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OHS boys roll out quick offense

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 12/18/2013

TOPEKA — These are the games players thrive in and coaches are driven crazy.

The Ottawa and Topeka West boys put on a show Tuesday night in Topeka. The Cyclones eventually outscored Topeka West for an 86-78 victory.

TOPEKA — These are the games players thrive in and coaches are driven crazy.

The Ottawa and Topeka West boys put on a show Tuesday night in Topeka. The Cyclones eventually outscored Topeka West for an 86-78 victory.

“These are the type of games we like,” Ottawa junior Quentin Blaue said. “We like to run and gun. We are kind of small, but we can run. It was fun.”

For Ottawa coach Cliff McCullough, he was hoarse and wrung out.

“We knew they were tough,” McCullough said. “They have so many athletes. It was a great test for us the second game in.

“We had to work our tails off to get the win. It was similar to St. James. We made plays down at the end. We hit free throws when we needed to hit free throws.”

Both teams played at a quick pace and shot it well. Ottawa was 30 of 52 from the field, while Topeka West was 30 of 56.

“It was tough,” Blaue said. “Every time we would score a few buckets they would answer. That was good for us.”

Finally Ottawa’s defense turned the tide in the fourth quarter. Ottawa led 64-63 and used a quick 6-0 run for a 70-63 lead. Ottawa later extended the lead to 78-68 with 2:30 remaining.

“We did confuse them by switching up our defenses,” McCullough said. “It is a testament to these guys because we did not practice that. We practiced a little bit of zone. We have been working on the 1-3-1. We did not work on switching and bouncing in and out of them. They did it to perfection. They were standing and holding the ball not knowing what to do.”

Ottawa (2-0) was down by eight on several occasions.

“We started out kind of rough,” Blaue, who had 21 points, said. “We had a good comeback in the second half. We started making shots. We got a few steals that led to fastbreak points.

“We did not give up. We kept a positive attitude.”

McCullough learned a lot from the Cyclones in the first two games.

“We can play fast,” he said. “We can play a half-court game like against St. James. All of those things are great things to see from our guys.

“We have a lot of shooters.”

Ottawa was led by Cole Bunce with 22 points.

Topeka West (78) — Vaughn 29, Malone 4, Galvan 13, Hugghins 18, Myers 13, Reynolds 2.

Ottawa (86) — McCullough 19, Bunce 22, D. Jung 4, Blaue 21, Smith 10, Matney 3, T. Jung 7.

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