LIMA — It’s just not supposed to be this easy.
The Ottawa-Glandorf boys’ basketball team swept its way to a Division III district championship and a trip to the Bowling Green regional with a convincing 87-67 win over Coldwater on Saturday night at Lima Senior.
The Titans are scoring 85.6 points per game in the tournament thus far, and have won their three games by an average of 35.6 points.
The Titans were all over the Cavaliers in the first quarter as they raced out to 13-2 lead by forcing Coldwater into turnovers on four of their first five possessions in the game. The lead ballooned to 20-4 before O-G settled for a 33-14 lead after one period of play.
How hot were the Titans?
They connected on 6-of-7 on two-pointers and 7-of-10 on three-pointers in the first quarter. Junior guard Owen Hiegel led the way with 13 first period points on the strength of three treys.
The Cavaliers had come out and employed a 2-3 zone defense and were in a deep hole before they switched to a man to man in hopes of slowing the Titans express.
O-G grew the lead to a many as 32 points when they went ahead 50-18 at the 3:25 mark of the second quarter. The Cavaliers would connect on three treys by junior Marcus Bruns over the next three minutes to get to with-in 53-29 at the half.
“We started out strong; we got some steals and hit some shots.” Ottawa coach Tyson McGlaughlin said. “Owen stepped up and got us started.”
Hiegel was coming off an ankle injury that caused him to miss the sectional game and most of the district opener.
“I just try to get it going right away, Hiegel said. “I love the (district) title and look forward to regionals.”
The Cavaliers refused to quit despite the big deficit and out-scored the Titans 38-34 in the second half but the early hole they found themselves in was too deep to dig out from.
“We didn’t keep our composure early and should have come out of the zone sooner which is on me.” Coldwater coach Nick Fisher said. “I’m proud of the kids and the fact they didn’t quit; good luck to O-G, they are a load.”
Coldwater placed three players in double digit scvoring and were led by Derek Albers who totaled 21 points on the night. Cole Frilling added 16 for the Cavs and Bruns ended the evening with 15 points.
O-G was led by Ethan White with 21 points and Hiegel who finished with 18. Bryce Schroeder totaled 15 while Jay Kaufman ended with 14 points.The Cavaliers ended the game with 20 turnovers while the Titans finished with only 8 in the game.
O-G finished the contest shooting 55 percent from the field, included 12-of-24 on three-point shots.
The Titans move on to the BG regional where they will play Wednesday, March 14, at 8 p. m. against the winner of Archbold and Cardinal Stritch.
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