By Courier Sports Staff
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OTTUMWA — Despite a valiant effort, the Ottumwa boys’ basketball team fell to Indianola 57-44 Friday in CIML Metro action.
Nic Young, spurred by a strong second half, shepherded Ottumwa with a team-high 14 points and Brok Hopwood added 12. Meanwhile, Trey Kuehl was at the forefront of the Indians’ offensive attack with a game-high 20 points.
Neither team could muster much offense in a low-scoring first half. The Indians built a slim 10-6 lead by the end the first quarter and led 19-11 at halftime.
Hopwood drilled a 3-pointer and Young scored a bucket that shaved Indianola’s lead to 25-18 at one point in the third. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, Indianola staved off the rally and went on to expand its lead to 38-22 by the end of the quarter.
Ottumwa launched a gritty comeback at the genesis of the fourth quarter that whittled the Indians’ lead down to nine points. However, the imposing task of mounting a large comeback was made even more difficult for the Bulldogs when their leading scorer Carter Burns was whistled for his fifth foul later in the quarter.
With Burns on the sideline, The Indians once again stymied Ottumwa’s comeback attempt and went on to pick up the victory.
Ottumwa (1-15, 1-8) plays Des Moines East at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday at Evans Middle School Gymnasium in a CIML Metro game.