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11/26/2012 10:41:00 AM
Boys basketball: Pirates settle for fifth place

Brad Martin
NewsTribune Sports Writer

OTTAWA — The Ottawa boys basketball team went 2-1 during pool play of its Dean Riley Shootin’ the Rock Tournament, tying the Pirates with Pontiac and Oak Forest.
Unfortunately for the Pirates, they were sent to the fifth-place game since they had the lowest free throw percentage of the three teams.

Any frustrations the Pirates may have had, they took out on Marengo for a 57-32 victory Saturday on the final day of the tournament.

“We made the best of a bad situation,” Pirate coach Mark Cooper said. “We didn’t play our best Tuesday and didn’t finish off the game with Pontiac, so the best we could do is win our last three games and the guys responded nicely.”

The Pirates never trailed in the contest with the Indians thanks to a fast start by Chase Hill and two drives to the basket and three blocks from junior center Jacob Draper for a 6-2 lead.

After several turnovers by both teams, the Pirates finished the opening quarter off strong with a 3-pointer from John Carroll for an 11-6 lead.

In the second quarter, the Pirates opened things up and never looked back.

Cody Stokes came off the bench and quickly made his presence felt by connecting for five points and giving the Pirates a 16-8 lead.

From there, Ottawa completed nice pass after nice pass to extend the lead.
Carroll found Tabor Griglione and then Hill picked up a steal and layup.

Dustin Rondorf picked up three baskets in the paint for the Indians, but the Pirates increased their lead to 31-16 at the break.

“We were able to score some baskets on runouts after creating some turnovers” Cooper said. “It makes things easier when we get some baskets in transition. This is a very unselfish group of kids. Whether it’s starters or guys off the bench, if there is a guy who is open, we are going to try and get the ball to them. That’s what you want out of a team.”

Ottawa continued to dominate in the third quarter as Carroll scored five quick points and Hill followed with four.

The defense allowed just five points in the quarter as Ottawa pushed the lead to 44-21.

Stokes drained another 3-pointer in the fourth quarter as the Pirates took a 54-24 lead and triggered the continuous clock.

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