Head coach Neil Hartz wanted his Ottumwa boys basketball team to get one more game under its belt before the winter break. The Bulldogs last week jumped at the chance to add Pella Christian to the schedule, and OHS made the most of the opportunity Tuesday night.
Ottumwa led by as many as 20 points in the second half, and cruised to a 58-43 road win over the Eagles. The Bulldogs head into winter break with a 4-2 record, having won three games in a row.
Playing on back-to-back nights after winning at Oskaloosa on Monday, the Bulldogs were led by Adam Greiner, who scored 15 points, 11 of which came after halftime. All-state senior Trae Swartz, still playing his way back into playing shape after a battle with illness, added 13 points to the Ottumwa total. Kie Glosser pulled down eight rebounds to boost a balanced effort that frustrated Pella Christian on both ends of the floor.
The first quarter was a back-and-forth affair, with Ottumwa holding a 14-11 lead after the opening eight minutes. The Bulldogs then turned up the heat on defense in the second quarter, holding the Eagles without a point for four and a half minutes and expanding the lead to 11 points. Pella Christian would never get closer than eight points the rest of the night.
Eight different players scored for Ottumwa on the night, including Joe Hammer and Armani Robinson, who totaled seven points each. OHS only hit four three-pointers in the game, but found ways to score consistently inside against the taller Pella Christian squad.
Ottumwa’s next scheduled game is Tuesday, January 5th at Des Moines North.