D-III Final: O-G’s Metzger leads Titans to title with historic performance

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O-G’s TJ Metzger tied or set four state finals records in the D-III state final. (Gary Housteau)

TJ Metzger made history Saturday and so did Ottawa-Glandorf in the D-III state championship game. The Titans won their third state title (before a crowd of 13,851) and Metzger tied or set four state records. Wow is right…How it happened (& PHOTOS).


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Ohio HS Boys Basketball State Tournament

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Division III Final

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*Ottawa-Glandorf 67, Versailles 46 (Box Score)

COLUMBUS – Ottawa-Glandorf senior T.J. Metzger exited Saturday morning’s Division III state championship game at the 2:06 mark owning two records and having tied two others. More importantly, however, he left with a state championship well in hand.

Metzger scored 36 points on 11-of-17 shooting, which included a remarkable 9-of-14 performance behind the 3-point arc. For good measure, he was 5-of-5 from the charity stripe. All those numbers helped O-G to a 67-46 victory over Versailles and a third state championship before 13,851 at Ohio State’s Schottenstein Center.

“I didn’t expect to come out that hot,” Metzger said. “I give all the credit to my teammates for finding me, a big thanks to them. In a game like this you have to play with confidence and you can’t be nervous.”

The staggering numbers allowed Metzger to secure the Division III state finals record for most 3s in a game (nine) and tie the record for most 3s in any finals game. Metzger’s 36 points tied Sparta Highland’s JT Hoying’s 1998 state finals mark for most points in a D-III final. Hoying previously had the mark for D-III 3-point makes (8) as well. Metzger’s 13 combined 3s in the semifinal and final broke the previous two-game all divisions record of 12.

Ottawa-Glandorf head coach Tyson McGlaughlin, who was a former O-G standout as a player, said it was pretty simple when asked about what needed done.

“We believe you feed the hot hand,” McGlaughlin said. “At this point, you don’t reinvent the wheel.”

McGlaughlin went on to talk about O-G’s senior class and what they meant to him and the success of the Titans.

“This senior class is just winners,” McGlaughlin said humbly. “Winning is contagious because the kids care.”

It was an old-fashioned shoot-out to start off. At the first television time out (4:24), the two squads were a combined 6-of-8 from behind the arc as O-G held a slight, 12-9, advantage.

Following the TV timeout, the Titans scored seven-straight points to take a 21-9 lead thanks to a Metzger triple and drive-in basket and Matt Kaufman and Caleb Siefker each converting inside buckets.

The opening quarter ended fittingly as Metzger hit his fifth triple of the period on a fade away bomb from the right wing giving the Titans a 24-11 advantage. Metzger finished with an amazing 18 points on 6-of-7 shooting.

Chad Winner did his best to keep the Tigers in the game with eight points.

Another Metzger 3 early in the second period extended the lead to 29-11.  Metzger’s seventh 3 of the half made the score 35-18 with 1:59 to play in the half.

The Titans took a 35-20 lead into the locker room on the back of Metzger’s 26 points on 8-of-10 shooting (7-of-9 from distance).

Winner ended the half with eight points and sophomore Kyle Ahrens chipped in five.

Versailles cut the lead to nine points in the third quarter on an Ahrens drive-in hoop and a pair of freebies, but the Titans quickly stretched the lead back to 15 (41-26) following a Noah Bramlage jumper and two inside buckets from senior Michael Rosebrock.

Metzger tied the D-III state finals record for made 3-pointers at the 1:57 mark of the third quarter with his eighth triple. In doing so, it stretched O-G’s lead back to (46-34).

Metzger broke the D-III record and tied the all-divisions record with his ninth 3-point goal of the game as the third quarter ended. Metzger shot faked and dipped under the defender releasing the shot as the horn sounded. Metzger proceeded to hold the release pose for several seconds towards the Titans crowd as the fans went nuts.

“The two buzzer-beaters probably stick out the most,” Metzger said. “It’s awesome. It’s exciting and I can’t wait to get back to town and see everyone.”

O-G held a 51-36 lead heading into the final frame.

Metzger tied Hoying’s 1998 D-III finals scoring record at the 5:06 mark of the fourth quarter on a pair of freebies with his 35th and 36th point of the morning, which gave the Titans an insurmountable lead (57-40).

Rosebrock finished with eight points and eight rebounds, and heady, senior guard Matt “Chewy” Kaufman tallied seven points, six rebounds, and five assists.

Ahrens led Versailles with 12 points and Winner added 11 in closing out his fine career. Both players were just 4-of-11 from the field.

“I give credit to them,” Ahrens noted. “Their defense was outstanding.” 

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Photos by Gary Housteau (JJHuddle.com)

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Coming…2013 High School Football

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