A third quarter drought derailed the Ottumwa boys basketball team in its 49-44 loss to Keokuk Friday.
After a dynamic first half, the Bulldogs came out flat on offense in the second half, as they only managed to score one point in third. Ottumwa’s scoring woes allowed the Chiefs to erase a six-point halftime deficit and recapture the game’s momentum. The result was a 12-point swing that gave Keokuk a 33-27 lead at the end of the third quarter.
“Right now we just don’t know how to win,” coach Chris Gravett said. “We don’t have that winning mentality.”
The Bulldogs re-found the magic on offense in the fourth, but it wasn’t enough to yield them a victory.
Another factor that shifted the game in Keokuk’s favor in the second was the emergence of Kendall Clark. The Chiefs 6-foot-8 big man had a quiet first half, but he came on strong in the second and eventually finished with a game-high 17 points.
After falling behind 7-0 to start the game, Ottumwa went on huge run, scoring 11 straight points to take an led 11-7 at the end of the quarter.
Brok Hopwood nailed a 3-pointer that gave the Bulldogs their first lead of the night at 9-7.
The second quarter started with a offensive fireworks from Ottumwa as Carter Burns, who finished with 11; kicked off the quarter with a slam off an alley-oop. Ottumwa continued to execute well on both sides of the floor and led 26-20 at halftime.
“In the first half we were dribbling with urgency,” Gravett said, “we were passing with a purpose.”
Jonny Dahl and Dan Williams accounted for 18 of Keokuk’s 20 first half points, as both Chiefs finished with nine points in the half.
Kyle Keck turned in one of his best offensive outings of year, finishing with a team-high 12 points.
“He shot the ball pretty well,” Gravett said.
Austin Walker chipped in nine for the Bulldogs.
Ottumwa (1-7, 1-2) plays at Des Moines Roosevelt Tuesday in a CIML Metro Conference game.
KEOKUK 49, OTTUMWA 44
OTTU 11 15 1 17 — 44
KEOK 7 13 13 16 — 49
OTTU (44) — Austin Walker 9, Kyle Keck 12, Andrew Altfillisch 6, Brok Hopwood 3, Charlie Altfillisch 5, Carter Burns 11. Totals 15FG 9-15 44.
3-point goals — 5 (Kyle Keck 2). Fouled out — None. Total fouls — 17.
KEOK (49) — Gabe Vandenberg 3, Dan Williams 16, Jonny Dahl 11, Kendall Clark 17, Chris Barclift 1, Ryan Hawkins 1. Keokuk - 16FG 13-23 49.
3-point goals — 4 (Dahl 3). Fouled out — None. Total fouls — 15.