KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When the Ottawa High School boys basketball team gets dialed in to an opponent like it did Saturday the Cyclones are pretty lethal.
The Ottawa defense smothered Grandview, Mo., during its game in the Hy-Vee Shootout at Avila University in Kansas City, Mo.
Grandview was limited to 20 points in the final three quarters, shot 32 percent from the field and had 18 turnovers. The top-ranked Cyclones rolled to a 59-34 victory.
It was like night and day defensively from Friday’s night’s 62-57 win over De Soto where the Wildcats shot over 50 percent from the field.
“That felt like a basketball game,” Ottawa coach Jon McKowen said. “We finally got after somebody defensively. We played to the scout. Having a half-day turnaround is not easy. They watched film. It shows.”
Ottawa knew what Grandview was going to do because of the film work put in by the players.
“That is the advantage of watching film,” McKowen said. “They have bought in. The goal coming into the season was getting better at the scout.”
Ottawa senior Dillon Boeh said the Cyclones were playing together.
“Our defense was a lot better,” he said. “We had more communication. The scout helped us out a lot. It carried over. It was tough coming back from a game last night. We had good focus.”
Ottawa’s main focus was making sure junior point guard Tyrone Taylor II, who is being recruited by several college basketball programs, did not get to the basket.
“We did not get [Tyrone Taylor II) any good looks,” McKowen said. “He got frustrated and ran over a couple of people. He took himself out of the game in the first half. Every shot he took was contested.
“Overall a great effort on the defensive side.”
Taylor was 3-of-14 from the field with six turnovers and those two charges banished him to the bench early in the second quarter. He led Grandview with nine points.
Ottawa finished with 12 steals.
McKowen said those came about because the Cyclones knew Grandview’s playbook.
“We jumped into the passing lanes knowing they wanted to get the ball to Taylor,” he said. “[It led] to a lot of easy baskets.”
Ottawa (6-0) moved the ball around offensively, giving several players scoring opportunities.
“We have not always been aggressive offensively,” McKowen said. “We were tonight. We have guys that can score.”
Ottawa senior Semi Ojeleye displayed his array of talent. He tossed in long treys, drove to the hoop, hit free throws, blocked shots and had three steals.
He finished with 32 points and nine rebounds.
Boeh said it was exciting to play in the event that matches Missouri and Kansas schools in 21 games over a four-day period. All the games were televised by Kansas City’s Metro Sports.
“Hopefully, people understand what Ottawa basketball is all about,” McKowen said. “The reason we do win ... it is not always flashy, is because of the defensive side.
“We get to play on TV. I hope they enjoyed it. I have been begging to get into it for three years.”
The Kansas Army National Guard Recruiting Battalion will present the Cyclone boys basketball team with a banner after Ottawa was selected to the MaxPreps Preseason Fab 5. The presentation will be between tonight’s boys and girls games against Louisburg in the home opener.
Ottawa was selected along with Blue Valley North, Blue Valley Northwest, Wichita North and Scott City. Each state’s top five is honored. Grandview was in the top 5 in Missouri.
Grandview (34) — Taylor 9, Akinmoladun 4, Nweke 7, Scott 5, King 7, Kelly 2.
Ottawa (59) — Ojeleye 32, Hasty 9, Peters 4, Shaffer 4, Natt 8, Markley 2.