Pirates prove balance in NIB 12 victory over Maple Leafs

Ottawa senior Dakota Deverteuil reaches for a pass under the basket before Geneseo’s Isaiah Rivera can get it during Friday night’s Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference opener at Kingman Gym. Ottawa junior Myles Tucker eyes the rim as he goes in for a layup during Friday’s contest against Geneseo at Kingman Gym. http://www.mywebtimes.com/2018/12/01/pirates-prove-balance-in-nib-12-victory-over-maple-leafs/agzgszn/

OTTAWA – What has seemed quite clear throughout the first five games of the Ottawa High School boys basketball schedule is that the Pirates are a team of many weapons, a club that has a plethora of options in which it can count upon on any given night.

Friday evening proved again to be one of those nights as Ottawa saw tremendous symmetry within its lineup throughout a rather healthy 68-43 victory over Geneseo that opened up the Northern Illinois Big 12 West Conference schedule on a very high note in front of an enthusiastic and well-attended group of fans here at Kingman Gym.

The Pirates (5-0, 1-0) stayed perfect on the 2018-19 early season ledger receiving a team-best 17 points from junior Myles Tucker, 16 tallies and a game high 11 rebounds off the hands of senior Tyler Carson, and 12 markers from senior guard Wyatt Hill. Seniors Dakota Deverteuil and Noah Gould added nine and seven points respectively as Ottawa shot a blistering 27 of 52 (52 percent) from the field and a red-hot 6-of-15 (40 percent) from 3-point range.

Carson also provided some staunch defense on Geneseo junior Isaiah Rivera – a heavily recruited NCAA Division I prospect – and held the Maple Leafs’ standout to 23 points and 11 rebounds with only five tallies coming in the second half where Carson hounded Rivera relentlessly all over the floor.

After a tightly contested first half where the Pirates lead by only eight, they picked up the pace in the second 16 minutes outscoring Geneseo 37-20 with their remarkable display of team basketball.

“Offensively we’re a team this season that has been very balanced within the first few games this year and where we’ve seen a lot of different scorers that have contributed very well,” said veteran OHS coach Mark Cooper. “We’re also a high-assist team which leads to higher percentage shots, helps with our offensive efficiency, and allows us to score from multiple positions. Tonight we did a good job again with that offensive balance and defensively Tyler produced a solid effort against a great player (Rivera). As a coaching staff, we’re very proud of Tyler. His transformation from one year ago to tonight is nothing short of remarkable. He’s a really good basketball player right now.”

After Rivera’s tremendous effort, the Maple Leafs received five points apiece from Tim Lehman and Jacob McConnell, but it wasn’t near enough to counter the Pirates overall team presence they put forth during opening night of NIB 12 play.

“There is no question Ottawa is a very talented, well balanced team and we knew that coming into this ballgame,” said GHS coach Brad Storm. “They’ve got a ton of weapons with players that know their roles and are very good at what they do. Even though Isaiah scored 23 points which is right about his average, they kept the pressure on him defensively and when he kind of wore down in the second half they just slowly crept away from us. Ottawa’s a very good basketball team.”

The Pirates lead 19-12 after one quarter and then 31-23 at halftime where Rivera tallied 18 points but Carson, Tucker, and Hill countered that and then some with 10 tallies and eight points each respectively.

In the third period, Ottawa started to make its move toward victory with Tucker sparking an 11-1 run to end the frame after a layup at 3:30, a left-wing 3-point bomb at 2:10. and another deftly placed lay-in with five seconds to go in the quarter that put the Pirates up 53-34 entering the final eight minutes of play.

There, Ottawa embarked on a 10-4 run that resulted in its biggest lead of the contest at 63-38 with 2:30 left after Deverteuil added a couple of high-flying drives to the hoop.

From there the benches emptied and the Pirates kept their perfect winning streak in tact on the fledgling campaign.

“We had some issues with Isaiah in the first half, but we were still efficient enough offensively to have a comfortable point margin most of the night,” Cooper said. “We have a lot of room for growth and even though this was a nice win tonight, we’re nowhere near playing to what I think this group is capable of playing at.”

At Kingman Gym, Ottawa

Ottawa 68, Geneseo 43


GENESEO (43) – Rivera 9-21 2-2 23, Lehman 2-5 0-1 5, Ja. McConnell 2-9 0-0 5, Moser 1-7 1-2 4, Clauson 1-1 0-0 3, Jo. McConnell 1-1 0-0 2, Ariano 0-1 1-2 1, Pierce 0-0 0-0 0, Traphagen 0-3 0-0 0, Swan 0-0 0-0 0, Van DeWoestyne 0-0 0-0 0, Shaw 0-0 0-0 0, Stottler 0-0 0-0 0, Wages 0-1 0-0 0, Duckwitz 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 16-50 4-7 43.

OTTAWA (68) – Tucker 7-16 1-2 19, Carson 8-11 0-0 16, Hill 4-10 2-3 12, Deverteuil 4-8 0-1 9, Gould 2-2 2-4 7, Kaufman 1-2 1-2 3, Landers 0-1 2-2 2, Brent 1-1 0-0 2, Stevenson 0-0 0-0 0, Roether 0-0 0-0 0, Lundy 0-0 0-0 0, Vandervort 0-0 0-0 0, Haerle 0-1 0-0 0, MacDonnell 0-0 0-0 0, Koch 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-52 8-14 68.

Geneseo (0-6, 0-1) 12 11 11 9 – 43

Ottawa (5-0, 1-0) 19 12 22 15 – 68

3-point goals – Geneseo 7-20 (Rivera 3-8, Lehman 1-1, Clauson 1-1, Moser 1-3, Ja. McConnell 1-4, Traphagen 0-2, Wages 0-1); Ottawa 6-15 (Hill 2-5, Tucker 2-8, Deverteuil 1-1, Gould 1-1). Rebounds – Geneseo 31 (Rivera 11); Ottawa 31 (Carson 11, Deverteuil 5). Steals – Geneseo 5 (Rivera 5); Ottawa 12 (Gould 3). Blocks – Geneseo 2 (Rivera, Van DeWoestyne); Ottawa 4 (Carson 2). Assists – Geneseo 6 (Moser 3); Ottawa 19 (Gould 5). Turnovers – Geneseo 19; Ottawa 9. Total fouls (fouled out) – Geneseo 14 (Lehman); Ottawa 13 (none).


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