Cougars use strong defensive effort to shred Bobcats, 89-38

HAMLET — New Prairie’s defensive pressure proved much too much for the Bobcats, and Oregon-Davis lost its weather-rescheduled Bi-County opener by a lopsided 89-38 margin at The Den Wednesday.
OD surrendered 16 turnovers in the first quarter for 19 New Prairie points as the Cougars opened up a 25-6 advantage heading into the second frame. All total, the opportunistic visitors capitalized on 32 turnovers by the Bobcats for 32 points en route to the win, advancing to face Bremen in the semifinals Friday at LaVille at 6:30 p.m.
“I thought their pressure got to us early on,” said first-year OD head coach Matt Crawford. “He (New Prairie head coach Chad Cripe) had them ready to go; they pressured us, and we weren’t ready for their pressure.”
In addition to their miscues, the Bobcats scuffled to a 14-for-43 (30 percent) clip from the floor. About the only bright spot at the game for OD was senior guard Craig McIntosh, who put up 12 points with five rebounds, a steal and an assist in the bruising loss.
“Craig does a great job,” Crawford said. “He’s one of those kids that always gives effort no matter what the circumstances of the game. He always brings it. Craig’s a great kid.”
It was the 20th straight loss for OD stretching back to a defeat at Elkhart Christian last January. The Bobcats are 0-10 this year in Crawford’s first year taking over for three-season skipper Matt Richie.
“We’ve taken our lumps, but it’s all about getting better,” Crawford said. “We tell our kids we’re going to get one percent better every day. We’re not going to give up. We’re not going to give up on each other. I’m not going to give up on them. They deserve that. It all starts with me. If I come in with a positive, upbeat attitude, the kids will follow suit.”
OD continues to search for its first win of the season in the consolation round of the Bi-County Friday at LaVille at 6:30 p.m. EST. The Bobcats will face Argos, which lost a 60-37 decision to Bremen in the first round of the tourney Tuesday. It was against Argos the Bobcats earned their last win Jan. 13 of 2010. OD and the Dragons were originally scheduled for a game last Friday that was postponed due to inclement weather.
“We were going to play them last Friday, but we got snowed out. They do a pretty good job,” said Crawford. “They’ll get after us. They’ve got a real good point guard that shoots the ball well. They’ve got a really good sophomore guard/ forward combo player for them that does a good job off the dribble. We’re going to have to be real good at doing our stuff and have an upbeat attitude going into Friday night.”
The JV Bobcats also lost their opener with New Prairie 52-22 Monday night.
At Hamlet (Bi-County 1st round)
Score by quarters
NP: 25 47 72 89
OD: 6 18 26 38
NEW PRAIRIE (89): Jasen Webb 4 1-3 9, Zach Rehlander 4 3-4 12, Tyler Szynal 3 1-2 9, Mitchell Mrozinski 3 7-9 13, Aaron Bladecki 2 4-4 8, Austin Ginter 3 1-2 7, Matt Winter 7 2-3 16, Noah Shail 2 0-0 6, Derek Scott 1 0-1 3, C.J. Kowalski 1 4-5 6, Kyle Brammer 0 0-0 0; Totals: 30 23-33 89.
OREGON-DAVIS (38): Dalton Taylor 0 0-0 0, Craig McIntosh 3 6-8 12, Dylan Shively 0 0-0 0, Nolan Coffin 3 0-0 7, Jacob Jones 2 0-0 5, Zach Taylor 0 0-0 0, Blake Hurford 4 0-0 8, Zach Johnston 2 0-0 6; Totals: 14 6-8 38.
3-point goals: New Prairie 6 (Szynal 2, Shail 2, Scott, Rehlander), Oregon-Davis 4 (Coffin, Jones); Turnovers: New Prairie 12, Oregon-Davis 32; Rebounds: New Prairie 32 (Morzinski 8), Oregon-Davis 25 (Z. Taylor 7); Steals: New Prairie 21 (Rehlander 6), Oregon-Davis 6 (Z. Taylor 2); Assists: New Prairie 13 (Rehlander 3, Ginter 3), Oregon-Davis 6 (Z. Taylor 2, Jones 2); Fouls (fouled out): New Prairie 16 (none), Oregon-Davis 24 (Hurford, Z. Taylor).
Records: Oregon-Davis 0-10, New Prairie 8-4.