BATH TOWNSHIP — Ottawa-Glandorf’s 61-46 boys basketball win over Bath on Friday night was its ninth without a loss this season.
It also was the first win in 22 years for the man tending to the head coach’s duties on Friday night, which is not quite as mathematically impossible as it sounds at first glance.
With O-G coach Tyson McGlaughlin at home with the flu, his dad, Kevin, one of the Titans’ assistants and a long-time head coach at Miller City before retiring in 1996, took over.
On the court, Ottawa-Glandorf took over early and Bath was never able to catch up.
O-G was up 34-19 at halftime, saw that lead drop to five points late in the third quarter, but pulled away to lead by as many as 20 points in the fourth quarter.
Owen Hiegel scored 18 points to lead O-G (9-0, 2-0 Western Buckeye League). Jay Kaufman had 15 points and 7 rebounds and Ethan White scored 10 points. Chad Frey had 15 points to lead Bath (3-7, 0-2 WBL) and Will Clark scored 10 points.
Other than having to sit out his freshman year at the University of Findlay with a knee injury, Tyson McGlaughlin had never missed a game that his dad could remember before Friday night.
“He called me this morning and said he’d been sick all night and then at 3 o’clock I got the final word, he said, `Dad, I’m not going to be able to get there,’ “ Kevin McGlaughlin said. “I got some things from him that he wanted done tonight and tried to be the bridge between him and the kids.
“We didn’t play real well at times but we played hard. That’s the main thing. And we got the win,” he said.
“We had a good start, we just simply didn’t maintain it. It seemed like we got a little lax defensively and allowed people to get to places we didn’t want them to get to. We didn’t cover shooters and let some rebounds get away from us. We played well in spurts but we didn’t have that night where we were playing 100 percent all the way through.”
Bath cut O-G’s lead to five points, 39-34, on a 3-pointer by Frey with 2:32 left in the third quarter but could not get any closer.
The Titans ended the third quarter on a 9-0 run after Frey’s 3-pointer and the game was never in doubt the rest of the way.
“We didn’t follow what we were supposed to do early,” Bath coach Shawn Allen said. “We got it to five points but those five guys I had in there got tired.
“We’ve done good things in practice, we’ve done good things in games, we did some good things tonight. But you have to be consistent when you don’t score that many points. You have to be consistent defensively, you can’t just give them the basketball,” he said, referring to the seven first-quarter turnovers the Wildcats had. “They’re a very good basketball team, they’re very deep. Our margin of error is not as big as theirs.”
Reach Jim Naveau at 567-242-0414 or on Twitter at @Lima_Naveau.