KANSAS CITY, Kansas — The Cyclones gave Washington all they could handle, but came up short 62-56 Friday in Kansas City.

Ottawa High School played the Wildcats to a 24-24 tie in the first half and got as close as two points inside the final minute.

“I wanted us to improve because coming out of the [Basehor-Linwood] tournament, I didn’t know where we were at,” Cliff McCullough, OHS head boys basketball coach, said. “I didn’t feel like we were in a very good place, so we really focused a lot this week on offense. We played well on offense, we scored points, we got into the 50’s, however we let them do whatever they wanted defensively. Right now we are battling playing hard on both sides of the ball.”

Kobe Johnson, sophomore, hit a three-point basket with 50 seconds left to cut the Washington lead to 56-54. On the ensuing possession, the Cyclones fouled and Ricky Amos, senior, missed both free throws. Ottawa’s KJ Savage, sophomore, drove to the basket on the next possession, but missed his shot. From there on out, the Wildcats outscored Ottawa 6-2 to ice the win.

“They are still young and inexperienced,” McCullough said. “We’ve got time to figure this thing out, but the window is getting a lot smaller.”

Kobe Johnson paced the Cyclone offense with 26 points. Krys Johnson, senior, added 11 points.

Ottawa returns home Tuesday to play league opponent Spring Hill.

Washington (62) — Muturi 16, Batie 12, Thomas 9, Alexander 8, Amos 2, Peterson 2.

Ottawa (56) — Kobe Johnson 26, Krys Johnson 11, White 9, D. Bethea 2, S. Bethea 2, Savage 2.