OTTAWA — Ottawa-Glandorf’s 63-61 boys basketball win over Lima Senior in a match-up of state ranked teams lived up to the hype. And maybe exceeded it.
The Titans, ranked No. 3 in the state in Division III, moved to 13-0 on the season and Lima Senior, ranked No. 8 in Division I, lost for only the second time in 13 games this season.
Ben Westrick scored 27 points and had 10 rebounds and five blocked shots to lead Ottawa-Glandorf and Owen Nichols scored 12 points. Josiah Fulcher’s 17 points led Lima Senior and Jamir Simpson had 16 points.
O-G ran out to a nine-point lead early but Senior take a six-point lead at halftime The Titans battled back to go up by nine again at 53-44 with 6 ½ minutes left in the game.
Lima Senior tied the game at 59-59 with 1:20 to play on an offensive rebound by Fulcher but two free throws by Nichols and two more by Ethan Alt in the final 1:03 of the game secured the win.
“That was just a hell of a game. It was a tournament atmosphere, a heavyweight fight, whatever you’d like to call it. It was what it was advertised as and more,” Ottawa-Glandorf coach Tyson McGlaughlin said..
“We talk to our guys all the time that we play the schedule we play for a reason and we think we can compete at that level. We wanted to go out there and assert ourselves early. We knew that first three minutes of the game were important. We needed to kind of set the tone and I was just proud of the way our guys not only handled their pressure but attacked them,” he said.
“Ben protected the rim and played above the rim all night. When we needed some baskets he got them. Ben played phenomenal but Ethan Alt might have had the most impressive five or seven points game, whatever he had tonight, because he handled their pressure and helped some other guys. Ethan played phenomenal tonight.”
Alt said, “That is the most pressure I have ever seen. You can’t simulate that in practice. You can’t prepare for it. Just trust yourself, make a move and try to blow by it.”
He also was involved in another big play when he started the game by hitting two free throws after Lima Senior was assessed a technical foul for dunking during warm-ups.
Westrick said the Titans did the same things that brought them into the game undefeated to get the win Saturday night.
“We kept the tempo up, we played hard and we just kept doing what we do,” he said
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