(3-11-19) The Coldwater Cavaliers (17-9) continue to surprise many after their 70-67 District title win over state ranked and Western Buckeye League Champion Ottawa-Glandorf.

Titan Head Basketball Coach Tyson McLaughlin summed it all up in just one statement to the Lima News after the game:

It seems Coldwater might be a team of destiny.

An so the “Magical Mystery Tour’ continues for the Cavs who started the tournament with a 13-9 record and now have reeled off four consecutive wins.

In the win over O-G Coldwater was 23-of-47 shots from the floor for 48.9 %, including 50% from the 3-point line on 12-of-24 made from behind the arc. Cole Frilling had a double-double with  23 points and 10 rebounds, Marcus Bruns added 18 points  and Jacob Wenning pitched in with 15.

O-G Head Coach Tyson McLaughlin told the Lima News after the game:

“It was a great high school basketball game. We made some plays; they just made more than we did. They had an answer for everything we did. You can always second-guess things — if we could have made that one shot or gotten that one rebound — but we played hard and played well. So did Coldwater; they made one more play than we did. We didn’t expect them to hit 12 3-pointers today; give them credit.”

Coldwater ‘s win over O-G comes after the Cavs knocked off unbeaten and #1 state ranked Archbold (23-1) 35-34 in the D III District semifinal game Thursday night at Lima Senior.

How they advanced…

Coldwater seeded 5th at Lima Senior District
#8 seed Paulding 67-52
#4 seed Van Buren 58-44
#1 seed Archbold 35-34
#2 seed Ottawa-Glandorf 70-67

Coldwater moves on to the Bowling Green Regionals to play Willard, a 60-36 winner over Upper Sandusky, at 8 p.m. Thursday at Bowling Green State University’s Stroh Center.

Willard (22-3) handled #2 seed Upper Sandusky in the District finals with a 60-36 win. The win gave the Crimson Flashes their 17 straight win and their first district title since 2006.

The Flashes were led in the win by Davon Triplett (20 points), Cooper Parrott (17 points, including three 3’s) and Terry Baldridge (12 points) who combined for 49 points and 29 rebounds.

The tournament win  was a little bit of a revenge win for the Flashes after Upper Sandusky beat Willard in the season’s opening game 83-59 back on November 30th in Willard

Willard Head Coach Joe Bedingfield told the Norwalk Reflector after the game:

“Our length bothered them. I know they might not have shot it as well as they normally do, but I thought our kids did an excellent job of not allowing them to get a bunch of points.”

0	Cole Weiss		PF, SF	Fr.			
00	Caden Flores		PG, SG	Jr.	6-1	175	
1	Jerrett Sowers		PF	Sr.			
2	Brevon Polachek		PG, SG	Sr.	5-11	160	
3	Terry Baldridge, Jr.	PG, SG	Jr.	6-5		
10	Myles Pinkston		SG, PG	So.	6-2	165	
15	Trey Paxton		PG, SG	Fr.	6-1	165	
20	Austin Adelman		PF, SF	So.	6-0		
20	Hayden Meisner			So.	5-6	120	
24	Davon Triplett		PG	Sr.	6-6	225	
30	Jerett Sowers		SG, SF	Sr.	6-2	185	
33	Micah Dawson		PF, C	So.	6-2		
33	Cooper Parrott			Jr.	6-3	180

How they advanced…

Willard seeded 1st at Norwalk District
#11 seed – Ashland Crestview 74-39
#4 seed – Carey 64-59
#2 seed – Upper Sandusky 60-36

Mercer County Connection In The Other Regional Game…

Don’t be surprised if you see Mercer County fans in attendance for the first Regional game.

St. Henry great Jim Lachey’s son Luke is leading the way for Grandview Heights (19-6), who will play Cardinal Stritch in the first game at Bowling Green in the other D III semifinal. The Bobcats beat Johnstown 54-49 at the Columbus Convention Center District Final.

Luke Lachey (6’6 Jr.) had a game high 20 points and told thisweeknews.com :

“We just stuck our biggest guys on their biggest guys and we played hard the whole time. We had to make sure we doubled-down on Owen (Hazelbaker ) and make him work for everything.”