|(Updated) Otsego's boys hold off Wauseon (2-26-13)|
|Written by THOMAS SCHMELTZ, Sentinel Sports Writer|
|Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00|
Otsego walked out of Kevin J. McQuade gymnasium a 52-46 winner over Wauseon, in a Division II sectional semifinal, after the Indians made a fourth-quarter comeback.
Wauseon battled back from a 46-34 deficit, cutting Otsego’s lead to 46-44 with 1:57 to play. PHOTO GALLERY
At this point in the game is where Otsego’s veteran leadership showed up.
Otsego’s John Thomas took two charges in the final minute of the contest, sparking a quick scoring burst allowing the Knights to hang on for the win.
Trailing by two, Wauseon’s Noah Castle barreled into Thomas inside and was called for a charge. Thomas responded with a layup at the other end to give Otsego a 48-44 lead.
On the Indians’ ensuing possession, Castle was driving on the right side when Thomas was again knocked to the ground, taking a second charge in as many possessions.
A.C. Limes was all alone at the other end on Otsego’s inbound and converted the easy layup, after a full-court pass, essentially securing the win for the Knights as they held a 50-44 lead with 32 seconds to go.
“He had been going hard at me his first step the whole game and I knew sooner or later I could take one,” Thomas said of drawing the charges on Castle, a 6-foot-4 sophomore post.
“Our scouting report said right in it that they will absolutely run you over, and they did,” said Otsego head coach Jim Bostdorff. “(Wauseon head coach) Chad (Burt) is going to tell you that they weren’t charges. And maybe they weren’t; that call gets missed or made a lot.
“We told them to stand in and take them, and they did. And we got the calls,” Bostdorff added.
Otsego improves to 19-4 overall with the nail-biting win, while Wauseon ends its season 13-10.
The Knights were seemingly in control of the contest as they opened the fourth quarter with a 10-3 scoring run, giving them a 46-34 lead.
But turnovers and bad shots allowed Wauseon to use a 10-0 run to cut the lead to 46-44.
“We just got going way too fast,” Bostdorff said. “They were pressing us and we were kind of screwing with the press a little bit in the backcourt. Once we got it to half (court) we were just way too fast.”
Bostdorff called timeout with 2:17 remaining in the game, in the heart of Wauseon’s scoring spurt.
“We burned a timeout that I really didn’t want to burn there but I just felt like we had to just to get us settled back in,” Bostdorff said. “The kids were pretty good about responding after that.”
After the timeout the Indians recorded the last basket of their run and Otsego’s dramatic final minute began.
Thomas scored 14 points for Otsego, but Jerome Griffin was the facilitator on offense scoring a team-high 18 points, including two 3-pointers in the third quarter.
Otsego held a 24-20 lead at halftime but found themselves trailing after the Indians came out strong in the third, taking a 28-24 lead.
Griffin answered with a triple from the left wing, which sparked a 12-3 run to end the third with Otsego leading 36-31. The 6-1 senior guard capped the run with a 3-pointer off an offensive rebound and then a layup with 1:10 to go in the third.
Griffin scored 16 of his 18 points in the second and third quarters.
“Luckily Jerome kind of took the game over in the second and third quarter,” Bostdorff said. “He just absolutely did that for us, take the game over. He beat guys off the dribble and made some really tough jump shots.”
Bostdorff credited his team’s experience for their ability to bounce back from the adversity of the Wauseon scoring runs and the fact that Limes missed the entire second quarter with foul trouble. He finished with eight points.
“Our seniors have been through this before and I don’t think anything should catch them off guard anymore,” Bostdorff said.
Otsego will play Defiance (16-6) on Friday in the sectional final at 6:15 p.m. at Swanton.
OTSEGO 52, WAUSEON 46
Robinson, 0-0—0; Shadbolt, 0-2—2; Byers, 0-0—0; Boysel, 0-0—0; Bzovi, 7-2-3—23; Hammons, 5-3—13; Newlove, 1-1—3; Castle, 2-1—5. TOTALS: 15-2-10—46.
Rodgers, 0-1—1; Myers, 1-0—2; Downs, 0-0—0; Griffin, 6-2-0—18; Smoyer, 3-3—9; Thomas, 5-1-1—14; Limes, 4-0—8. TOTALS: 19-3-5—52.
WAUSEON 14 6 11 15 —46
OTSEGO 8 16 12 16 —52
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 February 2013 10:34|
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