BASKETBALL: Titans tame Wapak

One player, two minutes, nine points.

Michael Rosebrock scored nine unanswered points in a 12-0 third-quarter run to lift the Ottawa-Glandorf Titans to a 52-34 win over the Wapakoneta Redskins in a Western Buckeye League varsity boys basketball game Friday night at Wapakoneta High School.

With the score tied at 22-22 early in the second half, Rosebrook broke loose cutting to the basket, grabbing a pair of field goals and converting five of six from the free throw line to make it a 31-22 Titans lead midway through the third quarter.

Then O-G’s Matthew Kaufman capped the run with a 3-pointer from the left wing as the Titans seized control of the momentum and the game.

“He’s kind of a microcosm of the game,” Wapak varsity coach Matt Bradley said. “He was just a lot more physical and a lot tougher than we were tonight.”

The 6-foot-4 Rosebrook finished with 11 points in the quarter — all in the first four minutes — on his way to a game-high 22 points. He was 6-of-8 (75 percent) from the floor and 10-of-12 (83 percent) from the free throw line.

“They were playing us man throughout the game,” O-G varsity coach Tyson McGlaughlin said. “But basically, the way we looked at it, was like a zone with the way they were switching everything (off of screens). ... We wanted to find ways to isolate him, and hopefully against one of their guards.”

Said Bradley, “We’ve still got to have back-side help on a situation like that and see ball and man.”

O-G clinched the game at the free throw line, converting 12 of 13 attempts in the fourth quarter and 20 of 27 (74 percent) for the game.

Both teams had 14 field goals. But the Titans shot 27 free throws to just two for Wapak.

“That just shows the difference between the two teams,” Bradley said. “They’re a lot tougher, stronger, more physical than we are right now. That’s why they won.”

O-G led almost the entire first half. The Titans led 10-8 after eight minutes thanks to seven first-quarter points by Rosebrook.

The Redskins took a brief 13-12 lead thanks to a Travis Bertram 3-pointer and a Jake Buzzard reverse layup off a nice dish from Kaleb Vondenhuevel.

But O-G got back-to-back 3-pointers from T.J. Metzger and Caleb Siefker to retake the lead at 18-13. The Titans’ lead was 20-15 at the break.

After the third-quarter run, Wapak would not mount another serious challenge.

The Redskins struggled shooting the ball. They were 14-of-42 (33 percent) from the floor, including 5-of-17 (29 percent) on 3-pointers.

Exacerbating the situation, Wapak had just four offensive rebounds for the game as shooters failed to follow their shots.

O-G outrebounded the Redskins 23-15 overall.

“Part of that is we still settle for jump shots rather than try to get it inside,” Bradley said. “Whether that’s on a back-door, on a post up, we’ve got to get the ball inside. We attempted the majority of our shots from about 15 feet and out tonight. That’s why we don’t get to the free throw line.”

Bertram lead the Redskins with 14 points on 6-of-14 shooting (43 percent) and pulled down a team-high seven rebounds. Buzzard added 10 points on 4-of-10 (40 percent) shooting. Alex Greve scored four points.

“We wanted to keep their three — Greve, Buzzard and Bertram — to 28,” McGlaughlin said. “Our guys looked at us like we were crazy. But that’s what we wanted to do. And they had 28 on the dot.”

The Redskins return to action at 6 p.m. tonight in a non-league home game against the Minster Wildcats.

In the junior varsity game, O-G held off a fourth-quarter rally to pull out a 44-40 win.

Adam Henderson led the Redskins with 14 points, including two 3-pointers. Brandon Erb added 10 points with a pair of threes.