Monday, April 21, 2014

OHS boys loss snaps 36-game streak

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 1/10/2014

The Ottawa High School boys could not get a stop in the final minute of overtime Friday in Ottawa.

The lead changed hands four times during that span between the Cyclones and Paola. The final lead change was a dagger.

The Ottawa High School boys could not get a stop in the final minute of overtime Friday in Ottawa.

The lead changed hands four times during that span between the Cyclones and Paola. The final lead change was a dagger.

Paola’s Cayman Long hit a layup with 1.7 seconds left to lift the Panthers to a 65-64 win over the Cyclones.

“They hit big shots offensively when we needed big shots,” Ottawa coach Cliff McCullough said. “We did not make the big play defensively when we needed to. We have a lot of basketball left.

“They should not like the taste in their mouth right now. We have to get better defensively. We have to stop teams. We made some bad decisions and gave the ball back to them. They capitalized on it. They made one more play than we did. The last play.”

The last minute flurry began with Cole Bunce hitting a trey with 55 seconds remaining in overtime to give Ottawa a 61-60 lead. Long banged home a trey with 31 seconds left to give Paola a 63-61 lead.

Quentin Blaue hit an off-balance trey from the baseline at the eight-second mark as Ottawa retook the lead at 64-63.

Then Long’s shot sealed it for Paola.

“It was big offensive production,” McCullough said. “That is not who we want to be. We want to be the team that can get that [big] stop. It can only be a learning experience. We move on. We try to get better. We got a really good game on Tuesday and Friday.”

McCullough liked how the boys responded to the pressure situations.

“We know offensively we are capable of doing that,” McCullough said. “It was nice to see with a little pressure on us.”

Paola had a height advantage inside on Ottawa and took advantage. Mason McDow had 24 points, and Long finished with 22.

“We just did not execute,” McCullough said. “They flashed in front of us. We let them. We did not make it difficult on them.”

Isaac McCullough led Ottawa with 20 points. Tyler Smith tossed in 16. Blaue had 11 and Bunce, 10.

comments powered by Disqus