(Updated 9:55 p.m.) Toledo Scott rolls past Otsego's boys (3-6-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 22:16
Otsego's A.C. Limes (53) takes a shot on Toledo Scott's Trey Brown (50) and Bryson Collins (30). (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Otsego’s boys basketball team made too many mistakes against a quick and athletic Toledo Scott squad Wednesday.
The Knights fell to the Bulldogs 67-40 at BGSU’s Stroh Center in a Division II district semifinal game. PHOTO GALLERY
Otsego, the Northern Buckeye Conference champion, ended its season 20-5. Scott (13-9) advanced to the district final Saturday at the Stroh against Sandusky Perkins (20-5).
The Knights began the game on a 7-2 run, but the lead was short-lived. The Bulldogs fought back and went on an 8-0 run to end the quarter. Scott extended its lead to 19 points midway through the second quarter, but Otsego was able to cut the lead to 12 by halftime after an 8-1 run to conclude the second.
Otsego pulled within eight with 4:30 left to go in the third quarter on a John Thomas bucket and foul. But that is as close as the Knights would come.
“We had a hard time making plays with their athleticism,” said Otsego coach Jim Bostdorff. “They are the most athletic team we have faced all year.”
Otsego succumbed to the Bulldogs’ pressure defense and struggled to break the press. Otsego committed 21 turnovers to Scott’s five.
“We were just really sloppy with the basketball,” Bostdorff said.
A.C. Limes had a team-high 13 points for Otsego. Jerome Griffin added nine points and Thomas had eight points and 11 rebounds.
Scott’s Chris Harris led all scorers with 28 points and nine steals. Teammate Bryson Collins had 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Scott pushed the game’s tempo and earned several layups on the fast break.
“We definitely like to run,” said Scott coach Chris Dames. “We would rather score 80 points than 50.”
But it was defense that won the game, Dames said.
“The game changer was (Harris’) defense. His long arms got in the passing lanes and I think that rattled them,” Dames said.
After trailing by as many as 19, it seemed as though Otsego was starting to climb its way back into the game in the third quarter. Jalen Myers came off the bench and hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 33-24. The teams went basket-for-basket before Thomas completed an old-fashioned three-point play to cut the lead to 37-29 with 4:30 left in the third quarter.
But two free throws, a steal and layup by Harris quickly swelled the lead back to 12 at the 3:23 mark. The Bulldogs led 44-31 headed into the final eight minutes of play.
Scott’s defense then clamped down and held Otsego to just nine fourth-quarter points.
“We played hard. We battled back to get within eight and I thought we had a chance to hop back in it, but I don’t know if maybe we spent to much energy getting back,” Bostdorff said.
While disappointed with the loss, Bostdorff commended his team for its accomplishments this season. The Knights won the school’s first league championship in 12 years and the first sectional championship in seven years.
“I am proud of my seniors,” he said. “Great senior class. We will walk out of here with our heads held high.”

Smoyer, 1-1-0—5; Thomas, 3-2—8; Limes, 6-1—13; Rodgers, 1-0—2; Griffin, 3-1-0—9;  Miller, 0-0—0; Myers, 0-1-0—3; Downs, 0-0—0; Avers, 0-0—0; Hefflinger, 0-0—0; Horseman, 0-0—0. TOTALS: 14-3-3—40.
Richardson, 2-3—7; Collins, 6-2-0—18; Brown, 0-1—2; Harris, 7-2-8—28; Darrington, 3-3—9; Green, 0-1—1; Bogan, 1-0—2; Pratt, 0-0—0; Gilmer, 0-0—0; Brooks, 0-0—0; Wells, 0-0—0. TOTALS: 20-4-15—67.
OTSEGO    7    14    10    9    —40
SCOTT    15    18    11    23    —67


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