(3-8-19) This week’s D II District semifinal boys basketball game between Van Wert and Defiance at Ohio Northern University might give those who want a shot clock in Ohio a basis for defending their side of the argument.

Van Wert Head Coach Mark Bagley told the Times-Bulletin after the game:

“I told the guys if we win one to nothing I don’t care, in tournament time you survive and advance.”

The Cougars would control the ball several times for two minutes or more during crucial times in their OT win over the Bulldogs 27-25.


Depending on who you ask after this match-up you might see two different opinions emerge.

In several states the shot clock is already used,  but the change has come slowly. During tournament time the ‘mercy rule’ is used in games that are blow outs, so that is one recent change Ohio has embraced. Should the shot clock be next?

Looking at the box score below you can see that Van Wert took full advantage of slowing down the game to perfection, the reward they will play Shawnee for a District title and a chance to move on. For Defiance the season came to a sudden end. Not helping Defiance during the night they shot just 22.4% from the field on a 11 of 49, that didn’t help their cause in the loss.

But when it came to ‘crunch time’ the Cougars put the ball in the ‘deep freeze’.  This game may not speed up the addition of the shot clock in Ohio…but it keeps the debate alive.


VW box score vs Defiance