LOUISBURG — Jayson Brown and Aidan Michel scored 20 points each to lift Ottawa High to its third straight win. The Cyclone boys basketball team pushed past Louisburg Friday on the road for a 61-49 victory.
OHS jumped out to a 14-5 lead, but hot shooting kept Louisburg in it. After narrowing the lead to 29-24 at halftime, the Wildcats stayed within single digits throughout the second half until the final minute.
Kohl Vogel stole the ball and converted an easy transition layup to pull Louisburg within 46-44 with 5:58 left.
Less than a minute later, Brown knocked down a big three to make it 49-44 with 5:13 left.
Louisburg got within one score again thanks to a left-corner three by Brayden Gage that cut the lead to 52-49 with 1:47 left.
Ottawa countered with a floater from Cade Gollier, followed by a breakaway basket by Isaac Bones.
Michel hit a pair of free throws with 33 seconds left, and the Cyclones closed the game on a 9-0 run.
“We had an answer offensively because of Jayson Brown and Aidan Michel,” Cliff McCullough, OHS head coach, said. “That is the best game I’ve seen Jayson Brown play for us. This is a complete game from him — he went to the basket, he got to the free throw line, he knocked down threes and he played really good defense for us. We just have to get everybody playing like that. When we do that, I think we will be really good.”
Ottawa (9-5) continues its road stretch Tuesday at Eudora (7-5). The Cyclones won the first game between the league rivals lastweek.
Ottawa (61) —Brown 20, Michel 20, Johson 6, Gollier 5, Bones 5, McCullough 3, Moore 2
Louisburg (49) — DeShazer 9, Waldron 9, Hill 8, Vogel 8, Margrave 5, Rutherford 4, B. Guetterman 3, Gage 3.