Saturday’s D-III boys basketball final (10:30 a.m. at the Schottenstein Center) will pit a pair of power conferences. The kicker? Ottawa-Glandorf finished third in the Western Buckeye League. Versailles? Fourth in the MAC. One is going to win state. Here’s how they got there…
Ohio HS Boys Basketball State Tournament
Division III Semifinals Recap
*Ottawa-Glandorf 61, Ironton 60, OT (Box Score)
Ottawa-Glandorf trailed 23-12 early in the second quarter before closing the half on a 16-5 run – fueled by nine points from senior T.J. Metzger – to tie the game at 28 at half. After a back-and-forth second half, the Titans found themselves down 54-48 with 56 seconds left. Enter Caleb Siefker. The senior knocked down three free throws after getting fouled on a 3-point attempt and then stole the inbound pass and converted a lay up. Ironton’s Trey Fletcher would make 1-of-2 free-throws at the other end setting up a game-tying lay up for OG’s Matt “Chewy” Kaufman with under two seconds to play sending the game to overtime. The extra session was tied twice before Metzger would sink 1-of-2 freebies to seal the win with a second to play.
Players of the Game:
Ottawa-Glandorf: T.J. Metzger scored 25 points to the lead the Titans, which included a 7-of-14 showing from behind the arc. He was just 7-of-14 at the foul line, but did hit the one that mattered most.
Ironton: Trey Fletcher was outstanding in the loss finishing with 27 points on 11-of-15 shooting and grabbing a game-high 13 rebounds.
Stat of the Game: Ironton senior Zac Carter struggled on the day finishing to just 4-of-16 from the field. Carter, who is the school’s all-time leading scorer, closed out his brilliant career with 12 points.
*Versailles 64, Leavittsburg LaBrae 52 (Box Score)
Versailles jumped out fast thanks to the fine play of junior Damien Richard and sophomore Kyle Ahrens. Richard had 11 points in the opening stanza, while Ahrens had 10 including an emphatic dunk resulting in a three-point play. LaBrae used a 15-2 run in the second quarter to come from 10 points down and take a 37-33 lead at half. Junior Peyton Aldridge took over for the Vikings and went to work in the second frame, scoring 11 points on a 3-pointer and four 15-foot pull-ups. Aldridge had 16 points at half. Richard and Ahrens combined for 28 first half points. Versailles took a 49-45 lead after three quarters as senior Chad Winner finally got going. He scored six points in the period. The Tigers blew the game open in the fourth with LaBrae going cold from the floor and Versailles continuing to attack the basket. The Tigers – using a stifling 1-2-2 zone – outscored LaBrae 31-15 in the second half. Ahrens finished the game with 21 points and five rebounds.
Players of the Game:
Versailles: Damien Richard finished with 21 points, 10 above his average. He did so on 8-of-12 shooting and also grabbed five boards.
Leavittsburg LaBrae: Peyton Aldridge scored 23 points on 10-of-15 shooting, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked four shots.
Stat of the Game: LaBrae shot just 6-of-26 (23-percent) in the second half after shooting 65-percent in the first 16 minutes.