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Threes were a flyin'..........OG holds on vs. Bloom Carroll

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 11:11 AM

When Bloom-Carroll trailed by six in overtime, they turned to the 3-pointer.

Although Joey Schmitz hit back-to-back 3s to keep the team in the game, the Bulldogs early reliance on shooting from behind the arc contributed to their deficit and eventual 60-56 loss Saturday to Ottawa-Glandorf in overtime of a Division III regional final at the Stroh Center.

Bloom-Carroll attempted 28 shots from behind the arc, making just 10, and going just 2-of-7 in the extra period.

Bulldogs coach Tom Petty, however, did not blame his team for taking too many 3s.

We've shot 3s all year, he said. Usually size has hurt us more defensively than it has offensively because we are going to shoot our number of 3s no matter what.

The Titans started three players that were at least 6-foot-4-inches, and the superior length allowed them to sag off shooters but still contest shots.

As a result, Bloom-Carroll was willing to fire from deep and were less aggressive than usual. The Bulldogs attempted just four free throws against Ottawa-Glandorf after taking 22 shots from the line in a regional semifinal win.

"We always want to attack more," Petty said. "We needed to get to the foul line a little bit more."

Instead, almost 52 percent of Bloom-Carroll's shots came from behind the arc.

Schmitz, who hit four of his seven 3s and kept the Bulldogs in the game with overtime heroics, often was guarded by much taller players. Titans' 6-foot-7 Noah Bramlage used his height advantage to guard Schmitz for stretches, and 6-foot-4 Caleb Siefker camped out on Schmitz much of the night.

Despite his success from deep and the fact he was looking up at his defender all night, the junior put the blame on his shoulders.

"I just had an off night, I can make that shot any night," Schmitz said. "It just wasn't falling tonight."
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