Thursday, April 24, 2014

'Little things' add up for Cyclones

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 1/17/2014

The Ottawa and Eudora boys high school basketball teams raced up and down the floor in the first half Friday night in Ottawa.

It was an entertaining game. The two teams combined for 16 treys in the first half.

The Ottawa and Eudora boys high school basketball teams raced up and down the floor in the first half Friday night in Ottawa.

It was an entertaining game. The two teams combined for 16 treys in the first half.

Usually the first one to blink comes out the loser. This time it was Ottawa. The Cyclones fell to the Cardinals, 75-65.

“We got tired,” Ottawa coach Cliff McCullough said. “We expended so much energy right out of the gate. We started taking the defensive end off. It was a very frantic pace. It was who got tired first. We did. We were flat. Could not shoot.

“The better conditioned team plays a lot better in the fourth quarter.”

The Ballock brothers made Ottawa pay. Senior Andrew fired in 25 points and freshman Mitchell tossed in 20.

“They are tough to handle,” McCullough said. “It takes the entire team to shut them down or at least limit what they do. I don’t think as a team we were very good at doing that. We had way too many breakdowns.”

This was Ottawa’s second loss in three games.

“It is hard going 1-2 in these three games,” McCullough said. “I don’t know how mentally tough we are right now. We are not doing the little things we need to do. The little things add up. We don’t have people in the right places. We are unsure. I don’t feel like we rose to the challenge.”

Ottawa had an eight-point lead in the first half, but it quickly melted away. Eudora roared past Ottawa for a 40-36 halftime lead.

“We were back on our heels,” McCullough said.

Ottawa freshman Isaac McCullough led the Cyclones with 22 points. Quentin Blaue netted 16. Cole Bunce had 10.

Ottawa (5-2, 3-2) plays 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Basehor-Linwood Tournament against Pembroke Hill.

Eudora (75) — M. Ballock 20, A. Ballock 25, Downing 9, Shockley 4, Byrne 14, Elston 3.

Ottawa (65) — McCullough 22, Bunce 10, Blaue 16, Smith 6, T. Jung 2, Matney 9.

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