The Notre Dame Titans won a defensive affair Wednesday night over the Ironton St. Joesph Flyers, 40-27, which improved Notre Dame’s record to 15-3 on the season.
The Titans only managed to score 20 points in the first half but held the Flyers to 13 points going into the intermission. Notre Dame coach Matt Mader was pleased with his team’s defensive performance, especially after the last contest that saw the Titans allow a season high 57 points to arch rival Clay.
“After Friday night, giving up 57, we really worked on getting back to basics and focusing more on the defensive end,” Mader said. “We contested a lot of shots, we blocked out and we rebounded the ball well. They’ve beaten some good teams and they have good three-point shooters, we did a good job defensively.”
After struggling to defend the Panthers, Mader realized his squad had gotten away from their calling card, a mistake that Notre Dame was determined to correct.
“We just got back to fundamentals,” Mader said. “We got away from some of our drills that made us successful. We went back to some drills that we did early on. Tonight, we guarded the basketball and we kept it out of paint. We needed to get back to doing what we do and tonight we imposed our will and did a nice job.”
Daniel Ogg led the Titans with a double-double as he scored 15 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. No other Titans player scored more than eight points but at the end, Notre Dame found enough offensive to help their stingy defense pull out the victory.
“Offensively, in the first quarter, we did a nice job of getting the ball inside and we worked inside out,” Mader said. “In the second quarter, we went away from that a little bit. We weren’t consistently getting the ball inside. We needed to keep going inside and out. We forced shots and took some quick shots.”
The gameplan for the Titans was to feature the post, early and often, which is something Mader learned after playing the Flyers earlier in the season.
“We didn’t do a nice job of post feed in the first game,” Mader said. “Tonight, we thought we would have an advantage on the block with Daniel (Ogg). We worked on our timing and post feed, and give our kids credit, we got good position on the blocks and our kids fed the post.”
Notre Dame will return to the hardwood Friday as Symmes Valley pays a visit to Portsmouth. The Titans will have to match the Vikings physicality if they want to win their 16th game of the season.
“Anytime you play Symmes Valley, they are a very physical team,” Mader said. “They have some athletic kids that can put the ball on the floor. It’s going to be a tough battle, another conference battle. They are fighting for the lead in the conference and I expect it to be a huge game.”
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Notre Dame 13 4 7 16 — 40
Ironton St. Joesph 6 7 4 10 — 27
Notre Dame —D. Smith 2-1-5, Kayser 3-0-6, Haney 2-0-4, Turner 1-0-2, C. Smith 3-2-8, Ogg 7-1-15. Totals 18-4-40.
Ironton St. Joesph —Pemberton 2-0-5, Goheen 4-2-10, Lewis 1-0-2, Scott 4-0-8, McDonald 1-0-2. Totals 12-2-27.
3-point field goals — Notre Dame 0; Ironton St. Joesph 1 (Pemberton)
Records — Notre Dame 15-3 (10-2); Ironton St. Joesph N/A