OTTUMWA — The Creon Reed Show was in full effect on Friday night.

Ottumwa’s defense made this flashy flick a little too entertaining for Polar Bears hoops fans.

Reed got a little help from his friends along the way in a prime time CIML Metro showdown at Evans Middle School that got out of hand.

This time slot was awfully entertaining, but there was no pleasant ending as Chad Ryan’s run-and-gun, free-form offense lit up Evans in a 90-73 dismantling of the Bulldogs’ defense.

“It was the worst defense I’ve seen since I’ve been here — in seven years,” said Ottumwa head coach Chris Gravett. “We were pretty much like a saloon door on defense. We just opened up and air came in. It was unbelievable.”

Reed went behind the back, to the rim and thrived from the perimeter. The North guard threw down five long-range daggers that were absolute bombs. He led all scorers with 36 points. Reed, who is the fourth-leading scorer in the large-school class in the state, is being recruited by Indian Hills Community College.

If Friday night was any indication, the city of Ottumwa would be a comfortable spot for the North baller.

“I have shown a lot of interest in Indian Hills,” said Reed, who threw up an amazing total of 31 shots.

He’s quick to point out this Polar Bear team is not all about him.

“This team is not the Creon Reed Show,” said Reed.

As evident by his senior point guard teammate Kendall Brown, who lit up the scoreboard for 30 points and crammed a power-pump dunk down with 1:40 left in the third quarter to make the score 60-44.

Reed helped North beat the defending state champ Ames and Harrison Barnes 44-42 in a scrimmage earlier this year.

Ryan’s teams love to score. The team is also dangerous, as Ryan says his squad is three plays away from an 8-3 record.

Ryan talked about his guard tandem, who scored two-thirds of North’s points.

“We know where our bread is buttered. It’s buttered with our guards — Kendall and Creon,” said Ryan.

Ryan is turning the North program around.

“Before I was here, North won five games in four years. They slowed it down and ran the flex offense. You’ve got to coach with what you’ve got. I have kids that like to play it fast,” said Ryan.

Reed beat Ottumwa on a buzzer-beater in the first game of the year against the Bulldogs — a game Ryan called a battle.

This second installment couldn’t have been any more different.

North raced out an 11-0 lead with 3:20 left in the first period. It seemed Ottumwa never really recovered from that early onslaught.

“The beginning of the game pretty much told the whole story. We were just allowing them to do pretty much what they wanted to,” said Gravett.

Ottumwa trailed 16-3 at one point in the first period, but closed that gap to 19-10 after period one after a Michael Wetrich 3-pointer beat the buzzer.

Wetrich was on fire from long-range as he stuck down six 3-pointers on the night to lead the Bulldogs in scoring with 25. Back-to-back Wetrich 3’s late in the second quarter made the halftime score 35-26 in North’s favor.

Ottumwa shot a sizzling 7-10 from long range.

Ben Ryder had a solid game down low with 21 points for Ottumwa. He also ripped down eight rebounds. Ryder’s putback capped an 8-0 right out of the break. Ottumwa trailed 35-28 just 30 seconds into the second half at that point.

The game would get no closer as North’s 11-0 run midway through the third quarter essentially sealed it.

The up-tempo contest spelled disaster for Ottumwa — who wields a ball-control type offense predicated on staunch man-to-man defense.

“We got caught up in a game we cannot play. We’ll get beat every time if we do that,” said Gravett, a 1996 OHS grad.

North improved to 5-6 overall and 4-2 in the league. Ottumwa (6-5, 2-4) hosts second-ranked Johnston this Tuesday.

Des Moines North 90, Ottumwa 73

DMN 19 16 29 26 — 90

OTT 10 16 23 24 — 73

DES MOINES NORTH (90) — Creon Reed 11-31 9-12 36, Kendall Brown 14-21 1-3 30, Corey McMillan 3-5 2-4 9, Corbin McCuller 4-6 1-1 9, Jerome Strong 2-2 0-1 4, Zach Smith 1-1 0-0 2, Darius Clemons 0-1 0-0 0, Jerry Jones 0-0 0-0, Mike Rundle 0-0 0-0 0, Dante Maricle 0-0 0-0 0, Darryn Brooks 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 35-67 13-21 90.

3-point goals — 7-24 (Reed 5, Brown, McMillan). Fouled out — None. Rebounds — 33 (Jones 7, McMillan 6). Steals — 7 (Brown 2). Total fouls — 17. Turnovers — 20.

OTTUMWA (73) — Michael Wetrich 7-15 5-9 25, Ben Ryder 7-11 7-7 21, Ben Kramer 4-7 2-2 10, Erik Thorgaard 2-5 0-0 5, Aaron Keith 1-1 2-4 4, Justin Rusch 1-3 0-1 2, Zach Throckmorton 1-1 0-1 2, Nathan Jay 1-1 0-0 2, Blake Miller 0-1 1-2 1, Jordan McDonald 0-1 1-2 1, Adam Goodvin 0-2 0-0 0, Oliver Rojo 0-0 0-0 0, J.C. Salter 0-1 0-0 0, Tyler Granneman 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-49 18-28 73.

3-point goals — 7-10 (Wetrich 6, Thorgaard). Fouled out — None. Rebounds — 25 (Ryder 8, Thorgaard 4, Wetrich 3). Steals — 6 (Wetrich 2). Total fouls — 12. Turnovers — 15.


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