OTTAWA — The Ottawa-Glandorf steals just kept coming.
And so did the Titans’ 3-pointers.
O-G overwhelmed Lima Central Catholic with its press-run-and-fire-3-pointers game in a 92-53 boys basketball victory over LCC Saturday at Hermiller Gymnasium.
The Titans led 27-20 after the first quarter and held a 36-28 lead with just over five minutes left before halftime.
Then, it was turnover, O-G 3-pointer.
Turnover, driving layup.
“We were in a man (press), then we went to a diamond and that got them out of it,” O-G guard Owen Hiegel said.
In all, the Titans ripped off a 19-0 run to pull out to a 55-28 lead.
“It was an awesome feeling,” Hiegel said. “I can’t really describe it, but I’ll take it every time. It comes with energy. When we play with energy, we’re a really good team.’’
O-G turned LCC over 10 times in the second quarter and 15 times for the half.
“We went to the diamond press and I thought Braden Fortman did a fantastic job in the center part of that press, by either getting a deflection or forcing a bad pass, and we were able to turn those into buckets,” O-G coach Tyson McGlaughlin said. “I’m just so proud of the way we came out and played tonight.’’
Meanwhile, O-G hit 9 of 14 on 3-pointers in the first half.
O-G is 4-0. LCC is 4-2.
The Titans closed out the second quarter on a 29-7 run to head to the locker room with a 58-31 lead at the half.
“I think the key is with our pressure and we try to speed teams up and make them play a little bit faster,” McGlaughlin said.
During that critical run, O-G hit four 3-pointers, including three by Hiegel. The Titans also had seven layups, of which three came on putbacks.
“They were making all their shots, and not only that, but when they were missing their shots, they were capitalizing on second chances,” LCC coach Frank Kill said. “When you’re playing and Ottawa team that out energizes you at every position, it’s hard to beat them.
“It was a track race and it was like a volcano exploded. We couldn’t stop the bleeding. Turnovers came in clusters and we couldn’t stop that from happening.’’
Both teams were coming off a victory on Friday night.
O-G rolled past St. Marys (77-47), while LCC knocked off Delphos Jefferson (65-44).
Hiegel, the all-everything O-G point guard, led his team with 24 points and was 5 of 6 on 3-pointers.
“It’s always going to come back to him (Hiegel). I think he’s the best player in the area,” McGlaughlin said. “He was able to get off to a good start, but he was also able to get other guys looks.’’
Added Kill, “He (Hiegel) does everything the right way. He’s one of the best players in the area because of his basketball I.Q. and skill level.’’
Ben Westrick, the 6-foot-7 O-G center, had 15 points, eight rebounds and four blocks.
Ethan White had 11 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks for O-G.
Aaron Rieman had 12 points and five rebounds.
Carter Heringhaus had nine points on three 3-pointers, all in the first half.
The Titans had nine blocks on the night, when they weren’t forcing LCC into 24 turnovers.
O-G shot 14 of 28 on 3-pointers for the game.
Rossy Moore led LCC with 14 points and two 3-pointers.
De’Montre Garner added eight points and four rebounds. Dominic Riepenhoff had seven points.
Michael Jay Riepenhoff had six points and eight rebounds.
O-G won the boards 40-32, including 18-12 at the offensive end.
“They really exposed us tonight,” Kill said. “Give a lot of credit to them. They had a lot of guys step up for them. And their size really killed us.’’
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