OTTAWA – The snowstorm wasn’t the only thing the Osawatomie boys’ basketball team had to worry about Monday afternoon.
Osawatomie had the task of slowing down the top point scorer in boys’ prep basketball history in the state of Kansas: Ottawa senior Semi Ojeleye.
Ojeleye, who has signed to play for Duke University, proved too much for the Trojans to contain.
Ojeleye scored 42 points for the undefeated Ottawa Cyclones, who are the top-ranked team in the state, in a 90-38 victory in the first round of the Class 4A substate tournament. The Trojans finished the season with a record of 3-17.
The game was moved up three hours ahead of the originally-scheduled time of 7 p.m. because of weather.
It was tough sledding for Osawatomie for most of the afternoon against a talented Ottawa squad.
Ottawa didn’t waste any time putting away the contest.
The Cyclones outscored the Trojans 27-5 in the first quarter before using a 23-12 second quarter to extend their advantage to 52-17 at halftime.
Ottawa pulled its starters in the fourth quarter after it went on a 30-10 third-quarter run. Osawatomie won the fourth quarter 11-10.
Cole Rayl led Osawatomie with 14 points. Austin Chisam contributed 11 points. Riley England had seven points and Morgan Soucie six.
Seniors playing in their final game for the Trojans were Chisam, Jake Allen and Brandon Gaines.