If Bobby Knight, Dean Smith, Mike Krczwewski, Jim Boeheim and other great basketball coaches around the country, gathered in a conference room and watched a tape of Thursday night’s boys’ game between Otterville and Tipton in the W-K Holiday Shootout, their reaction might have been one of puzzlement.
For almost the entire game, the Eagles put all five players between the two circles and rarely penetrated into the lane.
Tipton took advantage of the lock-kneed, lethargic Eagles to roll to a 53-36 win in the fourth of six games at the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center at State Fair Community College.
“We had a game plan but sometimes kids don’t follow the plan,” said Otterville Coach Jon Tester, whose team fell to 4-3. “We were supposed to take the ball inside and score in the paint.”
A drive in the lane for the Eagles was about as common as a snow storm in August in central Missouri.
Instead the Eagles spread the court out wide between the jump ball circle and the free throw line circle. Their movements were slow and telegraphed. The Cardinals picked off several lazy passes and turned them into easy transition buckets.
Otterville made just three of 10 shots in the first quarter, turned the ball over five times and couldn’t get out of low gear in the first quarter. Tipton led 11-7 after the first quarter. Senior guard Ryan Benny, the Most Valuable Players n the Cooper County Athletic Association last year, scored five of the Eagles’ seven points in the first quarter and netted the first of his two treys in the game.
However, Benny, averaging 15 points per game, had to take a seat on the bench early in the second quarter after picking up his second foul.
The Eagles turned the ball over on their first two possessions in the second quarter and Tipton capitalized to go up 15-7.
Devin Rockett, off the bench to replace Benny, completed a conventional three-point play to close the gap to 15-10. Tipton led 19-10 midway through the second quarter before Benny came off the bench to knock down his second trey from the left wing to close the Eagles within 19-13.
Benny finished the half with eight of his 11 points on the night.
Neither team scored for the next three minutes as turnovers mounted on both sides. Rocket hit a jumper to get Otterville within 19-15.
Tipton went on an 8-0 run topped by a bucket by Dylan Cooper to go up 27-15. Rocket hit again, giving him seven first-half points but Tipton took a 29-17 lead into the halftime break.
Three straight Eagle turnovers and three layups by the Cardinals and it was a 20-point game at 37-17.
“Dandy” Don Meredith was rising from his grave to sing “Turn Out the Lights.”
The way Otterville was playing, the game was in the bag.
Otterville never got closer than 12 the rest of the way. Tipton led 44-30 after three quarters. Both teams got sloppy down the stretch of the fourth quarter.
The Cardinals, who defeated Sacred Heart in last year’s Class 1 state sectional a Smith-Cotton, led by as many as 17 at 52-35 in the final stanza.
Jacob Gaskell led Otterville with 13 points, eight in the second half. Benny added 11 and Rocket nine.
Ethan Koechner led Tipton with 13 and Chaz Raymond added 12.
Otterville 43, Tipton 36
Stephanie Oswald led Otteville with 15 and Hannah Stone added 10, including the first six points of the game.
Otterville led 11-7 after the first quarter, 25-10 at the half and 28-23 after three quarters.
The Lady Eagles won the game at the free throw line, making 22 of 38 from the stripe.
In other W-K Shootout games Thursday, the Stover Lady Bulldogs edged Fayette 43-41, the Fayette Falcons ripped Stover 64-33, the Concordia Lady Orioles smashed Lincoln 44-12 and the Concordia Oriole boys walloped Lincoln 55-25.