Sunday, September 14, 2014

Cyclone boys searching for identity after victory

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 1/22/2014

BASEHOR — What is the identity of the Ottawa High School boys basketball team? That is the question of the OHS coaches after eight games.

Ottawa has shown it can light up the scoreboard and hit long-range bombs. The Cyclones — at times — have played solid defense, but not for long stretches.

BASEHOR — What is the identity of the Ottawa High School boys basketball team? That is the question of the OHS coaches after eight games.

Ottawa has shown it can light up the scoreboard and hit long-range bombs. The Cyclones — at times — have played solid defense, but not for long stretches.

The Cyclones did a lot of those same things in Tuesday’s 62-48 win over Pembroke Hill in the first round of the Bobcat Invitational in Basehor.

Ottawa (6-2) plays 4:30 p.m. today against Hayden (4-4). It is a matchup of two of the four teams in the 4A sub-state in Baldwin City.

Ottawa coach Cliff McCullough said this team is tough to read.

“The coaching staff is trying to figure out who we are,” McCullough said. “This is a tough group of kids to figure out. They show zero emotion.

“That is good or can be bad. It is great they don’t show any crack or distress in pressure situations.

“Defensively we need to learn to be a little more tougher or little more hard-nosed. That is something we have to figure out the next several weeks. I don’t know if we can. They may be who they are.”

Ottawa got off to a great start building an 18-3 lead and led 25-6 early in the second quarter.

Pembroke Hill went on a 13-4 spurt to close within 29-19 late in the first half.

“They have to get that killer instinct,” McCullough said. “They have to learn when we get teams down 20-6 we have to put it away.”

Curtis Lewis shot the Raiders within 46-42 late in the third quarter. He tossed in 12 of his 17 points in the quarter.

Ottawa then turned it back on to gain control of the game to start the fourth quarter.

“We can offensively,” McCullough said. “We lose focus and go through the motions at times.

“We have to learn to play for 32 minutes. We have to learn to sustain throughout the whole game.”

Ottawa did not settle for the outside shot and was aggressive taking the ball inside the paint.

“We stressed after the Eudora game to attack the basket offensively,” McCullough said. “We wanted to get Quentin and Isaac to the basket more. We did that. That will make us better.

“We were too one-dimensional. We were relying on the outside shot. We have to break that mold.

“We have to become multi-dimensional. These guys can shoot. We have to have scores in the paint.”

Isaac McCullough led Ottawa with 23 points. Tyler Smith tossed in 15.

Pembroke Hill (48) — Larsen 2, Mian 10, Mueller 12, Lewis 17, Keane 7.

Ottawa (62) — McCullough 23, Bunce 7, D. Jung 4, Blaue 7, Smith 15, Matney 2, A. Stepp 2.

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