ST. MARYS — Ottawa-Glandorf emerged with a 58-54 win over the St. Marys boys basketball team on Friday night in a ragged, physical game that featured 65 combined free throws — 28 of which were missed — and the constant interrupting trill of whistles.
The Titans went on a 6-0 run late in the fourth quarter to build a big enough cushion to overcome an awful night at the free throw line and from the floor. O-G won for the fifth time in their last six outings.
St. Marys, for the second time in three weeks, nearly pulled an upset of a double-digit win team from up north. Two weeks after putting a scare into undefeated Defiance, the Riders gave the 11-win Titans all they could handle before foul trouble and turnovers did them in.
The Roughriders lost their sixth straight Western Buckeye League game.
“We turned it over and we turned it over and a lot of it was unforced,” St. Marys head coach Dan Hegemier said. “Our smaller guards had a tough time seeing over people. Our kids battled to the end, but unforced turnovers were a deathknell for us.”
The basketball equivalent of walking a tightrope with foul trouble didn’t help St. Marys, either.
At one point in the third quarter St. Marys (5-11, 1-6 WBL) had six players with three or more fouls. The Roughriders had three players foul out at the end of the night and three others had four fouls when the game ended.
Everything seemed set up for Ottawa-Glandorf (11-5, 5-2 WBL) to open up a lead as it made trip after trip to the free throw line. But the Titans made only 24 of those 44 attempted free throws.
J.D. Meyer finished the game tied for the team-high with 15 points and led the team with six rebounds.
Garet Fledderjohann scored 15 points for St. Marys. D.J. Manning added 13 points.
Noah Bramlage scored a team-high 13 points for O-G.
St. Marys travels south to face Minster (8-9) tonight at 6:30 p.m. St. Marys is 2-4 against Midwest Athletic Conference opponents this season.
CELINA 77, KENTON 58
KENTON — Celina had four players reach double-figures and the Bulldogs had little trouble downing Kenton, 77-58, on Friday night. Scott Moeder scored 13 points, Clayton Hoyng had 12 points and Braden Billger and Derek Waterman scored 11 points apiece. The win kept Celina’s late-season surge going. The Bulldogs have won four of their last five games and have scored 72 or more points in three of those four wins. Celina improved to 8-8, 3-4 in the WBL. Kenton stayed winless in the WBL at 0-7 and went to 6-11 overall. Brice Fackler led all scorers with 25 points. Fackler went 10-of-17 from the floor and pulled down a game-high nine rebounds.
FORT RECOVERY 51, MARION LOCAL 31
MARIA STEIN — Fort Recovery stayed in a tie atop the Midwest Athletic Conference standings with Delphos St. John’s with a 51-31 win over the Marion Local Flyers on Friday. Wade Gelhaus scored 22 points and Jared Kahlig added 12 points for the Indians (14-2, 6-1 MAC). Lee Pierron was the lone Flyer in double figures with 16 points. Marion Local fell to 8-8, 2-5 in the MAC.
ELIDA 63, BATH 48
ELIDA — Reggie McAdams scored 29 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead the Bulldogs to a 15-point win over Bath, who entered the night tied for second in the league with the Bulldogs. Taren Sullivan scored 18 for Bath. Elida locked down defensively on Brad Davis, who had just one point.
VAN WERT 59, WAPAKONETA 44
WAPAKONETA — Van Wert raced out to an early 24-7 lead, withstood Wapak’s lone rally, and held on for a 59-44 win over the Redskins in a Western Buckeye League varsity boys basketball game Friday night. Senior Jacob Myers scored 13 points in the first quarter to pace the Cougars. Junior Jake Buzzard led Wapak with 13 points. Van Wert upped its record to 12-4 overall and 5-2 in the WBL. Wapak is 5-12, 2-5 WBL. The Redskins will return to action Friday at home against the Shawnee Indians.