The Ottumwa Courier


February 11, 2013

Scarlets hold off Bulldogs, 61-54

DES MOINES —  The Ottumwa boys basketball team fell to CIML Metro Conference opponent Des Moines East 61-54 despite getting 23 points from Carter Burns.

Burns scored 16 of his 23 points in the second half. The Bulldogs also got a great offensive effort out of Kyle Keck, who finished with 14 points.

“He hit a couple tonight when he was open,” Ottumwa coach Chris Gravett said.

Austin Walker added 11 points and drilled three 3-pointers.

“I thought in the first half we were ready offensively, but we were a little flat defensively,” Gravett said.

The Bulldogs, who trailed 30-19 at the half, started the second half on an 8-0 run spearheaded by Burns, who accounted for six of the eight points. The surge was capped off by a Walker 3 that shaved East’s lead to 34-31. The Scarlets, however, poured in five straight points to extend their lead back to eight. The sequence served as a microcosm of the half, with East able to ward off Ottumwa’s attempts to mount a comeback.

Ottumwa whittled East’s lead down to 53-47 in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, courtesy of a huge 3-pointer by Keck and a two-hand dunk by Burns. Ottumwa, however, wouldn’t get any closer. The Bulldogs struggled to stop Malique Ziegler, who scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half.

Ottumwa (1-18, 1-11) plays Fairfield today at Evans Middle School on senior night.

Des Moines East 61, Ottumwa 54

Ottu    14     7  15  18    — 54        

East      19  11  16  15    — 61    

Ottumwa (54) — Carter Burns 23, Austin Walker 11, Kyle Keck 14, Andrew Altfillisch 4, Charlie Altfillisch 2. Totals 21 FG 3-8 FT 61.

3-point goals — 7 (Walker 3). Fouled out — Walker, Keck. Total fouls — 16. Turnovers — 20.

DM East (61) — Malique Ziegler 21, Devontae Buckner 4, Xavier James 1, Ted Kofoed 5, William Jackson 14, Ra’Shawn Ryan 2, Dillon Hernandez 10, Jonathon Harrington 4. Totals 33 FG 14-22 FT 61.

3-point goals — 3 (Ziegler 2). Total fouls — 13.

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