BASEHOR — The Cyclones picked up an important win Wednesday.
The Ottawa High School boys basketball team edged Kansas City East Christian Academy 50-43 in the opening round of the Bobcat Invitational at Basehor-Linwood High School, 2108 155th St., Basehor.
The win advances OHS to the semifinal round 7:30 p.m. Friday against Shawnee Mission North at Basehor-Linwood HS.
Kansas City East gave the Cyclones all they could handle up until the final minutes. With a 41-38 lead and 3:26 left, Ottawa started melting clock and forcing its opponent to foul. Devion Bethea, senior guard, hit both free throws with 1:57 left after being fouled by KC East’s Zack Mann. Caleb Ross and Max Titus both missed three-point shots on the Lion’s next two possessions, and Ottawa snagged the defensive boards.
The Cyclones struggled to hit free throws in the final minute, but offensive rebounds by Krys and Kobe Johnson off misses gave OHS second chances. KJ Savage, sophomore, and Krys Johnson combined to go 4-4 from the foul line in the final 30 seconds to give Ottawa a 10-point lead. Titus hit a three-pointer as time expired to make it 50-43.
Ottawa struggled with 16 turnovers, but played lock-down defense in the second half. After allowing 28 points in the first half, the Cyclone defense gave up just 15 in the second.
Kobe Johnson led all scorers with 24 points. Titus was KC East’s leading scorer with 14 points.
Ottawa (50) — Kobe Johnson 24, Bethea 8, Savage 5, Krys Johnson 4, Brown 4, Shaffer 3, Michel 2.
KC East (43) — Titus 14, Callen Dye 11, Burkart 5, McDowell 5, Spencer 3, Ross 3, Mann 2.