Louisburg didn’t make it easy, but Ottawa High School rebounded from a rough Tuesday loss to win on its home court. The Cyclone boys basketball team knocked off the Wildcats 49-39 Friday at OHS, 1120 S. Ash St., Ottawa.
Ottawa took a 27-19 lead into the locker rooms at halftime, but Louisburg put the pressure on after multiple Cyclone turnovers turned into transition baskets. Cliff McCullough, OHS head basketball coach, called a timeout with his team up 31-27 with 4:08 left in the third quarter. Ottawa went on a 10-0 run coming out of the timeout.
“First half, we were taking charges,” McCullough said. “My gosh, I don’t know the last game we took two charges and it wasn’t Kaleb Shaffer. Second half, we are letting guys drive to the rim. That has got to stop. We have to take care of the ball when we have the lead, get stops on defense and hit free throws. That is how you win.”
The Cyclones regrouped and never let Louisburg come within more than seven points of their lead. A three-point basket by the Wildcats’ Desmond Doles, senior, made it 44-37 with 1:44 left, but OHS hit its foul shots down the stretch to put the game on ice.
Krys Johnson, senior, led Ottawa in scoring with 13 points. Doles finished with 13 points for Louisburg.
Due to the potential for bad weather, the Sunflower Showcase hosted at Lawrence Free State High School, 4700 Overland Drive, Lawrence, has been postponed until next Saturday. The Cyclones were set to play Hogan Prep today, but will instead play a team to-be-named. The Sunflower Showcase is a part of 810 Varsity showcases, and more information is available at www.810varsity.com
Ottawa is set to play 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Paola.
Ottawa (49) — Krys Johnson 13, Kobe Johnson 11, Shaffer 7, Michel 6, Bethea 6, Gollier 4.
Louisburg (39) — Doles 13, Minster 12, Sievert 6, Rutherford 5, Vogel 3.