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COLUMBUS — Ottawa-Glandorf didn’t have their best day at the free-throw line Thursday morning during their Division III state semifinal with Ironton.
However, a free throw by TJ Metzger with 1.1 seconds left in overtime was the deciding margin as O-G slipped by Ironton 61-60 in the first of two Division III state semis at the Value City Arena.

O-G (25-3) advances to the Division III state title game Saturday morning against Versailles. The championship game tips off at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

After the Tigers (23-3) Zac Carter tied the game with 35.5 seconds left with two free throws, O-G worked the clock looking to take the final shot in a tied game. With the clock running down, Metzger drove the lane and put up a shot as he was fouled.

After an Ironton timeout, Metzger went to the line and sank the second of his two free throws for a one point lead.

“I made my last two free throws and I went there with some confidence,” Metzger said. “I was trying to use my legs to get the ball up but I don’t think I have legs right now. I just tried to concentrate and make that second one.”

Metzger played all 36 minutes of the game, as did Kaufman, for the second straight game.

After the free throw, Ironton threw a desperation pass down court that deflected off two or three players before going out of bounds with just a tick of the clock showing. O-G was given possession of the ball and ran a play to run out the clock.

Metzger led the Titans with 25 points as he buried four 4-pointers and seven free throws. Matt Kaufman finished with 11 points, including the two points that tied the game at the end of regulation. Kaufman also dished out six assists.

Michael Rosebrock had eight points and nine rebounds for O-G.

Trey Fletcher led the Tigers with a game-high 27 points and 13 rebounds. Trevor White added 14 points and Carter finished with 12.
Ottawa-Glandorf had to mount two rallies during the game to keep their season alive.

Early in the second quarter, the Titans trailed 23-12 after a 10-0 Ironton run that closed out the first quarter and started the second as Fletcher had a pair of baskets to start the second quarter.

After a quick timeout, O-G went on a 15-2 run as they took their first lead of the game at 27-25 on a Metzger 3-pointer. That was the second of two 3s by Metzger in the run that also included a 3-point play by Kaufman and a tip-in by Kaufman off an O-G miss.

The two teams went into the locker room tied 28-28. As the third quarter got underway, the Titans grabbed a 33-28 edge and finished the quarter with a 41-38 lead.
Ironton fought back in the final quarter as they went on a 6-0 late in the final stanza to take a 54-48 lead with 56 seconds.

But in matter of eight seconds, the Titans had the deficit down to one point as Caleb Siefker canned three free throws after being fouled on a 3-point shot. O-G’s defense came up big on the inbounds play as the Titans forced a turnover and Kaufman flipped the ball over to Siefker who laid in a basket.

After a Fletcher free throw with 28.4 seconds left gave Ironton a 55-53 lead, O-G played for the final shot and got a surprisingly easy basket from Kaufman as he drove the lane and laid in the tying basket with a second left.

“We talk to our guys all the time, that we may not be the best basketball players on the court, but you cannot question these guys’ heart and cannot question their toughness,” McGlaughlin said. “These guys are all athletes. They all play other sports as 13 of the 14 guys were involved in football or soccer, teams that went to the regional finals last fall.”

“They are used to winning. They expect to win and they don’t care how it gets done. Tonight just proves that they play hard. They played hard for 36 minutes and made plays when they had to. I was very, very proud of the effort,” McGlaughlin added.

Versailles 64, Leavittsburg LaBrae 52

Kyle Ahrens and Damien Richard each had 21 points and Versailles pulled away in the fourth quarter to defeat Leavittsburg LaBrae 64-52 in the second Division III semifinal at the boys state tournament at Ohio State’s Value City Arena on Thursday.

Versailles (23-5) goes for its first state title Saturday at 10:30 a.m. against Ottawa-Glandorf, who seeks a third. Versailles was runner-up in 2004 in its other state appearance.

LaBrae (24-4) led 37-33 at the half and trailed only 49-47 early in the final period. But the team went more than six minutes without a point. Versailles went on a 13-0 run that wasn’t stopped until Peyton Aldridge made a basket with 26 seconds left for the last of his game-high 23 points for the Vikings.


Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary 70, Vincent Warren 51

Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary beat Vincent Warren by almost 20 points in the opening Division II semifinal at the boys state tournament at Ohio State’s Value City Arena on Thursday.

Nick Wells scored 16 of his 18 points in the first three quarters for the Irish, who won 70-51.

The Irish (20-9) play Columbus Watterson at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and will get a chance for a seventh title to tie Middletown for the all-time Ohio lead. The Irish’s last championship was in 2011.

Warren (26-2) trailed 19-17 before being outscored 20-10 in the second quarter and never threatened after that.

Reece Patton had 21 points and Michael Hall 15 for Warren. VJ King amassed 14 points and Jalen Hudson had 12 points for St. Vincent-St. Mary.
Watterson 53, Kettering Alter 42

Matt Hughes had 21 points as Columbus Bishop Watterson defeated Kettering Archbishop Alter 53-42 in a Division II semifinal at the boys state tournament at Ohio State’s Value City Arena on Thursday.

The Eagles (27-1) have won 22 games straight. They’ll take on Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Watterson took the lead just past the 5-minute mark of the second period but didn’t have more than a 2-possession advantage until four minutes left in the game.

Matt Lehmann added 14 points for Watterson in the school’s state tournament debut. Jaaron Simmons had 17 points for Alter (21-6) in the final game for coach Joe Petrocelli. He announced his retirement last month after a 49-year career, which included 831 wins, second-most in Ohio history.


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