Ottawa-Glandorf defeats Versailles, 67-46


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Of all the three pointers T.J. Metzger made, and there were a record-tying nine of them, the one with just under two minutes to play in the third quarter may have been the biggest for Ottawa-Glandorf.

Versailles had just run off seven straight points to pull to within 10 but Metzger stopped the threat and started the Titans on a 20-3 run that led to a 67-46 victory in the Division III final at the boys' state tournament at Ohio State's Value City Arena on Saturday.

Metzger tied the all-divisions record for three pointers in a championship game and equaled the Division III scoring record with 36 points before going to the bench with 2:06 remaining.

The Associated Press Division III first team All-Ohio selection was 11 for 17 from the floor, including 9 for 14 on three pointers, to tie the mark for treys set by Lima Senior's Demond Lyles in 1992.

He equaled the 36 points by J.T. Hoyng of Sparta Highland in 1998 as the Titans (26-3) won their first title since 2008 and third overall.

If that wasn't enough, he made all five free throws and hit treys at the buzzer to end the first and third quarters.

The game was better than he could have imagined.

"I have a basketball rim in my backyard," he said. "When I was seven I'd go to my brother, 'This is for the state championship right here.' Then I'd miss it. It was a different story today."

Kyle Ahrens had 12 points for Versailles (23-6), who matched its runner-up finish in 2004.

Metzger put on a spectacular shooting performance in the first half to lead Ottawa-Glandorf (26-3) to a 35-20 lead, outscoring the Tigers by six by himself.

"He was in a rhythm," Ottawa-Glandorf coach Tyson McGlaughlin said. "Feed the hot hand. There's no need to reinvent the wheel."

Metzger had 18 points in the first quarter when he hit 6 of 7 shots, including 5 for 6 from three-point range. He capped the period with a fade-away jumper as the clock reached zeroes for a 24-11 advantage.

It wasn't a bad start considering he averages 16.9 points per game.

"I didn't expect to come out that hot," Metzger said.

He kept it going in the second quarter despite sitting the final 68 seconds after picking up his second foul.

For the half, he was 8 for 10 from the floor while his teammates missed 10 of 13 shots. Metzger finished the first half with 7 three pointers in 9 tries as he connected from all areas around the arc.

"The kid shot tremendous," Versailles coach Scott McEldowney said. "We knew he was capable of shooting (that way). That was something you don't see very often."

Metzger had a quiet start to the third quarter but teammate Michael Rosebrock had six consecutive points to make it 43-26. That's when Versailles started a mini-rally, only to see Metzger re-emerge.