ELIDA – Back in December, Ottawa-Glandorf defeated Archbold 57-36.
However, Wednesday’s boys Division III regional semifinal basketball game at the Elida Fieldhouse was a little tougher this time for the Titans.
On Wednesday, Ottawa-Glandorf reclaimed the lead in the fourth quarter and staved off Archbold for a hard-fought 52-48 victory.
With the win, Ottawa-Glandorf (19-4) will take on Johnstown-Monroe (22-5) in a regional final Saturday at the Elida Fieldhouse with tip-off set for 7 p.m.
In Wednesday’s first regional semifinal at the Elida Fieldhouse, Johnstown defeated Collins Western Reserve, 75-69.
This is the second year in a row that O-G has been in the regional tournament.
“A lot of people were talking about the first game (against Archbold),” O-G head coach Tyson McGlaughlin said. “Any time you play anybody for the second time, there’s going to be a big difference. They had two starters out, and we didn’t have Brennen (Blevins) in the first game. In general, from one week to the next, it (the season) was crazy – let alone for two and a half months.”
Owen Nichols, a 6-foot-7 senior, led Ottawa-Glandorf with 22 points and nine rebounds. Brennen Blevins had 13 points, including 6 of 9 shooting from the free throw line for the Titans.
Ashton Kammeyer led Archbold (21-5) with 18 points on 7 of 9 shooting from the field. Teammate DJ Newman added 15 points.
After Archbold claimed an early 2-0 lead, O-G promptly responded with a 9-0 run to push out to a 9-2 lead by the 3-minute mark of the first quarter.
The Titans led 16-10 at the first stop.
Nichols reeled off nine first-quarter points to lead O-G.
The Titans shot well in the first eight minutes, connecting on 7 of 10 shots.
But Archbold kept it close.
After O-G pushed its lead to 7 points, the Blue Streaks cut it to 4, 22-18, on a 3-pointer by Austin Roth, with four minutes left to play in the first half.
Then, with 2:13 left to go in the half, Alex Roth made one of two free throws for Archbold to cut it to 3, 22-19.
The Titans led 24-19 at the halftime break.
Nichols led O-G with 11 points and six rebounds in the first half.
The Titans shot 58 percent from the field in the first half, while the Blue Streaks connected on 39 percent of their field goal attempts.
The Blue Streaks came out aggressive in the second half.
Archbold cut it to 1, 24-23, on an inside move by Newman.
But O-G responded with a 3-pointer by Nichols to make it 29-26.
The Blue Streaks came right back as Newman hit a trey to knot the game at 29 apiece.
With 1:35 left to play in the third quarter, Kammeyer scored down low to tie the game up at 35.
At the end of the third quarter, it was all knotted up at 37.
In the final quarter, two quick baskets by Kammeyer gave the Blue Streaks a 41-37 lead.
But O-G wasn’t done.
The Titans battled back, claimed the lead and went on to secure the victory.
“I really don’t know what to say right now,” McGlaughlin said. “Archbold did a lot of really good things to put themselves in position to be successful. We had a hard time just trying to figure out what we wanted to do, defensively.”
For the game, O-G shot 55 percent from the field. Archbold connected on 50 percent of its field goal attempts.
Archbold committed eight turnovers, while O-G turned the ball over 10 times.
“Sometimes you just have to tip your cap to the other team,” McGlaughlin said. “Fortunately for us, our (defensive) pressure slowly but surely, toward the end, started to wear on them.”
Johnstown-Monroe 75, Collins Western Reserve 69.
In Wednesday’s first regional semifinal, Johnstown slipped out with a hard-fought 6-point victory over Collins Western Reserve.
Gavin Foe led Johnstown (22-5) and all scorers with 33 points on 14 of 17 shooting from the field. Teammate Jake Lusk scored 19 points and pulled down a game-high 16 rebounds. Tylar Cox added 12 points, including three 3-pointers for Johnstown.
John Skrada led Western Reserve (20-3) with 22 points, including three 3-pointers. Carson Roe (14), Jude Muenz (12) and Matt Jarrett (10) also scored in double figures for Western Reserve.