Cade Gollier dropped a career-high 28 points to aid a Cyclone victory Tuesday. The Ottawa High School boys basketball team took care of business at home, trouncing Kansas City Christian 65-51.
Gollier hit five three-point shots in the contest, and OHS extended a 24-15 halftime lead to as many as 17 points in the second half. The junior point guard was one of three Cyclones to score in double digits, followed by Kobe Johnson (13) and Isaac Bones (10).
“All of my teammates, we are good at finding a way to win,” Gollier said after the game. “We all play hard and we all want to win more than anything. We’ve been preparing for this for a long time and we are ready to make a run.”
The Cyclones made a run with 41 second-half points, more than the team scored in four quarters against Eudora Friday. Cliff McCullough, OHS head boys basketball coach, noted the team’s first half offense was “static” after jumping out to a 10-0 lead. Playing tight, full-court defense coming out of the break helped generate transition points, he said.
“It is the same old story, we were getting every look we want, we just couldn’t knock down shots,” McCullough said. “Cade found his stroke, and thank God he did because he kept us in the game.
“That is the problem with a lot of our shooters right now. They need to see the ball go through the net. We have been working on that in practice and preaching rhythm shots, catching in rhythm and believing the ball is going to go in. [Cade] believed every shot he put up was going in and it dang near did. We knew he was fully capable of going out and scoring like that. We hope it is something that continues.
McCullough also praised senior Isaac Bones and junior Jayson Brown for their physical play, particularly Bones’ tenacity crashing the offensive glass.
“[Bones] is a little skinny guy but he is going in and doing a lot of the little things,” he said. “Jayson Brown is playing much more physical. Those things are contagious and I challenge the other guys to play like that. You have to want to play this game the right way, and I don’t all the time believe that we want to play. So, they have got to learn that it is a hard game, a tough game and things don’t come easy. You have got to want it.”
Ottawa (8-5) is back in league action 7:30 p.m. Friday at Louisburg (6-7). The Wildcats are coming off a 46-33 win over Paola Tuesday.
“We have to go in expecting to play their best team,” McCullough said. “We can’t take any game for granted here on out. We can’t underestimate any opponent and we can’t be content with where we are at.”
Ottawa (65) - Gollier 28, Johnson 13, Bones 10, Michel 8, Brown 4, McCullough 2.
KC Christian (51) - Hubbel 15, Trujillo 9, Engel 8, Spencer 7, Schuchardt 6, Knernschield 4, Birnbaum 2.