Boys basketball: Ottawa-Glandorf hangs on against Wapakoneta


Titans clinch share of WBL title

By Tom Usher - sports@limanews.com



Wapakoneta’s Brady Erb drives against Ottawa-Glandorf’s Owen Hiegel during Friday night’s Western Buckeye League game at Robert J. Hermiller Gymnasium in Ottawa.

Wapakoneta’s Brady Erb drives against Ottawa-Glandorf’s Owen Hiegel during Friday night’s Western Buckeye League game at Robert J. Hermiller Gymnasium in Ottawa.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Ottawa-Glandorf’s Owen Hiegel puts up a shot against Wapakoneta’s Brady Erb during Friday night’s Western Buckeye League game at Robert J. Hermiller Gymnasium in Ottawa.

Ottawa-Glandorf’s Owen Hiegel puts up a shot against Wapakoneta’s Brady Erb during Friday night’s Western Buckeye League game at Robert J. Hermiller Gymnasium in Ottawa.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

OTTAWA — Wapakoneta not only got the shot it wanted, it got two final shots.

But neither one found the bottom of the net.

Ottawa-Glandorf held off Wapakoneta down the stretch for a 65-62 boys basketball victory at Hermiller Gymnasium.

The victory clinches at least a share of the Western Buckeye League title for the Titans.

O-G has won four straight boys basketball WBL titles, including sharing the title with Defiance in 2016.

“Four in a row is crazy,” O-G point guard Owen Hiegel said. “It’s awesome. It’s a great feeling.’’

O-G is 17-3, 8-0 in the WBL. O-G’s final WBL game is at Elida next Friday.

Wapak is 12-8, 4-8 in the WBL.

“It’s a great honor for our kids,” O-G coach Tyson McGlaughlin said. “It’s something definitely you don’t take for granted. It wasn’t our best performance, but good teams find a way to sneak out with a win when you don’t play your best.’’

The Titans led 53-47 entering the fourth quarter.

The Redskins sliced the O-G lead to one point four different times.

“It was kind of an ugly game, but we came out with the win,” Hiegel said.

The final time it was a one-point spread came after a 3-pointer by Wapak’s Adam Scott to pull the Redskins within 63-62 with 19 seconds left.

Hiegel then made two foul shots off the double bonus to give the Titans a 65-62 lead with 16 seconds left.

Wapak played for a final shot and Scott missed a 3-pointer on the right wing with five seconds left.

Wapak’s Reed Merricle got the rebound on the left wing, took two dribbles to the 3-point line, turned around and missed a 3-pointer with one second left.

“That was what we wanted,” Wapak coach Doug Davis said of Scott’s shot. “That was what we drew up. Adam (Scott) set a screen, slipped it and had a good look.’’ Hiegel led the Titans with 23 points.

Ben Westrick, a 6-foot-7 post player, had 13 points and nine rebounds.

Carter Heringhuas had nine points and two 3-pointers. Aaron Rieman had nine points and seven boards.

Scott had 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Redskins.

Good had 15 points. Merricle had nine points on three 3-pointers.

Wapak was able to be within three at the end by hitting 7 of 19 on 3-pointers.

The Redskins also limited their turnovers to 11.

“We didn’t turn the ball over which led to easy layups,” Davis said. “That’s what we had on the board. We didn’t want to turn it over and have it lead to the layup. We had Adam (Scott) back there to help bring the ball up. He can handle the ball and that helped us break the press.’’

Scott was a load most of the night on the inside and O-G kept flipping its defenses and presses, including a mix of 2-3 zone in the second half.

“I thought Wapak played extremely hard and did a lot of really good things,” McGlaughlin said.

In the final 29 seconds, Hiegel and Heringhaus both hit 2 of 2 at the line.

O-G hit 8-of-19 on 3-pointers.

Wapak won the boards, 30-27.

Davis was pleased with his team’s defense.

“I thought we did a real good job closing out on their shooters, except for the last couple of minutes in the second quarter,” Davis said.

The entire first half was a matter of both teams having 3-point surges.

O-G led 20-19 after the first quarter.

The Titans then led 41-34 at the half.

At the half, O-G was 6 of 15 on 3-pointers, while Wapak was 4 of 10.

O-G went on an 8-0 early run, all by Heringhaus, including two 3-pointers.

That gave the Titans a 17-7 lead.

Wapak came right back and ripped off a 10-0 run to tie the game at 17.

Scott hit a 3-pointer and had two layups during that run.

With the game tied at 30, O-G closed the first half with an 11-4 run to take a 41-34 lead into the locker.

During that burst, it was sophomore Brennen Blevins who canned two 3-pointers and Heringhaus had one at the buzzer.

Wapakoneta’s Brady Erb drives against Ottawa-Glandorf’s Owen Hiegel during Friday night’s Western Buckeye League game at Robert J. Hermiller Gymnasium in Ottawa.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/02/web1_OG-vs-Wapak-RP-008-1.jpgWapakoneta’s Brady Erb drives against Ottawa-Glandorf’s Owen Hiegel during Friday night’s Western Buckeye League game at Robert J. Hermiller Gymnasium in Ottawa. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Ottawa-Glandorf’s Owen Hiegel puts up a shot against Wapakoneta’s Brady Erb during Friday night’s Western Buckeye League game at Robert J. Hermiller Gymnasium in Ottawa.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/02/web1_OG-vs-Wapak-RP-001-1.jpgOttawa-Glandorf’s Owen Hiegel puts up a shot against Wapakoneta’s Brady Erb during Friday night’s Western Buckeye League game at Robert J. Hermiller Gymnasium in Ottawa. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Titans clinch share of WBL title

By Tom Usher

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