Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

March 21, 2013

Ironton falls in Ohio semifinals


Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio — T.J. Metzger's free throw with 1.1 seconds left in overtime lifted Ottawa-Glandorf to a 61-60 victory against Ironton in the opening Division III semifinal at the boys state basketball tournament at Ohio State's Value City Arena on Thursday.

After his foul shot, Ironton turned the ball over with 0.1 seconds left and the Titans ran out the clock.

The Titans (25-3) play the Versailles-Leavittsburg LaBrae winner Saturday at 10:30 a.m. with a chance for their first title since 2008 and third overall.

Metzger, an Associated Press first team All-Ohio selection, had 25 points. But Ottawa-Glandorf needed a layup from Matt Kaufman with 0.9 seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime at 55-55.

Trey Fletcher had 27 points and 13 rebounds for Ironton.