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home : sports : sports   April 29, 2016

2/23/2013 1:43:00 AM
Boys basketball: Ottawa wins regular season finale


Brad Martin
NewsTribune Sports Writer



OTTAWA — Streator played just about even for three-plus quarters, but in the end Ottawa got key rebounds and steals to end the regular season with a 43-30 victory over the Bulldogs.

The victory makes the Pirates 22-5 on the season and 8-2 in the Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference West Division.

Neither offense was lighting up the scoreboard as both teams hit less than 30 percent from the field for the game.

The Pirates held a slim 16-12 lead at the break, but Streator came out strong to start the second half. A William Phillips 3-pointer from the top of the key got the Bulldogs started and cut the Pirates lead to 18-15.

Colton Olson then followed that up with a 15-foot jumper and then a drive into the lane and a 5-foot jump shot to give Streator a 21-18 lead on a 9-2 run.

After a Pirates timeout, John Carroll hit a short jump shot and teammate Chase Hill drained a 3-pointer to retake the lead 22-21.

Moments later, Carroll and Hill both picked up offensive rebounds and putbacks as the Pirates ended the third quarter with a 10-2 run to go up 28-23.

Josh Houch got the Bulldogs within a point as he hit 1-of-2 free throws, then got the rebound off his own miss and the lay-up made it a 29-28 Pirates lead.

That was as close as the Bulldogs would get the rest of the night. The Pirates collected several strong offensive series in the fourth period that helped extend the lead to 35-28.

Cody Stokes picked up a team-high eight rebounds for the Pirates and took his last one and went coast-to-coast for the fast-break layup to give Ottawa a 37-30 lead.

The Pirates ended the game on a 14-2 run to come away with the 43-30 NIB 12 West victory.

Ottawa ends the regular season with a 22 wins, which is the most wins by a Pirates team since 1998-99 season when they finished 22-6 and won a regional with Mark Cooper as the assistant coach.

Notes: The Pirates celebrated senior night Friday night in Kingman Gym and also celebrated one of Ottawa’s biggest fans in Dorothy Love. Love’s husband Gil Love coached the Pirates from 1944-61 with a record of 327-143 including a third-place state finish in 1957. Dorothy Love has been going Pirates games for 69 years and turns 100 years old in May. Between boys and girls varsity, sophomores and freshman contests Love has attended nearly 3,000 Pirates games.

Brad Martin Sr. can be reached at 220-6939, or at sports@newstrib.com.












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