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1/12/2013 1:48:00 AM
Boys basketball: Ottawa beats rival Streator

Brad Martin
NewsTribune Sports Writer

STREATOR —  The Ottawa boys basketball team had a big first quarter against Streator and made all the necessary plays throughout the game to come away from the Dog Pound with a 62-52 Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference West Division victory Friday night.

From the onset, it was a typical physical battle between the two-long time rivals.
John Carroll used his size and playmaking abilities to get to the foul line and feed Jacob Draper in the post to help the Pirates to an 8-3 lead.

J.D. Bryant then entered the game and drained a 3-pointer as did Carroll to push the Pirates lead to 16-5 at the end of the first quarter.

The Bulldogs got the second quarter started with Nolan Sokol being fouled behind the arc. He hit all three shots from the foul line.

The Pirates responded with Carroll hitting two of free throws of his own before he picked up a steal and layup to push the lead to 25-16.

“That was kind of the story tonight,” Pirates coach Mark Cooper said. “We fouled Sokol behind the arc a couple times and Streator would make a bit of a run to get the game within two or three possessions and then we hit our free throws and make shots to keep them at an arms length most of the night.”

For the rest of the half, the two teams traded shots back and forth with Micah Swagert hitting a pair of shots and Chase Hill banking a shot in at the buzzer to give the Pirates a 31-23 lead at the break.

The second half was more of the same from both teams.

Sokol converted an old-fashioned three-point play and then stepped behind the arc  to cut the Pirates lead to 40-31.

Austin Bowden hit a layup and Carroll hit two more free throws as the Pirates led 49-39 heading into the final eight minutes.

Both teams were in the bonus just a minute into the fourth quarter, and both teams spent a lot of time at the free throw line.

Carroll and Nick Harsted rounded out the Pirates victory by hitting 17-of-22 foul shots in the game to help the Pirates come away with a 62-52 victory.

Carroll led with 23 points and six rebounds, while Harsted added 13 points. Sokol led Streator with 18 points.

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