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Ojeleye breaks records in OHS boys win

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 12/7/2012

GOODLAND — The Ottawa High School boys wanted to improve its offense. The Cyclones worked all week in practice on different ways to attack defenses.

The Cyclones looked like a well-oiled offensive machine Thursday in the first game of the Topside Tip-Off Tournament in Goodland.

GOODLAND — The Ottawa High School boys wanted to improve its offense. The Cyclones worked all week in practice on different ways to attack defenses.

The Cyclones looked like a well-oiled offensive machine Thursday in the first game of the Topside Tip-Off Tournament in Goodland.

Ottawa rolled to a 102-29 victory over Wray, Colo. Ottawa fell six points short of the tournament record of 108 points set by Ottawa in 2004.

Ottawa all-state senior Semi Ojeleye shattered three tournament and school records. He tossed in a career-high 58 points, snapping the old mark of 50 he set last year. He made 23 total field goals and fired in nine treys. He did all of that in three quarters.

“When he is hot, you have to give him the ball,” Ottawa senior Kaden Shaffer said. “We were looking for him early.”

Ojeleye was hot early from outside then he started driving to the hoop. He had his whole game going. He went 23 of 37 from the floor and 9-of-19 from behind the arc. He also had nine rebounds and four steals.

“He had great teammates,” Ottawa coach Jon McKowen said. “They knew he had the hot hand and they got him the ball. That is the only way to score 58. You have to get good shots. You can’t get them all yourself. He played hard.”

Ojeleye had 16 in the first quarter. He netted 21 in the second to finish with 37 in the first half. He fired in 21 in the third quarter.

Ojeleye had help with seven of his teammates pumping in at least five points.

“Our whole focus all week was getting into the flow,” McKowen said. “We found some weaknesses. We did a great job of being on the same page. For the whole game, we did not take tough shots. We were shooting shots in rhythm. We were rebounding the heck out of the ball. That is what it takes.”

Ottawa shot 60 percent from the field (41 of 68).

Shaffer said Ottawa was looking for a good start.

“Our main focus was to making sure to bring energy early,” he said. “We worked on junk defenses in how to attack it better. We worked a lot against the zone because we knew Wray would run it. Coach preached compete in practice. It definitely helped us.

“When we are knocking down shots like that, it opens it up pretty good. We got it inside better in the second half.”

McKowen could not have written a better script to start the tournament.

“Our kids do a really good job of using this trip to focus on basketball,” he said. “We get to hang out together. We get to watch film together. It is a great bonding time. We always play so much better after the Goodland Tournament. We started playing well and hoping to carry it through the rest of the tournament.”

Alex Hasty finished with 12 points. Ottawa senior Dallas Natt returned after missing the opener with an injury.

“He changes the speed of the game,” McKowen said. “He is working his way back in. He played hard every second he was in there.”

Ottawa (2-0) plays 5 p.m. today against Oakley, which beat Norton, 61-49.

Wray (29) — Arkulari 6, Centa 5, Reinick 11, Peterson 4, Clapper 3.

Ottawa (102) — Ojeleye 58, Hasty 12, Shaffer 5, Natt 5, Smith 6, Markley 6, A. Blaue 5, Q. Blaue 5.

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