On Saturday afternoon Ottawa-Glandorf High School hosted their first annual Winter Classic, with three games taking place.
In the first game of the day, Ottoville easily took care of Rogers by a final score of 100-31, with their senior standout Josh Thorbahn scoring 45 points in the game, breaking both the school’s all-time and single game scoring records.
In the second game of the day, Lima Shawnee delivered a special performance in more ways than one, taking care of a talented Trotwood-Madison team by a final score of 96-76. Shawnee senior standout George Mangas delivered a showing for the history books, finishing with 57 points in the win.
In the nightcap, the home team Ottawa-Glandorf handled visiting St. Francis out of Toledo by a final score of 62-44. We were not in attendance for this game.
Along with the pair of aforementioned record-breaking performances, the gym was filled with great enthusiasm, coaches, and talent. Here is who stood out:
2021 G/F Josh Thorbahn (Ottoville) – The lefty possesses one of the smoothest strokes of the basketball that you will see, and displayed that time and again on his way to a 45 point effort. Thorbahn not only scored it at a high clip, but was very efficient doing so, while moving the basketball, and creating opportunities for others. Really handled the game with a businesslike approach, played smart, and has a strong feel for the game. A better athlete than he probably gets credit for, he displayed his strength and foot speed on both ends of the court. He’s strong with the basketball, has a good handle, and is more than capable of bringing the ball up the floor. Is the prototypical prospect for the University of Findlay over the years, and will have great success there like his fellow Oilers from Northwest Ohio in recent memory.
2021 G/F George Mangas (Lima Shawnee) – Mangas has been getting buckets for years now, putting up big scoring numbers consistently, but this outing was the best yet with 57 points. Not only does he put up crazy numbers, but his team wins, as he and his teammates alike are bought into their brand of basketball. His basketball IQ is evident, outsmarting opponents for buckets on the block, in transition, or in drawing contact. Has a pure stroke from the outside, and is very savvy scoring it around the rim. Plays with good activity on defense, getting deflections, and causing turnovers with his size at 6’3″. Brings great intensity, swagger, and an edge every time he steps on the floor. Is being campaigned for in Ohio’s Mr. Basketball race and deservedly so. His recruitment is still open, and it will be interested to see what programs give him a chance, particularly at the D1 level.
2022 PG William Miller (Ottoville) – Had a really nice day in the shadows of his teammate’s scoring outburst. Can score it at a high level in his own right, knocking down open looks from the outside, and getting to the rim. Has a tight handle, capable of breaking pressure, and sees the floor well. Applies good ball pressure on the defensive side of the court, keeping his man in check. Has an old-school feel to his game, and was fun to watch.
2022 PG Brady Wheeler (Lima Shawnee) – Was already having a great junior season heading into this game, and only improved his stock from there. Did a really impressive job handling the Trotwood-Madison full court pressure with the ball in his hands. Pushes the pace, plays well in transition, and can really see the floor. Gets after it defensively and did so in this one, fights for loose balls, isn’t afraid to get on the floor. Shot the ball well from the outside, and was efficient in the opportunities he had. Right now is a small school college prospect, and a name to know.
2021 G Anthony McComb (Trotwood-Madison) – McComb brings good size, athleticism, and smarts to the floor from the guard position. Plays a mature brand of basketball, and did not get deterred during times of questionable officiating. Can get to the paint at will, shoot it off the dribble, and knock down triples from the perimeter with consistency. Defensively his length and quickness must be respected, and he’s not afraid to fight on the boards. Good outing from the senior on this afternoon.
Others who stood out: Nate Houston (Rogers), Austin Miller (Lima Shawnee), Tyson Elwer (Lima Shawnee), Courtney Blake (Trotwood-Madison).