Ottoville’s Joseph Miller (2) looks for a shot as Temple Christian’s Preston Patrick (23) defends. (DHI Media/Charlie Warnimont)
Ottoville’s Joseph Miller (2) looks for a shot as Temple Christian’s Preston Patrick (23) defends. (DHI Media/Charlie Warnimont)
OTTOVILLE — As with any basketball team, Ottoville is looking to disrupt their opponent’s offense and try to feed off that offensively.

While the Big Green didn’t have a great night offensively, their defense certainly kept Lima Temple Christian’s offense in check. Ottoville scored the first six points of the contest and never looked back in claiming a season opening 69-22 non-league win over the Pioneers at the L. W. Heckman Gymnasium.

Defensively, the Big Green’s more experienced perimeter players were able to frustrate the younger Temple Christian players into mistakes as the Pioneers had 30 turnovers for the contest and shot just 30.8 percent from the field in the game.

“We love pressuring people. And we did it in the right way tonight,” Ottoville coach Keith Utendorf said. “Some of our trapping and other scenarios we have to get better at, but I thought our on ball pressure was pretty good all night. It really disrupted what they do. We look for disruptions and that’s the biggest thing for us to upset what they are trying to do. I thought was pretty good tonight.”

Ottoville grabbed a 6-0 lead behind two free throws from Joe Miller and four points from Kyle Manns before the Pioneers scored on a Preston Patrick basket three and a half minutes into the game. The Big Green had a 14-6 lead after the first quarter, then broke the game open with a 13-1 run to start the second quarter. William Miller and Joshua Thorbahn both had four points during the run.

Joshua Engle scored the only basket for the Pioneers in the second quarter before the Big Green went on an 8-0 run to close the half and take a 33-9 hafltime lead. Thorbahn had four of the eight points for Ottoville during that run.

If there was one area of concern for Utendorf after the game was their offensive play at times.

“If are not shooting it well, which we didn’t do tonight, we have to get second, third and fourth opportunities to try and convert offensively,” Utendorf said. “We talked about that at halftime. Sometimes we’ll send four, maybe five to the offensive glass depending on positioning. I thought over the course of time our pressure was going to do that. We are a spurt team and we were waiting for that spurt and we got it coming out of halftime to stretch that lead out.”

Ottoville scored the first seven points of the third quarter as Thorbahn had five points, including a three-pointer. After a Patrick bucket for LTC, the Big Green closed the quarter with an 11-3 run as five different players scored points as Patrick interrupted Ottoville’s run with a three-pointer.

The fourth quarter saw Ottoville empty it bench to get everyone playing time.

The Big Green hit 29-of-60 field goal attempts in the game (48.3 percent) and they grabbed 13 offensive boards as Grant Kortokrax had six of them. Kortokrax finished the game with eight rebounds and Thorbahn had six.

Thorbahn led the Big Green offensively with 17 points, despite not playing the fourth quarter. Manns added 14 points.

Patrick had 11 points to lead the Pioneers.

Ottoville won the junior varsity contest 76-12 as they scored the first 31 points of the game.

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Temple Christian 8-26 4-9 22: D. Engle 0-0-0; J. Engle 1-0-2; M. White 0-0-0; L. Callahan 1-0-2; P. Patrick 4-2-11; L. Waters 2-2-7.

Ottoville 29-60 9-12 69: J. Miller 3-2-8; T. Schlagbaum 1-2-4; K. Manns 6-2-14; G. Kortokrax 3-1-7; J. Thorbahn 8-0-17; C. Furley 1-0-2; D. Fisher 0-0-0; C. Hanneman 0-0-0; C. Edelbrock 2-0-5; K. Trentman 1-2-4; J. Langhals 1-0-2.

Temple Christian 6 3 5 8 - 22

Ottoville 14 19 20 16 - 69

Junior Varsity: Ottoville 76-12.

Three-point goals: Temple Christian 2-11 (Patrick 1, Waters 1); Ottoville 2-16 (Thorbahn 1, Edelbrock 1).

Rebounds: Ottoville 29 (Kortokrax 8).