Cyclones down Trojans for sub-state crown

WLH0250 The Osawatomie Trojan boys basketball team’s dream of a trip to the state tournament in Salina ended in a 55-43 loss to the Ottawa Cyclones in Ottawa Saturday night in the sub-state championship game.

The Trojans hung tough through the game, but were never able to gain an advantage on the scoreboard, as the Cyclones played with the lead and the home crowd, never letting the Trojans offer a serious challenge in the game. The Trojans never lead, as Adam Hasty pushed the Cyclones to an early 10-3 lead, hitting two three pointers and two free throws in the opening four minutes to stake the Cyclones to the lead. Hasty added another three pointer near the end of the quarter to give Ottawa a 13-5 first quarter advantage.

Osawatomie made a run at the Cyclones early in the second quarter, as Bendan Soucie hit an early basket, and after Ottawa’s James Peoples cleaned up a free throw miss by Adam Maxwell with a rebound and bucket to make the score 15-7, Jacob Vail, Soucie and Jamson Greenwood hit consecutive baskets to pull the Trojans within two at 15-13. It would be a close as the Trojans would come for the remainder of the game, as a Cyclone three pointer followed by a Chase Dengle basket and Kevin Barber three pointer pushed the Ottawa advantage to double digits at 23-13. Maxwell threw up an off balance, no look shot at the buzzer that went in for the Cyclones to give the home team a 25-13 halftime advantage.

Coming out of the intermission, neither team exactly lit up the scoreboard, and the Cyclones failed to add to their lead, as both teams scored 10 points in the quarter. Soucie was able to get a little room to move, as the Cyclones seemed intent on making every shot the 6’4” junior got very difficult, and scored six points in the quarter on two free throws and two baskets, Greenwood and Tyler Wright picked up the Trojans other four points, and the Cyclones scored on a three pointer and a field goal from Hasty, a bucket from Dengel and a three pointer from Maxwell.

The fourth quarter started with Peoples hitting two buckets inside around a basket by Brandon Oakes, and by the time Jake Moore added two free throws, the Ottawa lead had ballooned to 16 points at 41-26. Oakes and Jones fueled the Trojans to a seven point run to cut the lead to single digits at 41-32, prompting a time out call by the Cyclones with 4:21 to play in the game.

The Cyclones moved the lead back to 10 points at 42-32 on a free throw by Shane Steelman, but Jones and Oakes hit back to back buckets to get the Trojans within six at 42-36. Dengle hit the front end of a one and one to give the Cyclones at 43-36 lead, and with 3:10 to play in the game, following a foul call near midcourt, Trojans Head Coach Darren Soucie as assessed a technical foul, and the Cyclones were afforded an opportunity to pad their lead.

WLH0359 Hasty hit three of four free throws coming off the foul and technical to move the Cyclone lead back to ten at 46-36 and when Hasty added two more free throw off the ensuing possession, the Ottawa lead was a more comfortable 12 points at 48-36.

Soucie hit two free throws and a basket around two free throws from Maxwell and with 1:46 to play in the game the Trojans still trailed by 10 at 50-40. The last minute and a half of the game was a parade to the free throw line, with the Trojans unable to get any closer than 10 points during that time. Soucie closed the Trojan scoring hitting three of four from the line and Eric Messinger and Steelman hit five of six from the line to give the Cyclones their 12 point 55-43 victory.

The Cyclones will enter the state tournament as the seventh seed and will take on second seeded Hesston at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Salina.