Boys basketball: Late three propels O-G past Lima Senior

Jan. 20—OTTAWA — Lima Senior vs. Ottawa-Glandorf has become one of the premier basketball rivalries in the area over the past few years.

With the game on the line Saturday night, the Titans had the ball in the hands of their star 6-foot-6 guard, Ohio State-bound Colin White. Up by just one point with 1:32 remaining, everyone knew that White, who had a double-double with 29 points and 10 rebounds, was going to shoot — until he didn't.

White kicked the ball out to junior point guard Grady Toumazos, who hit a 3-pointer to put No. 2-ranked Ottawa-Glandorf (12-2) ahead for good and seal a 51-48 victory in front of a packed house at the Supreme Court in Ottawa.

"Obviously, we're going to go to Colin, and everybody in the gym knew that," said O-G coach Tyson McGlaughlin, who was recognized before the game for recently recording his 300th career victory in 15 years of coaching. "But Colin, he's there to win, and he made the right basketball play. They brought a second and almost a third guy at him, and he kicked it out to Grady. You know, he caught it in rhythm, and he didn't hesitate."

Toumazos, who finished with 12 points, said, "When it feels good, you have to let it fly. That last three really felt good."

Toumazos added, "Me and Whitey, we put countless hours in during the offseason. We built that chemistry there."

Lima Senior (6-6) pulled back within one, at 49-48, on a Shawn Foster 3-pointer of his own with 1:16 left. With plenty of players in foul trouble on both sides and two Lima Senior players fouled out, the Titans patiently held onto the ball until a foul put Caden Erford to the foul line, where he hit both of his shots for a 51-48 lead with 19.3 seconds remaining.

The Spartans had one more opportunity for a game-tying 3-pointer. Foster, who had six of his 10 points in the fourth quarter, found himself tied up by White and Erford near halfcourt and had to unsuccessfully chuck the ball toward the basket.

"We take a ton of pride defensively. I know coach (McGlaughlin) harps on it all the time," White said. "Especially against Lima Senior, you've got to be locked in. They're probably going to be a little quicker than you. They beat you up and down the court. In the halfcourt, I thought we did a really good job to slow down what they did."

Lima Senior coach Quincey Simpson said the Spartans missed their opportunity, but he couldn't stop the clock to calm his players, as he'd used all his timeouts. Lima Senior had 10 offensive rebounds in the game and missed on too many of those opportunities, he said.

"You always save one time out, just in case," Simpson said. "I didn't have a time out left, so that's just poor management by me. I thought we had a couple of good looks before that."

Isiah Wilson led Lima Senior with 16 points. Dashad Greer had a team-high six rebounds, all offensive boards.

The win was extra special for White, who hit 10 of 10 free throws on the night.

"I hadn't ever beaten Lima Senior in my high school career, so it was great to get a win against them," White said. "You know, I have total respect for how they do things and those guys over there. It's just an awesome feeling to finally beat them."

It was a tough, physical game throughout, and each team held the lead for at least some time in each quarter. Lima Senior led by as many as five points in the first quarter, and Ottawa-Glandorf was ahead by as many as seven points in the third quarter.

Each team had key players get into foul trouble in the first half. That led to an unusual end to the half, as the usually aggressive teams both let the final two and a half minutes tick off the clock before O-G started a play with 11 seconds remaining. Both coaches said they decided to fall back and wait to avoid getting someone in worse foul trouble.

White, who scored 11 points in the second quarter, made the best of a broken play, hitting a 3-pointer as time expired in the first half to give O-G the 24-19 lead.

"It wasn't actually supposed to come to me," White said. "Our shooter was supposed to come to the corner. It just worked out that way, I guess."

Simpson complimented Ottawa-Glandorf on the hard-fought win.

"Let's be clear: O-G is a really good basketball team," Simpson said. "The tradition here is phenomenal. It's a tremendous place to play. I enjoy coming here, and the fans are great. I thought we let one get away, though. We'll go back to the drawing board, and we'll get some guys back next week who've been out for several weeks."

It also builds confidence for the Titans, whose two losses have been by a combined four points to state-ranked opponents Lima Central Catholic and Findlay.

"We've played a lot of tough games this year. We hadn't capitalized," Toumazos said. "Tonight we really played well, especially on that shot."

Ottawa-Glandorf 51, Lima Senior 48

Lima Senior 14 5 14 15 — 48

Ottawa-Glandorf 10 14 13 14 — 51


Jae Walton 7, Isiah Wilson 16, Shawn Foster 10, Dashad Greer 8, Jagger Hutchins 4, Noah Simpson 3. Totals: 18-6-48.


Grant Schroeder 2, Grady Toumazos 12, Ross Maag 1, Brody Fortman 2, Colin White 29, Caden Erford 5. Totals: 15-18-51.

3-pointers: LS-Foster 2, Wilson 2, N.Simpson 1, Walton 1; O-G-Erford 1, Toumazos 1, White 1.

Reach David Trinko at 567-242-0467 or on Twitter @Lima_Trinko.