OTTAWA – It was more of the same for Ottawa-Glandorf when it kept its boys basketball record perfect at 14-0 with a 81-73 win over Lima Senior on Saturday night.
For Lima Senior, the game was something different. And though the Spartans obviously would have preferred a win, they could take some good things from the changes they saw in 24 hours from Friday night to Saturday night.
Jay Kaufman scored 32 points, Bryce Schroeder had 18 points and Owen Hiegel scored 16 to lead the Titans. Bryan Miller’s 27 points led Lima Senior. Jermaine Daniel scored 20 and Greg Johnson had 11 points.
Lima Senior was coming off a game on Friday night in which it did not hit a field goal in the first quarter and only got one in the fourth quarter in a 48-47 loss to Toledo Whitmer.
Saturday night, though, the Spartans started the game by hitting 8 of their first 9 shots and led much of the first half.
Lima Senior coach Quincey Simpson said he was “much happier” with Saturday night’s game.
“As far as our effort, it couldn’t have been better. That’s a pretty good team over there,” he said. “I thought last night our effort wasn’t there collectively as a team.”
The game was tied 34-34 at halftime after O-G had led by as many as seven points in the second quarter and Lima Senior had gone in front of the Titans by as many as four points late in the first quarter.
Lima Senior led only once in the second half, though, and that lead was brief.
The Spartans went up 46-44 late in the third quarter on an offensive rebound by Jaleel King, but Ottawa-Glandorf answered with a 3-pointer by Schroeder and never trailed again.
O-G was up by six points, 55-49, after three quarters and extended its lead to 10 points in the fourth quarter.
Lima Senior got back to within three points, 76-73, with 21 seconds to play after back-to-back 3-pointers by Miller and Daniel, but that was as close as it got.
“It was a game of runs. They made some runs, we made some runs to respond. The last run they made was tough. Going down 10 in the fourth quarter kind of hurt us,” Simpson said.
Ottawa-Glandorf coach Tyson McGlaughlin said rebounding was a big factor in the Titans’ win.
“It was back and forth and we were able to clean up the glass in the second half. I thought we did a good job rebounding the ball in the second half and limiting them to one shot most of the time,” he said. “That’s a good basketball team and they just kept fighting and scratching and clawing. Both teams were competing.
“We weren’t finishing at the rim in the first half. We missed five or six lay-ups I thought we should have made. The second half it was more of a half-court game. And if it’s in the half court we’re going to pound it down low.”
Reach Jim Naveau at 567-242-0414 or on Twitter at @Lima_Naveau.