Late Rally by Ottawa-Glandorf Titans Ends Season for Blue Streaks – 3/10/21

Despite trailing for most of the game, the Archbold Blue Streaks managed to grab the lead late in the third quarter and extended it to six points with under four minutes remaining.  However, the Ottawa-Glandorf Titans were able capitalize on several late turnovers and retake the lead with under two minutes on the clock and hang on for a 52-48 victory in the OHSAA DIII Regional Semi-final held in the Elida High School Field House.  The Archbold loss brings a very successful season to an end.  A season which saw the Blue Streaks capture NWOAL, Sectional and District Championships while compiling a 21-5 overall record.

The Streaks scored the first two points of the contest but saw the Titans run off nine straight points to take a seven-point lead at the 3:23 mark.     The Titans used a tight full-court press forcing Archbold to work hard to get the ball across half court.  From there the O-G defense dropped into a two-three zone and had their quick guards put a lot of pressure on the Streaks outside shooting while clogging up the key inside.  Archbold managed to stay relatively close by scoring when given the few opportunities for open shots but still only managed to shoot 39% for the half and trailed 24-19.

Out of the break, DJ Newman hit his first three shots, including one from long distance that tied the score at 29-all with 5:35 to go in the third.  The Streaks also were able to get the ball down low to Ashton Kammeyer who found scoring success while battling the Titan’s 6’7” forward Owen Nichols.  The teams then traded baskets the rest of the quarter and entered the final frame knotted at 37 points each.

Kammeyer dropped in two short baskets to start the fourth and give Archbold a four-point advantage and later Austin Roth drained his second three-pointer of the night to give the Streaks their biggest lead of the game, 44-38, with 3:56 showing on the game clock.  Just 15 seconds later O-G began their comeback with a triple to start an 11-0 run, giving a them a five-point lead the Streaks were unable to overcome.  Archbold did pull off a steal and score to get within 50-48 with 9.6 second left but had to send the Titans to the foul line again where they put the game away with two more free throws.

Both teams shot the ball relatively well with The Streaks making 19 out of 38 from the field for 50.0% and the Titans hitting 18 of 33 for 54.5%.  The difference in the game came at the foul line where Archbold took nine shots and made six while O-G took 17 shots and made 12.

Kammeyer led the Streaks with 18 points and four rebounds and Newman put in 15 and also had four rebounds.  Alex Roth had seven points and Austin Roth added six.  Nichols took scoring honors for the Titans with 22 points and pulled down nine rebounds.  Blevins added 13 points.  Ottawa-Glandorf now moves on to face the Johnstown-Monroe Johnnies on Saturday night with the winner advancing to the state finals.

Pictured:  Ashton Kammeyer scores the first two of his 18 points.

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