Thursday, April 24, 2014

Cyclone boys pull ahead in Frontier League race

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 2/22/2014

The Ottawa High School boys basketball team is in prime position to win another Frontier League crown.

The Cyclones gained a game lead with two to play Friday with a 52-40 win over third-ranked Baldwin in Ottawa. The Cyclones have handed the Bulldogs two of their three losses.

The Ottawa High School boys basketball team is in prime position to win another Frontier League crown.

The Cyclones gained a game lead with two to play Friday with a 52-40 win over third-ranked Baldwin in Ottawa. The Cyclones have handed the Bulldogs two of their three losses.

“We are at the top of the league,” Ottawa coach Cliff McCullough said. “It is something we strive for. We are in the driver’s seat now. It is up to us what we do with it.”

Ottawa is starting to round into top form as the season rolls to a climatic finish. Ottawa swept Paola and Baldwin this week.

“It is that time of year when you need to be playing good,” McCullough said. “We have to with our schedule or we are going home losing. We have a couple more tests.”

Ottawa accomplished it with defense. The Cyclones stayed true to the game plan.

“You have to keep Cornell out of the paint,” McCullough said. “You have to cut off his dribble drive. Our defense was really good. You hold teams to 40, and you give yourself a great chance of winning. Our defense won this game.

“I did not expect anything different. I knew it would be a hard-nosed tough game. It is going to be physical. High emotional game. It is nice to take a team that is ranked and at the top of our league and sweep them. It is pretty sweet. ”

The offense came through with tough points. Quentin Blaue scored 17 of his 20 points in the first half.

“Quentin had an incredible first half,” McCullough said. “He kept us in it the entire first half. We kind of divided everything out in the second half. We are going to get some points somewhere.”

Ottawa (13-5, 8-2) has a big game Tuesday at Eudora. The Cardinals handled the Cyclones in the first game.

“We have work to do,” McCullough said. I want to see what we do when we are playing good defense. They are a tough matchup.”

Baldwin (40) — Fursman 9, Burton 6, Twombly 2, Berg 7, Brown 9, Barth 2, Craig 5.

Ottawa (52) — McCullough 13, Bunce 6, D. Jung 3, Blaue 20, Smith 2, Matney 6, Rich 2.

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