Basketball: Ottawa-Glandorf pulls away from Coldwater


Titans will face Liberty-Benton next

By Mark Altstaetter - [email protected]



Ottawa-Glandorf’s Colin White puts up a shot against Coldwater’s Luke Schwieterman during a Friday Division III sectional final at Elida. See more high school basketball photos at LimaScores.com.

Ottawa-Glandorf’s Colin White puts up a shot against Coldwater’s Luke Schwieterman during a Friday Division III sectional final at Elida. See more high school basketball photos at LimaScores.com.


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Coldwater’s Luke Schwieterman drives against Ottawa-Glandorf’s Eli Schmenk during a Friday Division III sectional final at Elida.

Coldwater’s Luke Schwieterman drives against Ottawa-Glandorf’s Eli Schmenk during a Friday Division III sectional final at Elida.


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Allen East’s Zach Miller puts up a shot against Liberty-Benton’s Kameron Garlock during a Friday Division III sectional final at Elida.


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Allen East’s Keaton Miller puts up a shot against Liberty-Benton’s Cason Doolittle during a Friday Division III sectional final at Elida.


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ELIDA — There’s an old saying, “Defense wins championships.”

Ottawa-Glandorf boys basketball head coach Tyson McGlaughlin pointed to his team’s defensive effort as the key to Friday’s 63-40 victory against Coldwater in a Division III sectional final at the Elida Fieldhouse.

The Titans’ defensive pressure helped cause 22 Coldwater turnovers on the night. O-G, on the other hand, turned it over just seven times.

“I thought our defense, all night, was really good,” McGlaughlin said. “The first quarter, I think we held them scoreless for about the first six minutes.

“Offensively, we finally got into a rhythm. I think we had some jitters, early on. Coldwater came out and mixed it up a little bit. We knew they were going to give us some different (defensive) looks.”

With the victory, O-G (20-2) advances to the district tournament this coming Thursday at Lima Senior. The Titans will face Liberty-Benton (17-6) Thursday in a district semifinal with tip-off set for 5:30 p.m.

In the second sectional title game Friday night at Elida, Liberty-Benton slipped past Allen East, 66-60.

Colin White led Ottawa-Glandorf Friday with 23 points, including three 3-pointers. Theo Maag (10) and Carson Fuka (10) also scored in double figures for the Titans. Maag, a 6-foot, 7-inch post player, pulled down eight rebounds and had two blocks. Fuka had two 3-pointers and four assists for the Titans.

Marcel Blasingame led Coldwater (4-18) with 13 points.

Both teams struggled, early on.

Coldwater did not score until the 1:51 mark of the first quarter. Blade Buschur (four points) made a shot inside to cut it to 4, 6-2.

At the end of the first quarter, O-G led 11-2. Hunter Stechschulte (seven points) canned a long 3-pointer right before the buzzer to give the Titans the nine-point advantage.

Coldwater was 1 of 9 shooting from the field in the first quarter. O-G was

5 of 16 from the floor.

O-G stretched its lead out to as much as 15 points in the second stanza. At the halftime break, the Titans led 24-13.

O-G’s defensive pressure helped cause 10 Coldwater turnovers in the first half.

O-G was 10 of 31 from the field in the first half, while Coldwater was just 3 of 16 from the floor.

White got off to a slow start, early on, but ended the half with 10 points on 4 of 10 shooting.

The Titans’ defensive pressure wreaked havoc on Coldwater in the third quarter as the Cavaliers turned it over nine more times. O-G capitalized on most of those miscues.

By the end of the third quarter, O-G’s lead had ballooned to 46-24.

“It took us a little while to get going, but I thought as the game continued, we started to wear them out,” McGlaughlin said. “We got to the areas (on the court) where we needed to get to. We got a little soft at the offensive end (early on). We let them bump us around a little bit. But I thought in the second half, we got to the spots that we needed to.”

For the game, O-G shot 43 percent from the field. Coldwater connected on 32 percent of its field goal attempts.

Coldwater controlled the boards, 37-27.

“We got good looks in the first half. … We just didn’t knock them down,” McGlaughlin said. “But you have to stick to what you do. I thought we really relied on our defense a lot. We sped them up. You have to give Coldwater credit. They did a good job in transition, and did a good job on the glass. We just found a way.”

Liberty-Benton 66,

Allen East 60

Allen East had Liberty-Benton on the ropes for most of Friday’s sectional final.

However, L-B came out strong in the second half, and came away with a hard-fought six-point victory over the Mustangs (14-10).

Despite getting 30 points on the night from Garett Newland, the Mustangs fell a little short in the fourth quarter. For the game, Zach Miller had 12 points and four assists. Carson Clum had nine points and seven assists for Allen East.

“Our guys fought hard,” Allen East head coach Gabe Young said. “They’ve been fighters all year. I couldn’t be prouder of them, than I am right now.

“I understand that we didn’t win the ball game, but Liberty-Benton came out and shot about 52 percent from the field in the second half. When a team does that, it’s hard to beat them.”

L-B had three players score in double figures.

Cason Doolittle poured in 20 points and pulled down seven rebounds. Malik Eckford had 16 points, including two 3-pointers. Lincoln Garlock had 13 points, including three 3-pointers for the Eagles.

It was a tightly-contested game for most of the way.

Allen East slipped out with a 13-12 lead by the end of the first quarter.

The Mustangs extended their lead to 22-11 by the halftime break.

Newland led Allen East with 15 first-half points, on 6 of 10 shooting from the floor. Miller added nine points in the first 16 minutes for the Mustangs.

Liberty-Benton came roaring back in the third quarter.

The Eagles cut the deficit to 1, 46-45, by the third stop.

However, in the final eight minutes, L-B outscored Allen East 21-14.

Ottawa-Glandorf’s Colin White puts up a shot against Coldwater’s Luke Schwieterman during a Friday Division III sectional final at Elida. See more high school basketball photos at LimaScores.com.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/02/web1_OG-vs-CW-001-1.jpgOttawa-Glandorf’s Colin White puts up a shot against Coldwater’s Luke Schwieterman during a Friday Division III sectional final at Elida. See more high school basketball photos at LimaScores.com. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Coldwater’s Luke Schwieterman drives against Ottawa-Glandorf’s Eli Schmenk during a Friday Division III sectional final at Elida.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/02/web1_OG-vs-CW-007-1.jpgColdwater’s Luke Schwieterman drives against Ottawa-Glandorf’s Eli Schmenk during a Friday Division III sectional final at Elida. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Allen East’s Zach Miller puts up a shot against Liberty-Benton’s Kameron Garlock during a Friday Division III sectional final at Elida.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/02/web1_AE-vs-LB-004-1.jpgAllen East’s Zach Miller puts up a shot against Liberty-Benton’s Kameron Garlock during a Friday Division III sectional final at Elida. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Allen East’s Keaton Miller puts up a shot against Liberty-Benton’s Cason Doolittle during a Friday Division III sectional final at Elida.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/02/web1_AE-vs-LB-002-1.jpgAllen East’s Keaton Miller puts up a shot against Liberty-Benton’s Cason Doolittle during a Friday Division III sectional final at Elida. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Titans will face Liberty-Benton next

By Mark Altstaetter

[email protected]

Reach The Lima News sports department at 567-242-0451.

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