Any chance Blue Valley North had of winning its fourth straight Viking Classic came to an end on Friday night.
By CHARLES REDFIELD
Special to The Star
Blue Springs South was able to use its size and quickness to knock out the Mustangs 52-46 in the semifinals of the tournament at Shawnee Mission West.
Now it’s the Jaguars who have a title on the line. Blue Springs South will take its 13-1 record into the championship game against Rockhurst, 13-3, on Saturday at 4:30 p.m.Blue Springs South only trailed once against Blue Valley North. And that was early on when the Mustangs had a 4-2 lead.
The Jaguars led 17-10 at the end of the first quarter and then 25-19 at the half.
Still the Mustangs, 6-4, were hanging around and were down 36-29 heading into the fourth quarter. But Blue Springs South put together a 12-4 run at the start of the fourth and led 48-33 with just over 3 minutes left.
Senior Justin Pitts hit two three-pointers during the run.
The Mustangs tried to fight back but could not get closer than six points.
Blue Springs South was quick with its guards on the outside and really big on the inside. At times the Jaguars played 6-7 sophomore Kevin Puryear and 6-7 junior Kendall Blanton together. That helped the Jaguars to a 26-17 advantage on the boards, led by Puryear’s seven rebounds.
As far as the scoring, Pitts led the Jaguars with 12 points, and Puryear added nine.
The Blue Springs South defense forced the Mustangs into 16 turnovers.
Senior Scott Edwards scored a game-high 18 points for the Mustangs, and junior Jawan Emery had eight points and six rebounds.
Rockhurst tops SM West
In the other semifinal, Rockhurst senior Kyle Wolf was more than the host Vikings could handle.
Wolf, 6-6, scored a game-high 31 points as the Hawklets took down SM West 58-41.
Wolf was able to score from all over the floor. He had multiple baskets inside and added two three pointers. And Wolf kept up the pace all game: He was a perfect seven for seven from the floor in the second half.
The Vikings actually led 9-8 at the end of the first quarter, but Rockhurst forced six second-quarter turnovers with some tough half-court pressure.
The turnovers allowed the Hawklets to build a 26-20 lead by halftime. Wolf had his two threes in the second quarter and scored nine points in the quarter.
Rockhurst pushed its advantage to 42-31 after three quarters and had a 20-point lead in the fourth quarter before the bench players took over.
Rockhurst senior Tom Keller helped make things tough on the Vikings. Keller finished with 12 points.
The Hawklets were 13 of 23 from the field in the second half and finished the game 23 of 42 for 55 percent.
And again the Hawklets’ defense came through in the second half, forcing SM West to just six-of-24 shooting from the field.
Senior Jay Temaat paced the Vikings with 15 points. Kyle Summers added nine points, and junior Nick Banman came through with eight rebounds.
The Vikings will take a 6-4 record into Saturday’s third-place game against BV North at 3 p.m.
This is the last season for veteran SM West coach Mike Brinsko. It has been announced that his assistant coach Ryan Darst will take over after the season.