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Sunday, January 13, 2013Boys Basketball: Ottawa-Glandorf pins 53-43 loss on Findlay
By DAVE HANNEMAN
OTTAWA -- Some of Ottawa-Glandorf's basketball players were on the regional finals soccer team last fall.
Others were on the football team that advanced to the state semifinals.
So it's understandable it might take awhile for the Titans to get their basketball legs.
After blitzing Findlay 35-20 in the second half to earn a 53-43 win over the Trojans on Saturday, however, it appears the Titans, who reached the Division III state semifinals last season, are ready to make another run.
"Yeah, it does take awhile, but we're getting there," O-G's T.J. Metzger, an all-Ohio soccer player who scored 15 of his game-high 18 points in the second half, said after the Titans (9-1), ranked No. 3 among Ohio's Division III schools, won their seventh straight game.
Findlay fell to 7-4 in what is becoming an intense Route 224 rivalry between the two schools.
Playing crisp from the start, Findlay led 10-6 when Adam Twining threw down a slam off a nice backside cut.
They built the margin to 23-16 with under three minutes left in the half after Twining's jumper, a free throw by Austin Gutting, Joseph Davidson's layin off a Michael Clark steal and Clark's two foul shots capped a 7-0 run.
O-G cut it to 23-18 at the half on a putback by Alex Westrick, then started to take control in the third quarter behind the play of senior veterans Metzger and Michael Rosebrock.
Metzger hit a "3'' and Rosebrock a tip-in. O-G big men Rosebrock, at 6-foot-4, and 6-foot-7 sophomore Noah Bramlage then popped outside to hit three straight jumpers from the right side.
Findlay led 25-23 and 27-25 on baskets by Twining, a junior wing who led the Trojans with 12 points.
Gutting's 3-point play put the Trojans up 30-27, but O-G ran off six straight points for a 33-30 margin.
Findlay kept it a one-possession game to the end of the third quarter and into the fourth.
Instead of jump shots, O-G started taking it to the basket and got two 3-point plays from Metzger and Rosebrock in expanding its lead to 47-39 with 4:09 to play.
The Titans clinched it by converting 6 of 7 free throws during one stretch, and 11 of 15 in the fourth quarter.
Findlay did not make a basket the entire fourth quarter. The Trojans also missed chances to cut into the deficit by going 9 of 14 from the line.
"I thought we came out and competed hard, much better than last Saturday (a 40-31 loss to Defiance)," said FHS coach Jim Rucki.
"We executed fairly well for most of the game, but we got a little sloppy with the ball. We had six, seven turnovers in the third quarter, and obviously we did not shoot well in the second half."
After knocking down 9 of 17 shots in the first half, Findlay was just 4 of 14 from the field in the second.
Rosebrock finished with a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds.
Gutting added nine points and Clark eight. Davidson and Braden Miller, whose back-to-back "3s" sparked Findlay's run early in the second quarter, added seven each.
Miller 2-3 1-2 7, Clark 1-11 6-6 8, Twining 5-9 2-4 12, Davidson 3-4 1-2 7, Gutting 2-5 5-7 9, Gobrecht 0-0 0-0 0, Kairys 0-0 0-0 0, Niswander 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 13-31 15-21--43.
Kaufman 1-5 1-2 3, Rosebrock 5-9 4-7 14, Siefker 0-3 2-2 2, Bramlage 2-2 4-4 8, Metzger 5-10 6-6 18, Westrick 3-5 1-2 7, VonSossan 0-1 0-0 0, Schroeder 0-0 0-0 0, Leopold 0-0 1-2 1, Alt 0-0 -0-0 0. TOTALS: 16-35 19-25--53
Findlay 10 13 11 9 -- 43
Ottawa-Glandorf 10 8 18 17 -- 53
3-Point GOALS: Findlay 2-10 (Miller 2-3, Clark 0-5, Twining 0-2); Ottawa-Glandorf 2-10 (Kaufman 0-2, Von Sossan 0-1, Siefker 0-2, Metzger 2-5).
rebounds: Findlay 24 (Gutting 6, Davidson 6, Clark 4); Ottawa-Glandorf 27 (Rosebrock 12 ).
turnovers: Findlay 12, Ottawa-Glandorf 12.
junior varsity: Ottawa-Glandorf, 57-47.
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