While the state and nation watched the rise of LeBron James, the players from Ottawa-Glandorf High School saw enough of current NBA player in person, on the court, and in their dreams.
The Titans have become one of Ohio's top programs. Twins, Eric and Tim Pollitz may well be Ohio's most under-rated players. Tim the schools and Putnam County all-time leading scorer displays all the ability needed for college success. Eric, never in the shadow, has shown the hoop genes didn't stop with his brother. With this tandem, teams can never rest.
Over the past two seasons, the twins have made impressions on many who have seen their play. One of the best compliments came from the King himself. LeBron often commented on how tough the twins were over the past two seasons. While at Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, LeBron and company, would end the Titans dreams of State glory. Each time the two squared off, the Irish would advance and reach the championships games.
2004 was no different for the two teams, as they would meet again in the Regional Finals. This year would end different than the past. James, now in the NBA, would not be in the way and the Titans would come out 54-52.
Once in Columbus, the twins made sure they had a chance to fulfill the dreams of champions, with great play and leadership you expect to receive from seniors.
The long wait ended as the ball was thrown for the tip. It didn't take long before the Titans found their grove and worked on sending Northwest home disappointed.
In the first quarter, both schools would hit shots within the first minute. But at the 4:33 mark, the Titans would go ahead and never look back.
Canal Fulton Northwest would be held in check shooting 29.4% for the game. The Indians finished a great season with a record of 25-2. For the game, Vinnie Sette would score 12 points and Jared Haslar would account for 10.
O-G placed three players in double figures, Matt Fought (10), Tim Pollitz (18) and Eric Pollitz 21. Eric also pulled down 15 boards and shot 9-12 on the night.
The two teams played in front of the largest Non-LeBron crowd since moving the games to the Jerome Schottenstein Center in 1999. A sellout crowd listed at 18,200 saw the Titans live out their dreams and win the championship that's eluded them the past two seasons. Final, Ottawa-Glandorf 75 - Canal Fulton Northwest 42.