In a game that harkened back to the 1940s or maybe earlier, Kearney eked out a 19-18 double-overtime victory over O’Hara on Friday afternoon in the Niles Media Group Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament at William Jewell.
Kearney junior Tanner Owen provided the winning point in the Nelson Division consolation semifinal when he hit the front end of a 1-and-1 with 7 seconds left.
O’Hara grabbed the rebound on the missed free throw and raced down the floor. The Bulldogs’ defense prevented O’Hara from getting a good shot.
“I was glad the game was in my hands,” said Owen, who finished with a team-high eight points. “I always dream of the game being on the line and you being responsible for it. I was happy that I made it.”
No points were scored in the first overtime when Kearney decided to play the same hold-the-basketball style of offense as O’Hara. Kearney did get a trip to the free-throw line with 2.4 seconds left, but missed the front end of a 1-and-1.
O’Hara, which went into halftime trailing 16-13, held the ball for most of the second half. The only basket made in the third quarter was a three-pointer by C.J. Naudet that tied the game at 16-16.
Dray Starzl gave Kearney the lead early in the fourth quarter with a basket. Isaac Uche answered with a basket.
O’Hara got the ball back with close to 5 minutes left in the fourth quarter and held the ball the rest of the way. The Celtics called a few timeouts, but time ran out on them before they could get a shot off at the end of regulation.
Kearney, 4-2, will play William Chrisman for fifth place at 10 a.m. Monday.William Chrisman 64, Harrisonville 49
William Chrisman quickly extended a nine-point halftime lead to 15 points midway through the third quarter and went on to beat Harrisonville 64-49 in the Nelson Division consolation semifinal.
Junior Chris Horn led William Chrisman with 23 points and sophomore Randall Horn added 16.Blue Springs 62, Central 37
Two quick baskets by Kirk Finley midway through the first quarter gave Blue Springs a seven-point lead. The Wildcats never let up until the closing seconds of the game.
Finley finished with a game-high 16 points and helped Blue Springs easily defeat Central 62-37 Friday morning in the Patterson Division consolation semifinals.
Blue Springs, 3-4, will play for fifth place at 2 p.m. Monday against Fort Osage.Fort Osage 80, St. Joseph Central 74
St. Joseph Central senior Derek Gray won the personal scoring battle against Fort Osage sophomore Skylar Thompson, but Thompson and his teammates left the William Jewell court much happier.
Fort Osage used its fast-break offense to lead by double digits most of the second half and came away with an 80-74 victory against St. Joseph Central.
Gray went 13 for 23 from the field and finished with 35 points. Thompson was 9 for 18 from the field and made all 10 of his free throws for 29 points.