Boys basketball: Ottawa-Glandorf rings up 88-61 win against LCC

OTTAWA — Forty-eight points is more than some teams post in a full night.

Ottawa-Glandorf ran that up by halftime.

O-G press, ran and shot its way to an 88-61 victory against Lima Central Catholic in a boys high school basketball game Friday night at Hermiller Gymnasium.

LCC is 3-4. O-G is 7-2.

O-G shot 65 percent from the field, including hitting 6 of 9 on 3-pointers.

“We shot it really well tonight,” O-G coach Tyson McGlaughlin said. “It started with Colin tonight. Colin did a fantastic job of drawing the defense. He’s able to see over the top of the defense and was able to see Caden (Erford) multiple times and got Caden in a good rhythm.

“I think that’s the sign of a good team, they’re unselfish and they don’t care who’s getting the scoring.’’

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The Titans’ presses forced 20 LCC turnovers.

That often led to fastbreak layups by the Titans.

Of the 34 O-G baskets, 23 came via layups.

“We knew they had a freshman point guard and we wanted to speed them up,” O-G’s Colin White said. “Our press creates havoc. We did that tonight, especially in the second quarter.’’

White paced O-G with 26 points and six rebounds.

White was scoring on drives to the basket and pull-up 15-footers. He was also drawing a double-team and finding Erford at the 3-point line.

“We try to make the defense collapse and we have guys on the perimeter who can knock it down,” White said.

Caden Erford scored 23 with five 3-pointers.

“Caden’s that utility guy,” McGlaughlin said. “He does a little bit of everything for us. He got some good looks early and when you hit a couple of shots, that rim gets bigger and bigger.’’

O-G’s Theo Maag had 10 points and five rebounds.

For LCC, Carson Parker scored 27 with three 3-pointers.

Matt Quatman scored nine. Willie Foster scored six.

Ottawa-Glandorf led 16-14 after the first quarter.

But the Titans’ press-and-run attack led them to outscore LCC 32-15 in the second quarter.

That gave O-G a 48-29 halftime lead.

“We talk all the time about our pressure,” McGlaughlin said. “It’s not always to get turnovers, it’s to get tempo. And I thought the tempo really started to shift there (in the second quarter) and when you are able to get a couple of buckets, that confidence level goes. Then, it kind of snowballed there.’’

O-G mixed up its man press with a 2-2-1 press and result was LCC couldn’t get comfortable running its offense.

LCC turned the ball over eight times in the second quarter and 13 times in the first half.

O-G started the second quarter on an 11-4 run to pull out to a 27-18 lead with 5:45 left in the second.

During that run, Erford hit two 3-pointers and Hunter Stechschulte hit one.

White scored 11 in the second quarter on drives to the basket, pull-up jumpers and one slam.

White had 17 at the half.

O-G’s smothering press helped the Titans outscore LCC 11-3 in the finals three-plus minutes of the second quarter.

During that surge, White scored nine, mostly on power drives to the basket.

Erford scored 13 at the half, including knocking down three 3-pointers.

O-G hit 14 of 20 from the field in the first half, including 4 of 6 on 3-pointers.

LCC got within 14, 64-50, at the 1:35 mark of the third quarter.

But Stechschulte hit a 3-pointer and two fast-break layups off LCC turnovers gave O-G a quick 7-0 run.

That gave O-G a 71-50 lead with 46 seconds left in the third.

The T-Birds weren’t able to make another run.

Tom Usher wrote this story for Reach The Lima News sports department at 567-242-0451.