EUDORA – Friday’s loss is a tough one to stomach for the Cyclones.
The Ottawa High School boys basketball team dropped its league road game at Eudora 45-31, snapping what had been an impressive streak of wins.
The loss comes days before OHS plays its tournament week in the 18th Annual Bobcat Invitational at Basehor-Linwood High School.
“We’ll get them to shift from this to the next game,” Cliff McCullough, OHS head boys basketball coach, said. “We’ll watch film Sunday and point out what we did wrong, and it’ll be a very hard practice. I hope they set at home and think about it. I hope they stew as much as I do. After Sunday’s practice we’ll be done with it and shift our focus.”
Eudora put distance on a late lead in the fourth quarter while the Cyclones struggled to execute their offense. Ottawa scored just 12 points total in the second half after maintaining a 19-16 lead at halftime.
“We couldn’t execute,” McCullough said. “I feel like Tuesday we took a step forward, and [Friday] we took five steps backwards, offensively and defensively. The defense probably isn’t as bad as I think right now, but we didn’t rebound and gave them too many second chances.
An offense designed to get the ball to the bigs inside instead settled for perimeter shots.
“Offensively, we couldn’t hit shots, and when we aren’t hitting shots, life isn’t good,” McCullough added. “Right now, we’ve got weapons inside the paint, but we are afraid to make the pass, and I don’t know if they are afraid to turn the ball over, or they don’t want a certain person to have the ball, I don’t know what it is, but we aren’t getting the ball where it needs to be.”
Ottawa will look to rebound 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Basehor-Linwood Tournament. The Cyclones are set to play Kansas City East Christian Academy in the opening rou