DES MOINES — The Ottumwa boys basketball team suffered from a dearth of offense in its 59-16 loss to West Des Moines Valley Tuesday.
A big reason for Ottumwa's lack of scoring was the effectiveness of the Tigers' press defense.
"The press really bothered us to start the game," Ottumwa coach Kevin Kanaskie said. "When you turn it over, that's one less opportunity you get on offense."
Ottumwa trailed the Tigers 44-11 at halftime and their ongoing offensive woes only worsened in the second half: the Bulldogs only managed to cobble together five more points in the game.
Nic Young led Ottumwa with nine points and corralled a team-high seven rebounds. In addition, Brok Hopwood added five points and drilled Ottumwa's only 3-pointer.
Kanaskie said after a rough game it can be easy to start pointing fingers, but his team needed to refrain from embracing that train of thought.
"We just need to keep improving and keep sticking together," he said.
Ottumwa (1-11, 1-5) plays host to Des Moines Lincoln at 7:45 p.m. Friday at Evans Middle School gymnasium.
WEST DES MOINES VALLEY 59, OTTUMWA 16
Ottumwa (16) — Matt Moreland 1, Brok Hopwood 5, Carter Burns 1, Nic Young 9. Totals 5-25 FG 5-11 FT 59.
3-point goals — 1-12 (Hopwood). Fouled out —None. Rebounds — 17 (Young 7). Assists — 3 (Andrew Altfillisch, Curtis Schneckloth, Burns). Steals — 5 (Altfillisch 2). Blocks — 3 (Burns 2). Total fouls — 15. Turnovers — 20.