Coming into Thursday night’s game in the Niles Media Group Holiday Classic at William Jewell, Grandview was focused on shutting down senior guard Brock Mick of Smithville.
By KATHLEEN GIER
The Kansas City Star
He scored 13 points but got into early foul trouble allowing Grandview to cruise to a 76-43 victory.
Smithville trailed by just three points at the end of the first quarter, but was outscored 22-14 in the next period with Mick on the bench. In the second half, Smithville managed just 13 points while shooting 19.2 percent.
“I think we just got better offensively,” Grandview head coach Randy Farris said. “We were putting defensive pressure on and had some lapses. We went zone a couple times and they got a couple threes because we didn’t close out and didn’t play aggressively enough, but we straightened that out at halftime.”
The Bulldogs were playing without senior center Wesley Nosakhare but had four players finish in double figures, led by Tyrone Taylor who had 17 points.
Park Hill 55, Pleasant Hill 49
After trailing by as many as 14 points, Pleasant Hill cut the Park Hill lead to three points with 36.6 seconds on the clock but could get no closer.
Then trailing by four points, Justin Orpin got a steal and called a quick timeout with 25 seconds on the clock, but the Roosters failed to score. Park Hill’s Deionte Wilson put the game out of reach with a pair of free throws.
Landry Shamet scored a game-high 17 points for the Trojans and Derrick Spears led the Roosters with 14 points including a three-for-five performance from beyond the arc.
Liberty 64, St. Pius X 21
Top-seeded Liberty rolled to victory against St. Pius.
By the end of the first quarter, the Blue Jays had built a 25-9 lead — and they kept building. They pushed the lead to 41-16 by the end of the half while shooting 58 percent from the field. They finished with a 52 percent mark for the game.
St. Pius X failed to score in double figures in any of the four quarters and scored just five points in the second half while shooting 5 percent from the field.
AJ Cambric, who played just nine minutes and fouled out in the first half, tied Kellan Turner to lead the Blue Jays with 12 points. He was six-for-seven from the field.
Raytown 76, Truman 62
Junior forward Jailen Gill scored 37 points and led Raytown to victory. Raytown improved to 6-2 with the victory and will face top-seeded Liberty at 7:30 p.m. in the Cardinal Division semifinals.
Gill shot 17-for-22 from the field and recorded 16 rebounds for the game’s only double-double. Deandre Young and Reid Titus led the Patriots with 18 and 16 points respectively.