a pair of presses from the opening tip.

And while the presses didn’t create a mountain of turnovers, it forced the game into an up-tempo style.

O-G used the faster pace to post a 54-40 victory against Wapakoneta in a Western Buckeye League boys basketball game Friday night.

“I thought we got in a pretty good rhythm in the second quarter,” O-G coach Tyson McGlaughlin said. “I thought we had the jitters early on and tried to do too much, too quick and I thought as the game progressed we did a better job of getting to our spots.

“We have a lot of versatility on this team. We don’t have the size across the board or the stature, but we have a lot of guys who can do a lot of different things. We look for matchups and for areas to attack and I thought our guys did a good job of finding that guy.’’

Wapak is 3-1, 0-1 in the WBL. It was the opener for O-G after having two games postponed when its football team reached the state semifinals.

In the halfcourt, O-G looked to 6-foot-4 sophomore Colin White, who used a driving spin move to the basket to score 22 points with five rebounds.

“He gave us a little bit of momentum and he scores in a lot of different ways,” McGlaughlin said. “He can score at all three levels. He had penetration in the first half, which opened up threes for our other guards.’’

Carson Fuka added 14 points for O-G with two 3-pointers.

Theo Maag, a 6-7 junior, had eight points and seven rebounds.

“I thought Theo Maag played a phenomenal game doing the little things,” McGlaughlin said.

Zach Rogers had 12 points and four 3-pointers for O-G. Kaden Siefring added 12 for Wapak.

Wapak’s Braeden Goulet had five rebounds and three points.

The Titans took the lead to stay 11-9 on a White driving layup with 1:47 left in the first quarter.

O-G led 13-9 after the first quarter.

Then, with O-G using both presses, it got the game moving and Fuka sank back-to-back 3-pointers.

“I thought it was going to be a battle of tempo,” McGlaughlin said. “They wanted this game in the 30s or 40s and we wanted it in the 60s. … I thought our guys did a good job of trying to get Wapak to play faster. It’s not always about the pressure to create turnovers. It’s about pace.’’

Wapak coach Trey Elchert said, “In that second quarter, the game got going in their favor, as far as tempo goes and they were able to build a 10-point lead. We didn’t necessarily turn the ball over against the press, but it forced to maybe make some decisions that weren’t great and it went up and down a little bit and they found some shooters in transition.’’

Wapak had 13 turnovers, while O-G had 10.

The Titans had 19-11 lead with 6:55 left in the second quarter.

White scored six in the first quarter, including two layups on power-spin moves.

Carter Schimoeller sank a 3-pointer for the Titans to wrap up the half with a 30-19 lead.

It was Schimmoeller who guarded Goulet most of the night.

By the half, O-G had made six layups and dropped four 3-pointers.

Rogers hit two 3-pointers to keep Wapak within 40-31 after three.

But there was no stopping White. He hit a spinning layup, a 15-footer and a 12-footer to push the O-G lead to 44-31.

Rogers sank two 3-pointers to bring Wapak within 46-37 with 5:06 to go.

But once again, it was White canning a 12-footer and it was 48-37, O-G, with 3:45 left.

White hit 9 of 12 from the field, including six on power-spin moves to the basket.

“He’s (White) going to be a problem for a lot of teams in the next few years,” Elchert said. “He’s really, really talented.’’

O-G won the boards, 22-17.

O-G shot 52 percent from the field and was 4 of 7 on 3-pointers.

Wapak hit 44 percent from the field and was 6 of 10 on threes.

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Ottawa-Glandorf’s Eli Schmenk looks to get past Wapakoneta’s Jackson Courter during Friday night’s game at Wapakoneta. See more high school basketball photos at LimaScores.com.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/12/web1_Wapak-boys-bb-vs-OG-DS2.jpgOttawa-Glandorf’s Eli Schmenk looks to get past Wapakoneta’s Jackson Courter during Friday night’s game at Wapakoneta. See more high school basketball photos at LimaScores.com. Don Speck | The Lima News

Wapakoneta’s Zach Rogers puts up a shot against Ottawa-Glandorf’s Landen Jordan during Friday night’s game at Wapakoneta.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/12/web1_Wapak-boys-bb-vs-OG-DS7.jpgWapakoneta’s Zach Rogers puts up a shot against Ottawa-Glandorf’s Landen Jordan during Friday night’s game at Wapakoneta. Don Speck | The Lima News

Wapakoneta’s Jackson Courter puts up a shot against Ottawa-Glandorf’s Eli Schmenk during Friday night’s game at Wapakoneta.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/12/web1_Wapak-boys-bb-vs-OG-DS6.jpgWapakoneta’s Jackson Courter puts up a shot against Ottawa-Glandorf’s Eli Schmenk during Friday night’s game at Wapakoneta. Don Speck | The Lima News
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