Offensive droughts have been a reoccurring problem for the Ottumwa boys basketball team this season, and Friday night was no different, as a second-quarter slump led to a 42-32 non-conference loss to Indianola.
The Bulldogs led 16-11 early in the second quarter, when they got stuck in an offensive funk that lasted until early in the third quarter. Ottumwa’s offensive woes allowed the Indians to go on a 15-0 run and take full control of the game.
“We have one of those droughts every game,” Ottumwa coach Chris Gravett said. “The thing about this team is really nothing we do offensively is easy. We don’t really have a true post and we have some young guys who are having trouble beating guys off the dribble.”
Ottumwa finally got things rolling again early in the third quarter. Carter Burns knocked down a guarded jumper from the right baseline. Moments later, Walker scored on a transition layup. Then Burns beat his opponent to the hoop and scored while drawing contact from a defender. He made his free throw, which shaved the Indians lead to 33-28. Indianola didn’t let Ottumwa get any closer, as the Indians led 37-28 at the end of the quarter.
The Bulldogs turned up the intensity on defense in the fourth, holding the Indians to only five points. Unfortunately, Ottumwa was having a devil of a time putting points on the board, as they struggled to get high-percentage shots on offense. The Bulldogs only managed to score a meager four points in the quarter.
Ottumwa looked sharp at the start of the game. Walker was at the vanguard of much of the Bulldogs early offensive success. Near the end of the first quarter, he drove the baseline and knocked down a difficult shot over his defender, cutting the Indians lead to 11-10.
The Bulldogs came out hot to start the second quarter as well. Brok Hopwood buried a 3-pointer from the right baseline to give Ottumwa a 13-11 lead. His shot was soon followed by an almost identical looking 3-pointer by Kyle Keck from the left baseline, which gave the Bulldogs a five-point lead. Unfortunately, Ottumwa’s momentum was soon squelched when the Bulldogs got mired in a long scoring funk.
Ottumwa (1-13, 1-8) plays Tuesday at Des Moines East.
Indianola 42, Ottumwa 32
Indi 11 12 14 5 — 42
Ottu 10 6 12 4 — 32
Indianola (32) — August Sandquist 8, Keegan Render 15, Cort Singleton 1, Casey Krapfl 13, Andy Arndt 2, Trey Kuehl 3. Totals 17 FG 7-15 FT 42.
3-point goals — 1. Fouled out — None. Blocks — 1 (Sandquist 1). Total fouls — 8.
Ottumwa (42) — Carter Burns 11, Austin Walker 11, Brok Hopwood 3, Kyle Keck 5, Charlie Altfillisch 2. Totals - 13-36 FG 3-3 FT 32.
3-point goals — 3-16 (Keck 1, Hopwood 1, Walker 1). Fouled out — None. Rebounds — 15 (Walker 5). Assists — 2 (C. Altfillisch, Hopwood). Steals — 5 (Walker 2). Blocks — 2 (Burns 2). Total fouls — 8. Turnovers — 21.