WAPAKONETA — They didn’t get mad. They didn’t get even. They just got back to playing the way they knew they could play.
Ottawa-Glandorf clinched the Western Buckeye League boys basketball championship with a 74-36 win over Wapakoneta on Friday night in which it dominated everything except maybe the pre-game introductions.
Jay Kaufman scored 15 points, Owen Hiegel had 14 points and Jake Dible and Carter Heringhaus scored 13 points for the Titans (20-1, 8-0 WBL).
The Titans locked up their third consecutive WBL championship – outright titles the last two seasons and a shared title with Defiance in 2016. Every other WBL team now has at least three league losses with one week left in the regular season.
Clinching the title was motivation enough, but O-G found maybe a little bit more incentive on Friday night because it was coming off its only loss of the season last Saturday night, 58-57, at Lexington.
“Our practices this week were pretty hard. We knew we had to come out and make a statement after a loss. It was devastating but we came ready to play and we knew what we should do,” senior guard Bryce Schroeder said.
“I think we made a pretty good statement. We let other teams know a loss is a pretty big thing for us and we’ll come back ready to play the next week,” he said.
Dible, a 6-6 senior forward, said, “It was a pretty good week of practice, a really good week, probably our best week of the year.”
“Hungry” was the word Ottawa-Glandorf coach Tyson McGlaughlin used to describe the Titans’ approach to Friday night’s game.
“I thought our guys played really hard. They were hungry. We had a phenomenal week of practice and I think it showed tonight,” he said.
“You never know how guys are going to bounce back but they came into the gym Tuesday and they were hungry. They played that way tonight and hopefully that’s something we can continue to do.”
Wapakoneta coach Doug Davis said, “They’re a really good team and when they shoot like that (52 percent on field goals and nine 3-pointers), they’re tough to beat.”
The Redskins (13-7, 5-3 WBL) had given up more than 60 points only twice before Friday night – 61 in a loss to Minster and 66 in a win over Perry. O-G came into the game having scored over 90 points five times and over 70 points 13 times.
So, in the battle of contrasting tempos, Wapakoneta was hoping to keep the game in the 60s. But Ottawa-Glandorf blew up that plan by forcing 15 first-half turnovers, 11 of them in the second quarter, on its way to a 40-17 lead after two quarters.
“They had that big second quarter with all those turnovers and easy baskets. Take that away and we have it in the 60s. That quarter hurt us and we were down big at halftime,” Davis said.
Adam Scott scored 12 points and had 11 rebounds and Gage Schenk had 12 points for Wapakoneta.
Reach Jim Naveau at 567-242-0414 or on Twitter at @Lima_Naveau.