Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Eudora takes the fight out of the Ottawa boys

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 2/26/2014

EUDORA — The Ottawa High School boys basketball team did not put up much of a fight in its 63-47 loss Tuesday to third-ranked Eudora in Eudora.

“We played scared,” Ottawa coach Cliff McCullough said. “What is so disappointing is that we did not rise to the challenge. If we do that and not rise to the challenge when somebody just punches you in the mouth, it is going to be a short postseason for us.

EUDORA — The Ottawa High School boys basketball team did not put up much of a fight in its 63-47 loss Tuesday to third-ranked Eudora in Eudora.

“We played scared,” Ottawa coach Cliff McCullough said. “What is so disappointing is that we did not rise to the challenge. If we do that and not rise to the challenge when somebody just punches you in the mouth, it is going to be a short postseason for us.

“We kept letting them punch us right down our throats.”

Eudora took the steam out of Ottawa with a 15-0 run in the second quarter. The Cardinals fired in four treys in that run to extend a 17-15 lead to 32-15 with a minute left in the first half.

“We did nothing,” McCullough said. “We let them penetrate and dump and hit open shots. They did what they wanted to do. We did nothing to attempt to stop them.

“They are good. They were so much better than us.”

Eudora’s defense took away Ottawa’s strengths.

“They did a great job defensively on us,” McCullough said. “They took away our lanes. They were playing great in the gaps.

“They did not allow us to do anything. We were standing around and watching. I am so afraid we will run into teams like that down the road. They will take Quentin away. They will take their best two people and put them on Isaac and Quentin. You other guys have opportunities. We laid an egg. Games are starting to get tougher and tougher now.”

Eudora built a 22-point lead at 63-41 late in the game.

Ottawa (13-6, 8-3) closes the regular season Friday at Spring Hill and opens sub-state a week from Friday in Baldwin against Hayden. Ottawa topped the Wildcats, 62-54, in the Bobcat Classic.

Ottawa has won its sub-state six straight years and played in 13 straight sub-state championship games. Ottawa has advanced to the sub-state title game 15 of the past 18 years.

Eudora (63) — A. Ballock 9, M. Ballock 25, Scroggins 3, Downing 12, Shockley 6, Wray 2, Elston 3, Wellman 3.

Ottawa (47) — McCullough 10, Bunce 4, D. Jung 2, Blaue 14, Smith 8, T. Jung 7, C. Stepp 2.

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