The Cyclones were relentless on defense again, but also dominated the glass. Ottawa tossed in eight second-chance buckets against Platte County Tuesday in the first round of the Bobcat Invitational in Basehor.
Ottawa shot 39 of 66 from the field (59 percent) in overwhelming the Pirates, 93-32. Top-ranked Ottawa (11-0) plays 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the semifinals against Blue Valley.
It has become pick your poison for Ottawa’s opponents. The Cyclones are punishing their foes when they attempt to stop Semi Ojeleye with more than one player.
“We have had good ball movement since the Christmas break,” Ottawa coach Jon McKowen said. “It was good balance. Everybody scored.”
McKowen said the players are looking for each other, especially when teams focus on Ojeleye.
“Other guys will get their shots,” he said.
Those other guys were spot on. Alex Hasty sliced his way to basket for a season-best 19 points on nine of 12 shots from the field.
McKowen said Ottawa worked hard in practice on being in better position to rebound.
“It carried over,” he said. “We got a lot of offensive rebounds.”
Turnovers and defensive rebounds led to transition opportunities, especially since Platte County jacked up 22 treys and made just two.
Ottawa played one of its most complete games of the season.
“You never know how you will respond to a 4:30 p.m. game,” Ottawa coach Jon McKowen said. “Our energy was great.”
Ottawa rolled to a 9-0 lead and never looked back. Platte County, which was 14 of 51 (27 percent) from the field, went through long periods without scoring.
Ottawa strung together a 33-3 haymaker over a 10-minute period to open a 61-12 lead with 4:40 left in the third quarter.
The Ottawa reserves scored 18 points in the fourth quarter with a running clock.
“They are trying to get minutes,” McKowen said. “We expect them to play hard through the whole game.”
Platte County (32) — Houpe 4, Eggers 8, Kilkenny 3, Eubanks 5, Josh Eastman 4, Ward 7, Jake Eastman 2.
Ottawa (93) — Ojeleye 30, Hasty 19, Peters 2, Shaffer 12, Natt 4, Boeh 2, Markley 8, Smith 2, A. Blaue 6, Graf 8.