Monday, April 21, 2014

Braves fall to high-powered Bethany

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 12/14/2013

Both teams were pushing the tempo. Bethany and Ottawa University men’s basketball teams played an entertaining game.

Bethany made a couple more plays than Ottawa Thursday in handing the Braves an 86-81 loss at Wilson Field House.

Both teams were pushing the tempo. Bethany and Ottawa University men’s basketball teams played an entertaining game.

Bethany made a couple more plays than Ottawa Thursday in handing the Braves an 86-81 loss at Wilson Field House.

“We did not like the outcome,” Ottawa coach Andy Carrier said. “They are high powered. They are so good at getting to the rim and free-throw line. We slowed them down a little bit. We tried to get the ball slowed down a little bit as a team.

“A few times we did not have enough guys in the paint. With the new rule changes, it is hard to keep them off the free-throw line once they get that deep in there.”

The game went back-and-forth with 13 ties and 14 lead changes. The final lead change came in the last minute when Bethany scored to take a 80-79 lead.

After an Ottawa missed shot, Bethany connected again for a 82-79 lead with 34 seconds left. Bethany hit two free throws with 16 seconds remaining for an 84-79 lead. Kameron Lindsay hit a shot with 10 seconds left to bring Ottawa within 84-81. Two free throws with 7.7 seconds left sealed it for the Swedes.

“We did a lot of things well,” Carrier said. “We played well offensively. At times, we got the ball inside. We should have thrown it in there more than we did.

“When you settle for quick early threes and miss them, it gives them opportunities to run.”

Carrier said the Braves have a lot of potential.

“There are things we can learn from this game,” Carrier said. “We got a bunch of guys that want to be successful. They are real coachable. Bethany had a couple of great individual performances. I like the team things we are doing. If we eliminate a few of these mistakes, we will start to win these games. That is when you know the corner is turned. You have to keep scratching and clawing.”

Ottawa played again without junior point guards Adam Hasty and Zach Brown. Eric Gant and Bryan Newton filled in nicely.

“Any of our three guards can start our offense,” Carrier said. “It really hurt our depth more. We got in a little foul trouble. That was a big factor.”

Sophomore center Alex Lundry controlled the paint with his 16 points, 13 rebounds and four blocked shots.

“The guys are looking for him,” Carrier said. “He is a factor on both ends. That is a good sign.

“Makes everything easier for your perimeter guys. They have to bring help in there. It opens up driving lanes.”

Mark Hatchett came off the bench to toss in six points in 11 minutes.

“Hatchett gave us a nice lift on both ends,” Carrier said. “We do have some depth on the frontline.”

Julian Rose paced Ottawa with 25 points, hitting big shots all game long. Lindsay finished with 13 points and four assists.

Ottawa (5-7, 1-2) plays 7 p.m. today at home against Bethel.

The game is listed as a road game, but the two teams switched home dates because Bethel’s floor is being replaced after this summer’s flood.

Bethany (86) — Idris 35, Coleman 9, Abad 5, Hawkins 30, Roybal 7.

Ottawa (81) — Falk 4, Lundry 16, Gant 5, Lindsay 13, Rose 25, Newton 4, Haase 4, Hatchett 6, Regier 4.

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