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Pirates roll right over Rochelle at Kingman

Ottawa maintains two-game lead in NIB 12 West

OTTAWA —There are many superlatives that could describe the level play of the Ottawa boys basketball team has shown so far this season.

Methodical, businesslike, disciplined and efficient would be a few.

The Pirates (19-2, 8-1), ranked No 9 in Class 3A by the Associated Press, again showed all of those qualities during Friday night's 72-46 Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference victory over Rochelle (10-15, 3-5) here at Kingman Gym. The win keeps Ottawa's two-game league lead over Geneseo (6-3 NIB 12) intact, with another loop contest looming tonight with a trip to rival La Salle-Peru.

Ottawa, despite a trio of 3-pointers by Myles Tucker — part of his team-high 19 points — held just a one-point lead after the initial eight minutes of play. However, a 9-0 run to start the second quarter and an 8-0 spurt to begin the second half were keys to holding a 36-25 advantage at the intermission and a 54-35 cushion heading to the fourth.

After Tucker's 19, Tyler Carson had 16 points, six rebounds and five steals; Noah Gould 12 points — all in the middle two frames — five boards and five assists. Wyatt Hill (six assists) and Alex Stevenson also added six points each for OHS.

Rochelle's 6-foot-8 Johnny Beck paced all scorers with 26 points, including three baskets from beyond the arc.

"I really don't feel we had great energy the whole night. The game didn't have much pace to it, and while I thought we had some guys that played really well, I just didn't think overall we had a good bounce to us as a team," said OHS coach Mark Cooper.

"We shared the ball (26 assists on 31 made field goals), and we were OK on defense (held Hubs to 32 percent from the floor, forced 19 turnovers), but we fumbled a few rebounds away and didn't get to a few loose balls. For the most part we made Beck make shots, and he did."

Beck netted 10 of his points in the first quarter to help his club stay close, but six Hubs turnovers and eight points from Gould, plus six more from Carson — the final two on a buzzer-beating layup — helped give the hosts an 11-point halftime lead.

"There is a reason that Ottawa only has two losses so far this season, and that is they have five players out there at a time, all the time, that all can really play ball," said Rochelle coach Tim Thompson. "They run a consistent offense and run it well, so we knew we wouldn't be able to go at them man-to-man.

"Tucker hit a few shots on us in the first quarter, but we were able to get out of the first with only one turnover and down by just one. However, when you play a team that is as good as Ottawa, it's tough to contain them for long stretches.

"I thought we played a little better than the score indicates, but other than Beck, we are just having trouble scoring the basketball right now."

The latter half began in succession with a transition layup by Carson, hoop by Hill off a steal turned assist by Dakota Deverteuil, two free throws by Tucker and a Deverteuil to Tucker deuce to make it 44-25 just two minutes into the stanza. Gould later added a drive and 15-foot jumper in the final minute to put the game out of reach.

"Noah Gould was off the charts tonight," said Cooper. "He is such a versatile player, and he was able to get himself in position to be able to make some plays with the basketball. Whether it was a shot or a pass, he was really good, but he is a very capable shooter and passer and showed that tonight."


At Kingman Gym, Ottawa

Ottawa 72, Rochelle 46


ROCHELLE (46) — Burdin 2-9 2-4 6, Ackland 1-5 0-0 3, Knight 1-3 0-0 3, Brown 0-4 2-2 2, Beck 10-17 3-3 26, Green 0-3 0-0 0, Jandak 1-2 1-4 3, Hickey 1-2 0-0 3, Wilson 0-2 0-0 0, Hale 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 16-47 8-13 46.

OTTAWA (72) — Tucker 6-11 3-4 19, Deverteuil 0-6 1-4 1, Hill 3-7 0-0 6, Carson 8-10 0-0 16, Gould 6-13 0-0 12, Stevenson 2-4 0-0 6, McDonnell 1-3 0-2 2, Landers 2-4 0-0 4, Kaufman 2-3 0-0 4, Roether 0-0 0-0 0, Vandervort 0-0 0-0 0, Lundy 0-1 0-0 0, Koch 0-0 0-0 0, Brent 0-0 0-0 0, Haerle 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 31-63 4-10 72.

Rochelle (10-15, 3-5) 13 12 10 11 — 46

Ottawa (19-2, 8-1) 14 22 18 18 — 72

3-point goals — Rochelle 6-19 (Burdin 0-4, Ackland 1-2, Knight 1-3, Brown 0-1, Beck 3-4, Green 0-3, Hickey 1-1, Wilson 0-1); Ottawa 6-18 (Tucker 4-8, Hill 0-3, Gould 0-1, Stevenson 2-3, McDonnell 0-2, Lundy 0-1). Rebounds — Rochelle 31 (Beck 8, Burdin 5); Ottawa 36 (Carson 6, Gould 5, Stevenson 5). Assists — Rochelle 9 (Brown 7); Ottawa 26 (Hill 6, Carson 5, Gould 5). Steals — Rochelle 4 (Beck 2); Ottawa 11 (Carson 5). Blocks — Rochelle 6 (Beck 6); Ottawa 2 (Carson 1, Gould 1). Turnovers — Rochelle 19, Ottawa 10. Total fouls (none fouled out) — Rochelle 9, Ottawa 11.

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