OTTAWA – Sometimes the best adjustment is no adjustment.
In Friday’s key Western Buckeye League boys basketball matchup between Ottawa-Glandorf and visiting St. Marys, O-G head coach Tyson McGlaughlin did not make any major halftime adjustments.
The Titans just came out and executed at a higher level in the second half, and pulled away for a convincing 67-47 victory over St. Marys at Robert J. Hermiller Gymnasium.
With the win, O-G improves to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the WBL. St. Marys slips to 3-2 overall and 1-1 in league play.
Owen Nichols led Ottawa-Glandorf and all scorers with 22 points. The 6-foot, 7-inch senior pulled down six rebounds and dished out four assists.
The Titans had three others score in double figures. Landon Jordan scored 11 points, including three 3-pointers. Colin White had 11 points, all coming in the second half. Carson Fuka added 10 points, including 6 of 6 shooting from the free throw line. Fuka also dished out five assists.
After O-G pulled out to a 34-26 lead by the halftime break, the Titans came out in the second half and shifted to a different gear.
“I think we just stuck with what we were doing,” McGlaughlin said. “I thought we did a better job (in the second half) of spreading them out. That’s the one thing we really wanted to do, game plan wise – was get their bigs out on the perimeter and make them guard Nichols. He (Nichols) had a great first half. We were able to exploit some of their size by making them play on the perimeter.”
O-G held St. Marys’ Austin Parks (6-9 ½ center) to just five points on the night.
“All our coaches did a great job this week of preparing our guys and getting back to the drawing board,” McGlaughlin said. “… Because as well as we played tonight, it might have been the exact opposite last Saturday (loss to Lima Central Catholic). I thought our coaches got back to the drawing board; and our players really bought in. They came out (Friday) and set the tone on how physical we wanted to play.”
Jadin Davis led St. Marys with 16 points, including two 3-pointers. Teammate LeTrey Williams added 10 points.
After three lead changes in the first quarter, O-G finally pulled out to a 17-12 lead by the first stop.
Nichols led the way for the Titans with 11 first-quarter points. Nichols nailed two shots behind the 3-point line. Jordan also had two 3-pointers for O-G in the first eight minutes of action.
St. Marys made a run late in the first half.
With 1:45 left in the half, St. Marys knotted the game at 26 each on an inside move by Davis.
However, O-G scored eight unanswered points the rest of the half, and went into the halftime break with a 34-26 lead. Jordan and Eli Schmenk (six points) both hit 3-pointers to help lead the Titans to the 8-point advantage at the break.
Nichols led the Titans with 15 first-half points. He also dished out three assists.
Williams led the Roughriders in the first half with eight points, including two shots behind the 3-point line.
The Titans picked up the tempo in the second half.
By the 2:04 mark of the third quarter, O-G’s lead ballooned to 19, 52-33.
White scored eight points in the third quarter to lead O-G to a 54-35 lead by the third stop. The Titans outscored the Roughriders 20-9 in the third stanza.
“I think the big thing was, Colin White was in foul trouble the whole first half. He played a little timid there; and we were able to use him on side pick-and-rolls, and make them pick and choose,” McGlaughlin said. “I thought our guys executed really well.”
For the game, O-G shot 47 percent from the field. St. Marys shot 43 percent on its field goal attempts.
O-G held the edge on the boards, 31-20.
On the night, O-G committed nine turnovers. St. Marys turned the ball over 10 times.
“I thought it was a collective effort,” McGlaughlin said. “There were a lot of different things that went into it (Friday’s victory).
“I thought we were consistently getting to the spots we wanted to, offensively. Defensively, we were pushing them a little further from the basket than they wanted to. When we were able to do that, we made things tough on them.”