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The what if for LaBrae
March 23, 2013 - Dana Sulonen
If LaBrae would have defeated Versailles on Thursday to win their Division III state semifinal, they would have taken the court at 10:30 a.m. today in the Division III final.
Unfortunately for the Vikings, if they would have been in the final, I think the outcome would have been a loss -- because no one could have stopped Ottawa-Glandorf's TJ Metzger.
In the fourth quarter of the game, on two free throws, Metzger tied the single game Division III record for points scored in a game with 36. He was unable to get another bucket, and due to the difference in the score, Glandorf coach Tyson McGlaughlin pulled his starters with 1:30 left in the game. Glandorf won the Division III final by a score of 67-46. It was the team's third state championship.
On his way to that record, he also set the Division III record for most 3s in a state game (9) and most in two-games (13). The most in two games record is also the new bar for any division. On the day, Metzger was 9 of 14 from 3-point range and 11 of 17 from the field for his 36 points. He also grabbed seven rebounds.
Now, if the Vikings would have been here, who knows if the same outcome could have happened or if LaBrae could have posed more of a problem for Metzger. But Versailles is more than good basketball team -- as LaBrae found out -- with a few stud players and they had no answer for Metzger. You can't stop a hot shooter, no matter what you do.
LaBrae can still be proud of its accomplishment, but the "what if we won question" might be one best left unasked. Because it was in the stars that Saturday was going to be Ottawa-Glandorf's, and TJ Metzger's day.
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