Boys basketball: Ottoville, Columbus Grove to play for district crown

ELIDA – Ottoville boys head basketball coach Keith Utendorf and his staff made adjustments at halftime.

After going into the halftime break knotted up 25-25 with Crestview, Ottoville came out in the second half, located its shooters and pulled away for a 60-50 victory over Crestview in a Division IV boys basketball district semifinal Tuesday night at the Elida Fieldhouse .

With the win, Ottoville (16-9) will take on Columbus Grove (17-7) Friday at Elida in a district final with tip-off set for 7 p.m.

Columbus Grove defeated Kalida (12-13) 50-42 in Tuesday’s second district semifinal at Elida.

During the regular season, Columbus Grove defeated Ottoville 51-42.

After connecting on just 35 percent of its field goal attempts in the first half, Ottoville shot 65 percent from the field in the second half.

“Spacing was a little bit better,” Utendorf said about his team’s improvement at the offensive end in the second half. “We played with a little bit more focus in the second half.

“We’re not running a lot of (half-court) sets right now, because I feel like in tournament basketball, people are going to know what you do. … They know what you really like to do. We have the ability with our guards out on top, to be able to spread people, and use that movement and quickness that we have with our shooters to create a mismatch situation.”

Will Miller led Ottoville and all scorers with 22 points, including three 3-pointers. Miller also had six rebounds, four steals and three assists.

“Tonight, he (Miller) made some shots and gave us confidence,” Utendorf said. “When you have a senior point guard who has been there for four years, you hope that his experience kind of takes over. When he’s running the show, we have a lot of confidence on what’s going to happen.”

Along with Miller, Michael Turnwald (12) and Kellen Schlagbaum (10) also scored in double figures for Ottoville. Carter Horstman added nine points for the Big Green.

Rontae Jackson led Crestview (16-7) with 21 points. Gavin Etzler had 10 points, including two 3-pointers. Mitch Temple added nine points. Wren Sheets, a 6-foot, 5-inch freshman post player for Crestview, had six points and pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds.

After a 3-pointer by Miller to start the game, Crestview responded with an 11-0 run to claim an eight-point lead, four minutes into the contest.

Ottoville responded, and cut the deficit to 4, 17-13, by the end of the first quarter.

The Big Green knotted the score 17-17, just a little more than a minute into the second quarter on two free throws by Miller. For the game, Miller was 9 of 12 from the free throw line.

Crestview responded, and reclaimed the lead.

However, with 1:12 left to play in the half, Miller nailed his second 3-pointer of the half to knot the game at 25 each. That score held up to the halftime break.

Schlagbaum and Miller led Ottoville in the first half with eight points each. Jackson led Crestview with eight first-half points.

Crestview was 11 of 27 shooting from the field in the first half for 41 percent. Ottoville connected on 9 of 26 of its field goal attempts in the first 16 minutes of action for 35-percent shooting.

The score was knotted four times in the third quarter before Ottoville pulled away for a 42-34 lead by the third stop. The Big Green closed out the third stanza on an 11-0 run.

Utendorf said his players came out with a purpose in the second half.

“They came out, and they were determined,” he said. “They did not want to go home. They wanted to practice one more time. That’s all you can ask as a coach – to be able to practice one more time with your guys.”

Ottoville was able to close it out in the fourth quarter by making 10 of 17 from the free throw line. Crestview was 4 of 5 from the charity stripe in the final eight minutes.

For the game, Crestview turned it over 15 times. Ottoville turned it over just five times on the night.

Crestview won the boards, 33-20.

On the night, both teams shot 47 percent from the floor.

Utendorf said his team was a lot more efficient in the second half.

“In the second half, we saw they were playing some ball screen stuff. So, we thought maybe we could expose that,” he said. “We were able to spread people out a little bit, and make them guard us; and our shooters hit some big shots.”

Columbus Grove 50, Kalida 42

After Columbus Grove lost the momentum late in the first half to Kalida, the Bulldogs came out strong in the second half, reclaimed the lead and then held off Kalida down the stretch for a hard-fought eight-point victory.

Zach Reynolds led Columbus Grove with 16 points, including four 3-pointers. Trey Sautter, Columbus Grove head coach Chris Sautter’s son, had 12 points and eight rebounds.

Tyson Siefker paced Kalida with 11 points. Drew Fersch and Grant Vorst each added nine points for the Wildcats.

Kalida led 16-13 at the end of the first quarter.

Columbus Grove had the lead in the waning moments of the first half. However, Fersch hit a deep 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer to give Kalida a 27-26 lead at the break.

“We didn’t finish the second quarter. I think we were up 26-20,” Coach Sautter said. “They (Kalida) had all the momentum going in (to halftime), because we didn’t finish the quarter.

“So, the third quarter, I think we were a little better, defensively. … We got the lead and just kind of held on to it. They went on a little run. … We went on a little run. We were just fortunate to make one (more run) at the end of the game. I think we were like 14 of 18 (shooting) from the foul line (for the game). So, you got to hit free throws down the stretch.”

For the game, Columbus Grove shot 38 percent from the field. Kalida countered with 43-percent shooting.

Columbus Grove controlled the boards, 35-17. Brayden Bellman, a 6-6 senior post player, led the Bulldogs with 10 rebounds.

Ottoville turned the ball over eight times on the night, while Columbus Grove turned it over nine times.

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Ottoville’s William Miller puts up a shot against Crestview’s Carson Hunter during a Tuesday night Division IV district semifinal at the Elida Fieldhouse. See more high school basketball photos at LimaScores.com.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/03/web1_Ottoville-001.jpgOttoville’s William Miller puts up a shot against Crestview’s Carson Hunter during a Tuesday night Division IV district semifinal at the Elida Fieldhouse. See more high school basketball photos at LimaScores.com. Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Crestview’s Carson Hunter puts up a shot against Ottoville’s Kellen Schlagbaum during a Tuesday night Division IV district semifinal at the Elida Fieldhouse.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/03/web1_Ottoville-007.jpgCrestview’s Carson Hunter puts up a shot against Ottoville’s Kellen Schlagbaum during a Tuesday night Division IV district semifinal at the Elida Fieldhouse. Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Ottoville’s Michael Turnwald, left, and Crestview’s Rontae Jackson try to get control of the ball during a Tuesday night Division IV district semifinal at the Elida Fieldhouse.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/03/web1_Ottoville-004.jpgOttoville’s Michael Turnwald, left, and Crestview’s Rontae Jackson try to get control of the ball during a Tuesday night Division IV district semifinal at the Elida Fieldhouse. Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Columbus Grove’s Bo Birnesser puts up a shot against Kalida’s Justin Siebeneck during a Tuesday night Division IV district semifinal at the Elida Fieldhouse.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/03/web1_CG-vs-Kalida-003.jpgColumbus Grove’s Bo Birnesser puts up a shot against Kalida’s Justin Siebeneck during a Tuesday night Division IV district semifinal at the Elida Fieldhouse. Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Kalida’s Grant Vorst puts up a shot against Columbus Grove’s Brayden Bellman during a Tuesday night Division IV district semifinal at the Elida Fieldhouse.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/03/web1_CG-vs-Kalida-006.jpgKalida’s Grant Vorst puts up a shot against Columbus Grove’s Brayden Bellman during a Tuesday night Division IV district semifinal at the Elida Fieldhouse. Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Columbus Grove’s Jackson Schroeder puts up a shot against Kalida’s Ethan Warnecke during a Tuesday night Division IV district semifinal at the Elida Fieldhouse.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/03/web1_CG-vs-Kalida-004.jpgColumbus Grove’s Jackson Schroeder puts up a shot against Kalida’s Ethan Warnecke during a Tuesday night Division IV district semifinal at the Elida Fieldhouse. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
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By Mark Altstaetter

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