Ottawa-Glandorf's Noah Bramlage (31) puts up a shot in the Titans game with Celina Friday night.
CELINA - Ottawa-Glandorf boys basketball team experienced their first close game of the season Friday night.
The Titans and Celina were seperated by one point at halftime, with the lead belonging to Celina 31-30. The third quarter saw O-G pick up the pace and when Celina committed a couple of turnovers that led to points for the Titans they were able to build a lead the Bulldogs were unable to overcome in a 71-63 O-G win in the Western Buckeye League opener for both teams.
The Bulldogs (1-3) took a 31-30 into halftime as they scored the final four points of the second quarter. The two teams traded baskets to start the third quarter before O-G started to pull away.
TJ Metzger gave O-G (3-0) the lead for good with a three-pointer from the right wing. On their next two trips down the floor Celina turned the ball over that led to fastbreak points for Michael Rosebrock and Matthew Kaufman. Celina was able to keep within shouting distance as a Braden Billger basket had the Bulldogs within 45-39. O-G responded with three straight baskets as Rosebrock scored twice on two short range jumpers before Noah Bramlage grabbed a rebound and scored giving the Titans a 51-39 lead.
Celina pulled within seven points with a 5-0 run before Rosebrock converted a three point play that was matched by Billger for Celina as he drained a three-pointer. Baskets by Caleb Siefker and Rosebrock pushed the O-G lead back to 11 before Celina ended the third quarter with two free throws by Ryan Hoyng.
O-G had an 11 point lead early in the fourth quarter as Bramlage converted a three point play. The Bulldogs kept clawing back as they pulled within five points three times in the final quarter, the final time being at 68-63 on a basket by Matt Buschur. The Titans sealed the win at the free throw as Metzger hit one and Bramlage finished the scoring by draining two free throws.
Bramlage, a 6-7 sophomore, had a big night for the Titans with 31 points and 10 rebounds. At one point in the second quarter Bramlage scored nine straight points for O-G, which included a three-pointer. Rosebrock added 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds, while Metger had nine points as just five O-G players scored in the game. Siefker and Kaufman both had six points.
Billger led the Bulldogs with 20 points, Aric Fickert had 13 points and Hoyng had 11.
O-G won the junior varsity game 52-36.