Green Bears Claim Another District Title

The Ottawa Hills boys basketball team raced to the Toledo Area Athletic Conference (TAAC) title and made a surprising run to the Division III regional finals in 2015-16.

The Green Bears, coached by John Lindsay, fell to eventual state champion Lima Central Catholic, 54-29, in the regional finals at Bowling Green State University's Stroh Center. The top-ranked Thunderbirds went on to finish 28-1 and defeated eighth-ranked Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph 66-44 in the state championship game.

Ottawa Hills (22-4, 15-1 TAAC) advanced to the district title game for the sixth time in seven years, and reached the regional tourney for the fourth time in the past seven years.

The Bears reached the regional tournament following a 43-34 win over Otsego in the district semifinals and a suffocating 44-30 victory over a young Genoa squad in the district championship game at Central Catholic High School.

Senior guard Logan Crider had a game-high 17 points in the win over Otsego, while Crider and junior guard Hunter Sieben scored 15 points apiece against Genoa, which was outscored 22-13 in the second half.

Ottawa Hills defeated Liberty-Benton (20-6), 55-45, in the regional semifinals. The Bears, who defeated L-B, 65-48, during the regular season, advanced to the regional finals to face Lima Central Catholic, last year's state runner-up.

The Bears shot just 31 percent from the floor against the Thunderbirds. No one scored in double figures for Ottawa Hills, which got eight points from Crider and six from 6-foot-5 junior center Peter Roman.

"It was fun making it to the regional finals," senior point guard Michael Denner said. "I did it my freshman year. This was a good season and one I will always remember."

Sieben and Crider were both named first-team All-TAAC this season, with Sieben taking home the TAAC Player of the Year award. Lindsay was named the coach of the year in the conference.

The rest of the team included senior center Garrett Robinson, junior guards Brett Hoffman and Dominic Adduci, sophomore guards Ben Werner, Jack Werner, Peter Boice, and Michael Helgren, and freshman guards James Silk, Tommy Coil, and Bennet Hecklinger.

The assistant coaches were Tim Reiser, Brooks Spies, and Mike Boaden.

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