Ottawa-Glandorf got a little revenge and a big win over Coldwater after the Titans downed the Cavaliers 69-39 in the Division III district semifinals Thursday night.
With the win, Ottawa-Glandorf (23-1) faces Wayne Trace (18-6) in the district final at Lima Senior at 1 p.m. Saturday. Coldwater’s season comes to an end with a 12-13 mark.
Last season the Cavaliers ousted Ottawa-Glandorf from the postseason in the districts with a 70-67 victory but this year the game was all Titans.
The trademark Titan defense, coupled with some solid shooting both in the paint and from the perimeter, proved to be too much for the Cavaliers.
Titan head coach Tyson McGlaughlin said last year’s loss was not talked about this past week.
“This wasn’t brought up in our practices and that is the honest to god truth,” McGlaughlin said. “Our guys our young the understand what happened last year. Coldwater came out and they beat us. I don’t need to bring that up to our kids but that was last year and 2020 is a whole new year and our guys have worked extremely hard to put themselves in a position to be here so I think that served as a little self motivation for those guys but it wasn’t a focal point for us.”
Coldwater head coach Nick Fisher said he felt his team lost their composure in the first half.
“I really think the biggest thing was turnovers,” Fisher said. “We allowed them to shoot some high percentage shots.”
When not scoring transition baskets off steals and turnovers, the Titans were hitting from all over the court. Ottawa-Glandorf’s Owen Nichols got the job done inside with 17 points to lead all scorers. Brennen Blevins, who popped four treys, finished with 16 points.
For the game, the Titans hit seven 3-pointers.
Coldwater’s Ethan Post scored 12 points as he hit four 3-pointers.
Fpr the game, the Cavaliers had 19 turnovers as the Titans’ tenacious defense were on top of the Cavaliers all night.
Ottawa-Glandorf’s took control of game towards the end of the first quarter.
Holding a slim, 9-6. lead the Titan defense turned up the heat and reeled off 10 unanswered points to open up a 19-6 advantage with 1:18 left. Coldwater’s Ethan Post 3-pointer ended the Titan onslaught and at the end of the first eight minutes, Ottawa-Glandorf was up 19-6.
At the beginning of the second quarter, the Titans picked up where they left off as they swarmed the Cavaliver players to go on an 11-3 run and opened up a 30-13 lead with a little more than four minutes left the first half.
In those opening four minutes of the second quarter, the Titans forced four turnovers and converted easy transition buckets to gain the large lead.
The Titans, looking to make sure the Cavaliers could not gain any momentum for a possible second half comeback, manufactured a 17-3 run to secure a 47-20 lead at halftime.
In the first half, the Cavaliers had 12 turnovers.
By the end of the third quarter, Ottawa-Glandorf was up 63-31.
“I thought we did a good job with the tempo,” McGlaughlin said. `It’s all about tempo for us we wanted to get the ball out and go and obviously we want to create turnovers but the most important thing for us is to score off of turnovers.”