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Cyclone boys show maturity, depth in win

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 12/7/2013

The Ottawa High School boys basketball team looked like a veteran team in the fourth quarter.

The Cyclones were down 49-46 early in the final quarter and turned the game around with a gritty effort. Ottawa went on an 11-0 spurt and came away with a 65-58 victory.

The Ottawa High School boys basketball team looked like a veteran team in the fourth quarter.

The Cyclones were down 49-46 early in the final quarter and turned the game around with a gritty effort. Ottawa went on an 11-0 spurt and came away with a 65-58 victory.

“They played like a veteran team,” Ottawa coach Cliff McCullough said. “Nothing really affected them. They played grown up. That is a great thing to see.

“Especially out of an inexperienced team. It goes to show you their preparation through the freshman and JV program ... what they do in summer carries over.”

Ottawa went from being down 49-46 to a 58-49 lead with 2:21 left in the game. Ottawa hit its free throws in the final 40 seconds to seal the victory, which was the first in the McCullough era.

“They never got rattled,” McCullough said. “That was the most impressive thing. They played beyond their years of experience.”

This Ottawa team had two players with any varsity time from last year. The rest were either in middle school or played junior varsity.

“It is a gritty group of kids that is going to be undersized every time they go out,” McCullough said. “They will put up a fight.”

Ottawa showed it has depth with 11 players seeing action.

“We are going to have to wear teams down,” McCullough said.

Ottawa showed it can score.

“We had a pretty good second half,” McCullough said. “It was good to see we got into the 60s. We have people that can score. My questionmarks were on defense.”

Ottawa played with high expectations. Last year’s team set the bar high.

“It is good pressure,” McCullough said. “Those expectations is what makes us who we are. We want that expectation of being the team to beat. We want our student body and community to expect us to win games.”

Freshman Isaac McCullough led Ottawa with 22 points. Junior Quentin Blaue had 13 points. Junior Tyler Smith fnished with 10.

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