BOWLING GREEN — It wasn’t the ending Colonel Crawford senior Jordan Fenner and his classmates hoped for, but the journey was one the talented senior class will never forget.
Ottawa-Glandorf’s Brennen Blevins scored 23 points and the Titans brought an end to Colonel Crawford’s season with a 66-34 win in the Division III regional semifinals inside a largely empty Stroh Center on the campus of Bowling Green State University.
“My three captains, (seniors) Jordan Fenner, Gavin Feichtner and Reis Walker, have 81 wins in four years,” Colonel Crawford coach Dave Sheldon said. “There’s nothing to be ashamed of. This is so hard to get to.
“It’s a special, special class. To have three four-year lettermen, you never have that. It’s been a heck of a ride with these guys.”
The game was played in front of a few hundred fans instead of the thousands that normally would have crowded into the 4,700-seat venue. The Ohio High School Athletic Association, in an effort to slow the rapidly-advancing coronavirus and acting on Governor Mike DeWine’s Tuesday recommendation to limit spectators at indoor sporting events, announced late Tuesday that only immediate family of players and cheerleaders would be permitted inside the facility.
“It’s too bad for our community, this whole situation, but you’ve got to deal with it,” Colonel Crawford coach Dave Sheldon said. “It’s a sad situation going in our world and it’s put the OHSAA in a very tough spot. I feel for (OHSAA executive director) Jerry Snodgrass and their office down there.
“I feel bad for my kids not to experience the full thing. We would have brought about 800 and Putnam County (home of Ottawa-Glandorf High School) would have brought about 4,000 tonight.”
The Titans (25-1), who were ranked second in Division III in the final Associated Press state poll, looked like a team that could challenge for a state title. Ottawa-Glandorf led 20-9 after one quarter and outscored the Eagles (23-4) 41-20 in the second half to win going away.
“I’m just really proud of our guys, the way they came out,” O-G coach Tyson McGlaughlin said. “The last 24 hours have been pretty chaotic. It’s shows a lot about our kids, their mindsets and the way their built, to come out tonight and put on the show they did.”
The Eagles were still within striking distance at the half despite the sluggish first quarter. The Titans led 25-14 at the intermission.
“I said, ‘Guys we got it right where we want it, four or five possessions,’ ” Sheldon said. “We just had to have it at 10 going into the fourth. In the third quarter we let it get away.”
O-G opened the third on a 10-1 run and took a 35-15 lead on the second of Blevins’ back-to-back 3-pointers with 4:13 remaining in the period. Blevins would connect on his fourth of five treys as time expired in the third, giving the Titans a commanding 47-21 lead.
“He’s as good of a shooter, in the state of Ohio, as there is,” McGlaughlin said. “If he gets a little bit of time and he gets a rhythm, it doesn’t matter where he’s at.”
The Titans connected on 26 of 48 field goal attempts, including 10 of 20 treys. Crawford was limited to 11 of 34 shooting.
“We thought … if we we were good with our feet and positioning, we could wall up and give them some problems,” McGlaughlin said. “We thought if we just contained penetration … we would have some success.”
Fenner and Feichtner led Crawford with seven points apiece. Walker, Mason Studer and Carter Valentine each had four.
“It’s just tough losing your last game of high school,” Fenner said.