Saturday, January 8, 2011

O-G topples Defiance, 61-42

It was one year ago that Defiance handed Ottawa-Glandorf a 73-53 loss at “The Dawg Pound,” in Defiance, a fact that has lingered in the Titans’ minds since then. Redemption was their goal as the two teams faced off on Friday at Robert J. Hermiller Field House in Ottawa, a place Defiance hasn’t won at since 1993.

This year, Ottawa (7-2, 2-0 WBL) returned the favor with a 61-42 victory over Defiance (5-1, 1-1 WBL).
“It’s just a big win because they got us pretty bad last year. When they came here we just wanted to do the same thing to them,” admitted Titan senior guard Travis Schomaeker. “We kind of got embarrassed last year and didn’t do too well in the WBL. This year we want to go undefeated in the league because it’s going to be tough to have a loss in the WBL and win it outright.”

At halftime, the Titans led 26-18 and it appeared the Bulldogs were going to mount a charge when they cut it to 26-20 after Eric Stapleton completed and old-fashioned three-point play. But a series of baskets from beyond the arc at the 6:53 mark by Andrew Trenkamp and Schomaeker all but ended Defiance’s chance at a comeback as the Bulldogs trailed 44-29 at the end of three quarters.

Ottawa-Glandorf handled the Bulldog threats in the third quarter with their game plan of taking big man Stapleton out of the equation by running offense right at him.

“We tried to do it earlier, we kept going at him but he made good plays,” stated O-G mentor Josh Leslie. “You have to go right at him rather than avoid him or he’ll step across and block shots. Plus he gets every rebound. So, we take the opposite approach and go at him. The hope is he’ll get a couple fouls the first half, a few more the second half and make him sit awhile and change the complexion of their team. That’s what happened and it was huge.”

The fourth stanza started out much like the third with a Bulldog attack cutting the lead to 10 at 46-36 after a Stapleton three-point play with 6:11 left. But again, the Titans mounted a counterattack of their own and cruised to the 61-42 victory.

“You know they’re going to make one more run at you, regardless what the score is,” Leslie said. “We just tried to break their momentum by calling timeout when they hit a few baskets in a row. Calm it down a little bit and make sure we get the play we want to get.”
Leslie, who picked up win 101 in his career, believed the real key to the game happened in the first quarter .

“The big key when you play them, because they’re so well coached, is you have to get ahead,” he explained. “Even if you can get up just a couple possessions so they chase you. Fortunately, we were up 16-9 after one and that gave us some cushion. That allowed us to stay in our game plan while they have to change theirs’ just a little.”

Meanwhile Defiance mentor Kirk Lehman saw a different factor that contributed to his teams’ loss.
“I thought in the first half we were right there with them and competing pretty good,” Lehman said. “It was two teams playing really hard, but we just missed too many layups. You can’t do that against a good team like Ottawa-Glandorf.

“At one point, they had an eight or nine-point lead and we missed three or four layups and you can’t do that in a game like this,” added the DHS mentor. “Then in the second half we lost our composure. When you lose your poise, Ottawa has you right where they want you and they beat you by 20.”

Another big key was that the Titans held Defiance’s biggest perimeter threat Doug Herrett scoreless on the night,
“Teams know that Doug (Herrett) can shoot the basketball,” said Lehman. “They force him to step a little further out. We’ve got to do a better job of recognizing that and get him in a better position. He also has to get himself in a better position. He shot a lot of long range threes and he can make some, but when you play in a game like tonight where they make you go up and down you don’t have the legs.”
Stapleton led the Bulldogs with 19 points. Schomaeker paced the Titans with 24 points while Andrew Trenkamp tallied 11 and Landon Pothast added 10 points.

“It’s all about my teammates, I just get open and they feed it to me,” explained Schomaeker. This is just the beginning of it, we just need to keep getting better and better every week. Now we’ll just focus on the WBL and nothing else.”


DEFIANCE (42) – Murray 3; Parrish 3; Moore 6; George 0; Guilliam 2; Weisgerber 0; Kidston 5; Small 2; Shankle 0; Herrett 0; Stapleton 19; Tobias 2. Totals 17-48 4-9 42.
OTTAWA-GLANDORF (61) – Lammers 3; Kaufman 0; Schomaeker 24; Metzger 7; Leopold 0; Brickner 0; Peck 2; Hershberger 4; Rosebrook 0; Pothast 10; Trenkamp 11; Koch 0; Ellerbrock 0. Totals 24-39 6-10 61.
Three-point goals: Defiance - Moore 2, Parrish, Kidston. Ottawa-Glandorf - Schomaeker 4, Lammers, Metzger, Trenkamp. Rebounds: Defiance 18 (Stapleton 7), Ottawa-Glandorf 24 (Peck 7). Turnovers: Defiance 8, Ottawa-Glandorf 13.
Defiance    9    9   11   13   -   42
O-G    16   10   18   17   -   61
Reserves: Ottawa-Glandorf, 59-3.

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