It was the blowout that was expected when the Otero Junior College men's basketball team hosted the Adams State University JV team Wednesday at the McDivitt Center. However, the visiting Grizzlies made things a little interesting in the second half.

The Rattlers led 57-36 at halftime, but Adams State closed to within a single-digit deficit midway through the second half. But OJC rallied big in the latter stages to win 120-82.

"It took us a while to get rolling," said OJC coach Cole Dewey. "We had two big emotional wins this past weekend against Colby and Northwest Kansas Tech. I thought we were going to have two good practices on Monday and Tuesday after that and we just didn't. I think it carried over into this game. We have to be better prepared in practice so that this doesn't happen."

Adams State led early, but Otero came back to take a 9-6 lead. The Grizzlies took a four-point lead before the Rattlers scored six straight points to go in front at 20-18.

The Grizzlies tied the score, but the Rattlers scored seven straight points. After an Adams State 3-pointer, OJC went on a 30-13 run to take a 21-point lead at halftime.

The Grizzlies came out hot for the second half and they scored 11 of the first nine points of the period to close within 59-47.

The Rattlers recovered and led 71-55. However, the Grizzlies scored seven consecutive points and reduced their deficit to 71-62 with 11:13 left in the game.

After that it was all Rattlers as they went on a 49-20 run and they went on to win by 38.

All of the Rattlers played and all scored. But there were six who scored in double figures.

A.J. Youngman and Vaniel Vidal led OJC with 15 points apiece. Reggie Gibson scored 14, Darius Chester and Wesley Harris both scored 13 and Sam Mack scored 10.

Three Grizzlies scored in double figures with Brandon Harms leading with 25 points. Reece Metler abd Jordan Morris both scored 13.

OJC outrebounded Adams State 66-36. Wesley Harris led with 16.

Otero (8-2) will next play at Garden City (Kan.) Community College on Monday.

"That'll be a fun game for me, because I used to coach there about six years ago," Dewey said. "Actually, the head coach I worked for is not there anymore because he took a Division 1 job about two months ago, but I do know the whole staff there and the AD. I'm still friends with a lot of people in the community, so it'll be fun for me. hopefully, the guys are ready to rock-and-roll in Monday."

Otero 120, Adams State JV 82

Adams State JV - Garcia 1-5 0-0 3, Jackson 2-9 2-2 6, Harms 7-12 8-13 25, Earnest 4-14, 1-1 9, Metler 5-12 0-0 13, Peterson 1-3 0-0 3, Boyd 1-1 2-2 4, Morris 3-11 4-5 13, Murphy 2-5 0-0 6. Total 26-72 17-23 82.

3-point goals - Garcia 1-3, Jackson 0-4, Harms 3-5, Earnest 0-4, Metler 3-8, Peterson 1-2, Morris 3-10, Murphy 2-4. Total 13-40.

Otero - Chester 5-10 3-3 13, Youngman 6-11 2-4 15, W. Harris 3-6 7-12 13, Gibson 5-77 1-2 14, Mack 3-9 3-4 10, J. Harris 2-3 0-0 4, Jackson 2-9 3-3 7, K. Harris 2-5 2-4 6, Vidal 5-12 1-2 15, Levi 3-5 0-2 9, Lopez 2-3 0-0 5, Frazier 0-0 2-2 2, Ajanku 0-1 1-2 1, Montanez 2-3 0-0 6.

3-point goals - Chester 0-3, Youngman 1-6, Gibson 3-5, Mack 1-4, Jackson 0-3, K. Harris 0-1, Vidal 4-9, Levi 1-1, Lopez 1-1, Montanez 2-3. Total 13-36.

Halftime score - Otero 57, Adams State JV 36. Fouls - Adams State JV 28, Otero 18. Fouled out - Garcia, Jackson, Earnest; Levi. Technical foul - Otero bench. Turnovers - Adams State JV 15, Otero 8.

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