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Ottawa’s Chase Hill (No. 32) dribbles up court as he is chased by Geneseo’s Ethan Radue and Kevin Wolack during the Pirates’ 44-39 victory Friday in a Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference West Division game in Ottawa. NewsTribune photo/Anthony Soufflé
OTTAWA — The Ottawa boys basketball team trailed by four points at halftime, but came out fired up to start the second half and rallied to win 44-39 over Geneseo in a Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference West Division game Friday in Ottawa.
Chase Hill sparked the Pirates by driving straight to the basket twice to complete a 6-0 run and give Ottawa a 28-26 lead early in the third quarter.
“Chase really grew up tonight as a basketball player as far as his decision making,” Pirate coach Mark Cooper said. “He had a nice night and really nice start to the second half when we took the lead there.”
Maple Leaf guard Ethan Radue’s jumper later gave Geneseo a 32-31 lead, but Tabor Griglione drained a 3-pointer to give the Pirates a 34-32 lead heading into the final eight minutes.
The 6-foot-4 John Carroll used his height against the 5-9 Jordan Starkey to give the Pirates a 38-32 lead.
However, the Maple used several second-opportunities and a fast-break layup from Starkey to close the Ottawa lead to two at 38-36.
In the final minute, the Pirates went to the free throw line six times and sank all six opportunities to come away with a 44-39 victory.
The two teams went back and forth to start the game as well.
Luke Snyder hit a 15-foot bank shot for an early 5-2 lead for Geneseo, but Cody Stokes came off the bench for five quick points as the Pirates and Maple Leafs were tied at 11-11 heading into the second quarter.
Hill then drove to the basket for a brief lead before Starkey’s rainbow shot gave the Maple Leafs a 16-15 lead.
Starkey gave the Pirates fits in the second quarter, hitting for eight points to help the Leafs to a 24-19.
Griglione then hit a 3-pointer from the corner to trim the lead, but Starley made it a 26-22 lead at the break.
While he had eight points in the second quarter, the Pirates second-half defense gave up just three more points to Starkey in the second half.
“Starkey and Geneseo just had too much freedom in the first half,” Cooper said. “We did a much better job in the second half contesting shots.”
Hill led the Pirates with 16 points, while Carroll added 10. Starkey led the Maple Leafs with 11.