OAK HARBOR – When the recording of the National Anthem accidentally re-started at Oak Harbor at halftime of the Division III boys basketball sectional game between Otsego and Evergreen Wednesday, coach Jerry Keifer and his Vikings probably wished the entire game would restart as well.
That was because the Vikings committed 14 first half turnovers and had twice as many shots that didn’t draw iron as went through the hoop.
The combination of those created a 21-9 halftime deficit that turned into a 50-34 defeat at the hands of the Knights to end the Vikings season at 9-14.
Five of the seven first quarter turnovers led directly to all 11 Otsego points, including a pair of steal and scores from Parker Vollmar along with another by Will Varner.
Evergreen’s only answer came in the form of an Austin Blanton bucket from Phoenix VanOstrand at the 4:03 mark as the Vikes trailed 11-3 after eight minutes.
Otsego’s lead ballooned to 11, 18-7, on Luke Beach’s drive with 4:29 left in the half.
Bryce Hudik’s offensive rebound basket with just under two minutes left got the deficit within single digits but Varner struck from long range at the 1:45 mark to give Otsego a 12 point lead at intermission.
Nate Brighton’s triple with 6:15 on the clock in the third got Evergreen within seven at 21-14, but Vollmar again and again and a third time got to the rim for scores around a VanOstrand bucket to bump the Otsego lead back to 11.
Three-point baskets by Chandler Lumbrezer, then Teagen Pinkelman’s basket got Evergreen as close as they would get the rest of the night at 28-22 with 31 ticks left in the third. Then Vollmar converted a score off a steal off to give the Knights an eight point lead.
Varner’s third three-ball of the night with 6:04 left in the game got Otsego back up 12 at 37-25, and David Silva’s six straight points helped the Knights take their biggest lead at 46-29 with 3:15 left.
For the game, Otsego forced 21 Evergreen miscues and the Vikings shot just 12 for 44 compared to 14 Otsego mistakes and 19 for 46 shooting for the Knights.
Vollmar was high scorer for the game with 16 points while Varner added 11. Evergreen did not have a double figure scorer.
Reach Joe Blystone at firstname.lastname@example.org