BASEHOR — The Cyclones got within three, but couldn’t cap off the comeback Friday night. They fell in the semifinal round of the Bobcat Invitational 50-42 to Shawnee Mission North at Basehor-Linwood High School.
The Ottawa High School boys basketball team was down by as many as 17 (26-9) in the first half, and went into the locker rooms at halftime losing 31-17.
Ottawa struggled throughout the first two quarters to hit its shots.
“We were getting everything we wanted out of our offense,” Cliff McCullough, OHS head boys basketball coach, said. “We were getting the corner three, we were getting the cutter coming down the back side. We just couldn’t score. That is what it comes down to, we’ve got to score.”
The Cyclones got back in the game late. They opened up the fourth quarter with a 9-0 run capped off by a five-point swing off a three-pointer by Krys Johnson, senior, followed by a fast break layup by Kobe Johnson, sophomore. That made it 40-34 Indians with 4:23 left.
Ottawa got a break when North’s Jackson Bell, junior, missed the front end of a one-and-one with one minute left. Kobe Johnson knocked down a three on the ensuing possession to cut the lead to 45-42 with 53 seconds left. The Cyclones, however, failed to hit another shot on their next two offensive possessions, and the Indians sealed the win at the free throw line.
With Kobe Johnson doubled throughout the game, OHS struggled to find its offensive groove.
“We’ve got to learn that teams are going to do that, and when they double Kobe, that means somebody else is open,” McCullough said. “When Kobe gets doubled, he’s got to know — and he’s still young — that he has to face up to the basket and we’ve got somebody cutting to the basket who’s wide open. We’ll get there, it just takes time.”
Kobe Johnson led the team with 14 points, while Krys Johnson added 11. North’s Jarrett Hensley, junior, led all scorers with 15 points.
Ottawa plays 3:30 p.m. today in the third-place game of the tournament against Hayden at Basehor-Linwood High School.
SM North (50) – Hensley 15, Nelson 11, Williams 8, Harris 5, Jackson 5, Downey 4, Bell 2.
Ottawa (42) – Kobe Johnson 14, Krys Johnson 11, Bethea 8, Brown 5, Michel 2, Savage 2.