OTTAWA — The Ottawa boys basketball team had everything in high gear from the opening tip during Friday night's nonconference game against Yorkville's Parkview Christian Academy here at Kingman Gym.
The Pirates scored the game's first 10 points, then used an eye-popping 26-0 run spanning the second and third quarters to roll past the Falcons 59-31 to improve to 4-3 on the season. Parkview Christian, which meshed just 4 of 20 shots in the opening half and finished 26% from the floor, fell to 2-6.
Ottawa — which hit 57% percent from the field in the first half after which they led 35-10 and 54% for the contest — was led by Drew Kaufman's game-best 15 points, with Anthony Cooper adding 11 and TJ McDonnell chipping in 10, the former pair each hitting a trio of 3-pointers apiece.
PCA was paced by nine points each by Lehman Lanehart and Jacob Keehma, the latter grabbing a game-high eight rebounds.
"Tonight was a combination of we were pretty solid on the defensive end and they didn't shoot the ball well," said Ottawa coach Mark Cooper. "We were really able to break things out in the latter half of the second quarter by shooting the ball at a really high clip. We were also able to get out into transition a little bit more in the second, and it always looks better when the shots are falling like they were for us."
Kaufman had the initial seven Pirates points, and Brody Roether buried a triple in the final seconds of the first to put the hosts up 14-5. Another Roether 3 and drive by McDonnell preceded three points by PCA's Sammy Swenson to make it 19-10.
The Pirates then exploded on the aforementioned run — starting with a trey by Kaufman at the 5-minute mark of the period and ending with a floater in the lane by John Vandervort with 6 minutes, 9 seconds left in the third.
"Early in the second quarter, we cut it to 19-10, and I thought that we were making a little bit of progress, then (Kaufman) comes down and nails a couple of 3-pointers in a row," said Parkview Christian coach Don Davidson. "We were guarding him, but we were like eight feet away. That really opened the door, and they closed out the half on a huge run.
"We didn't shoot the ball well at all, and in return we were giving them wide-open 3s. What did they make, 12? We needed to get up in the passing lanes to deny that, be a little more aggressive, but we just didn't do that, and it was frustrating."
In the third stanza, the Pirates also received 3-pointers each from Tyler Arroyo, Jamarion Jones and Anthony Bianchi and a deuce from Kaylor Brent, all off the bench, to lead 56-20 heading into a continuous running-clock fourth frame.
"It was good for all of our kids to get significant minutes tonight," said Coach Cooper. "Every kid in this program works very hard, and we saw a lot of good things from every one that stepped on the floor, and all of them played the right way."