Courier sports staff
The Ottumwa boys basketball team was hindered by an abundance of turnovers and a cold shooting night in its 68-38 loss to CIML conference opponent Des Moines North Friday.
Carter Burns led the Bulldogs with 12 points and corralled a team-high eight rebounds.
“He’s having to fight for everything he gets inside and outside,” Ottumwa coach Chris Gravett said. “We need to have some other guys make some shots.”
The Polar Bears’ swarming defense really got to the Bulldogs, as they committed 28 turnovers.
“We continue to do the same fundamental things wrong,” Ottumwa coach Chris Gravett said. “We had more turnovers than shots in the first half.”
North’s Teyontae Jenkins, a shifty point guard with scary quickness, stripped Matt Moreland and sped down court and converted on a layup while being fouled by the Bulldogs young guard. Moments later, Jenkins scored inside on a slick hesitation move. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs struggled to take care of the ball, as the Polar Bears ubiquitous presence on defense was giving Ottumwa all kinds of trouble. By the end of the first quarter, the Bulldogs trailed North 21-5.
Brok Hopwood gave the Bulldogs a boost with a fearless drive down the lane that he banked in off the glass while drawing a blocking foul. Unfortunately, his free throw was off the mark. A few possessions later, Burns drove into heavy traffic and converted on a difficult shot inside. Yet the flashes of offense weren’t enough to cut into the Polar Bears lead. Terrance Bush Jr. drilled a three-pointer from U.S. Highway 63 a couple right before halftime to put North up 34-9.
Ottumwa’s Kyle Keck got his defender up in the air with a nice pump fake before converting on a layup in the third quarter. The Bulldogs made a conscious effort to get the ball to Burns in the third quarter, who managed to get some points despite being constantly double-teamed. The Bulldogs trailed 53-20 by the end of the third quarter.
Austin Walker squared up and knocked down a mid-range jumper early in the fourth quarter. Then Burns rebounded a missed three-pointer by Moreland and stuck it back in with his defender right in his face. But turnovers and poor shooting continued to plague Ottumwa and the Polar Bears went on to pick up the victory.
“I think we’re getting good enough shots and there just not falling,” Charlie Altfillisch said, “ and we’re not getting enough shots because we turn the ball over so much.”
Ottumwa (1-14, 1-10) play host to Mount Pleasant Monday.
Des Moines North 68, Ottumwa 38
North 21 15 17 15 — 68
Ottum 5 6 9 18 — 38
DM North (68) — Terrance Bush Jr. 23, Ben Hayes 4, Jamaal Dudley 5, Teyontae Jenkins 21, Neico Greene 5, Josh Swagler 1, Samuel Williams Jr. 3 . Totals 19 FG 8-13 FT 38.
3-point goals — 8 (Bush Jr. 3, Jenkins 3) Total fouls — 13.
Ottumwa (38) — Carter Burns 12, Austin Walker 7, Kyle Keck 2, Brok Hopwood 2, Matthew Moreland 4, Aaron Roane 4, Sam Moreland 3, Charlie Altfillisch 1. Totals 13-37 FG 6-10 FT .
3-point goals — 0-10. Rebounds — 24 (Burns 8). Assists — 8 (C. Altfillisch 3). Steals — 4 (Burns 2). Total fouls — 18. Turnovers — 28.