LEIPSIC – One goal.
Ottoville came into Leipsic determined to reach the goal of winning the Putnam County League title and the Big Green did so in dominating fashion with a 65-40 win Friday night
Ottoville improves to 18-2 on the year and goes unbeaten in the PCL with a 7-0 mark. Leipsic slips to 3-3 in the league and 13-7 overall.
This marks the Big Green’s first PCL title since 2007.
Ottoville head coach Keith Utendorf said capturing the title was a major accomplishment considering the level of talent in the league this year.
They are going to finish 4-3 in the league and have 13 wins,” Utendorf said. “This is one goal for us and we will try to move on to the next one.”
Ottoville came out against Leipsic like a team hungry for a Putnam County League title from the opening tip-off. With its trademark smothering defense and the ability to garner rebounds and push the temp tempo, the Big Green raced out to a 17-4 lead after the first eight minutes.
The Big Green did not let up in the second quarter and the Ottoville owned a 41-18 lead by halftime.
“We were able to get in a rhythm. We wanted to see what they were coming out in and expecting some different things and took us a little time to get calibrated a little bit and we got good shots and then better shots and then our defense picked it up from there.”
Leipsic head coach Chris Kuhlman gave credit to Ottoville and how they started the game.
“They are a heck of a team,” Kuhlman said. “You can try to take a few things away and do different things and I thought we started off like we wanted to and then they made a few contested shots and good teams do that.”
Kuhlman added that he felt like they had a good game plan offensively coming into the game but said his team did not play with confidence and do the things they wanted to and Ottoville took advantage of it.
Ottoville’s Josh Thorbahn had another big night offensively with a team-high 21 points as he hit five 3-pointers on the night. The senior also snared seven caroms. Fellow senior Will Miller added 17 points.
Leipsic’s Mason Brandt and Jaden Seifker both scored 12 points for the Vikings.
Ottoville’s defense made the Viking top two scorers work for their buckets.
“It is not a secret offensively that our two main scorers like to come off screens and they do things for each other and they (Ottoville) blow those up by beating us to spots and play physical with us,” Kuhlman said. “There size caused us problems and that is not one our strengths offensively and we have guys who our post players who can handle the ball a little bit but but if they are taking away the outside we have to be able to score in the paint and that wasn’t an option tonight.”
This marks the fifth straight game where Ottoville has held an opponent to 50 points or less.