Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Braves fight off Bethel's upset bid

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 12/16/2013

Another upset by Bethel was in the offing. The Threshers have not won a game since last February’s 89-87 win over Ottawa.

It was a stretch of 12 games. Bethel took an 82-81 lead on the Braves with 28 seconds left.

Another upset by Bethel was in the offing. The Threshers have not won a game since last February’s 89-87 win over Ottawa.

It was a stretch of 12 games. Bethel took an 82-81 lead on the Braves with 28 seconds left.

Ottawa needed a bucket. Julian Rose provided it on an offensive rebound and score with nine seconds left. Ottawa played stout defense and Bethel missed at the buzzer. Ottawa survived, winning 82-81.

“It was huge to get that win,” Ottawa coach Andy Carrier said. “We’ve been on the bad end of our shots not falling at key times ... people making some really tough shots.

“It does even out over time. Maybe this is start of a trend that we will get some of those breaks down the stretch.

“Our guys were not playing their best. Bethel was playing real well. Our guys stayed together and fought it to the end. They deserved to win the game.”

Bethel has been on an up tick.

“The last two or three games, they have been scoring the ball,” Carrier said. “We kind of let them get their head up in the first half. They upset us last year and walked in here full of confidence. They have good feelings playing here.

“We had our hands full. In the second half, we held their shooting percentage down a little bit. We got enough stops at key times to give ourselves a chance.”

Rose put the Braves on his back as he scored nine of the final 13 points.

He finished with 25 points and nine rebounds. It was his eighth 20-plus scoring game of the season.

“We got the ball into Julian’s hands two or three different ways,” Carrier said. “The senior really stepped up big. He’s our first choice. We have counters if people take him away.

“Kam stayed real aggressive.”

Kameron Lindsay netted 15 points, four assists and two steals.

“We have leaned on Julian and Kam,” Carrier said. “Kam is guarding the other team’s best player. He’s our primary ball handler at least half the time.

“He is somebody we rely on to score. He has had six or seven assist games ... rebound the basketball. He is the junior that has been here. He is just been great. He has been solid.”

Jason Haase gave Ottawa a lift off the bench with 15 points and 13 rebounds in 17 minutes.

“Jason Haase was huge not only scoring, but on the boards,” Carrier said. “It is a sign of a good basketball team when a different guy or two gives you a lift off the bench each night. We have had several guys. We are getting experience because we are so beat up. Some of these young guys are having to figure it out on the fly in some big moments in big games.”

Ottawa (6-7, 2-2) plays Tuesday at William Jewell.

Bethel (81) — Packard 5, Jones 14, Wright 11, Ellis 9, Ford 20, Smith 3, Hill 4, Kingsley 6, Hope 4, Canady 5.

Ottawa (82) — Falk 4, Lundry 9, Gant 8, Lindsay 15, Rose 25, Haase 15, Nichols 4, Regier 2.

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