Midway through the third quarter, Blue Springs South stared at an 11-point deficit. The timeout that coach Jimmy Cain called worked. It also sucked all the momentum out of Park Hill South.
The Jaguars bolted to a lead and took over the game. Thanks to an impressive 8-minute stretch, Blue Springs South came away with a 60-54 victory Monday evening in the Nelson Division championship game of the Niles Media Group Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament at William Jewell.
“I am really proud of the fact that we talked about defense at halftime and our kids really responded,” Cain said. “I thought defense was the key.”
The Panthers definitely looked in control when they built their largest lead of 39-28 on a basket by senior Evan Hines with 4 minutes, 14 seconds left in the third quarter.
After the timeout, the Jaguars were ready to roll.
“We kept our composure when the chips were down,” said Puryear, who finished with a game-high 18 points. “Our leaders really stepped up.”
With 1:05 left in the third quarter, Blue Springs South took a 40-39 lead on a basket by 6-8 senior forward Kendall Blanton.
It appeared Park Hill South had weathered the run when it went back in front on a basket by senior forward Hudson Welty.
But that was only a minor hiccup for the Jaguars.
“We were finally able to get some stops and do some things defensively that allowed ourselves to get out and run a little bit,” Cain said.
The final quarter started well for the Jaguars and they went on to win.
The win lifted Blues Springs South to 6-1. Park Hill South dropped to 6-3.Third: Rockhurst 59, Lincoln Prep 47
Rockhurst started strong and finished that way in a 59-47 victory over Lincoln Prep. The Hawklets scored 17 points in the first quarter and 23 in the fourth quarter.
Cartier Dean, Noah Spencer and Adam Bowers all scored in double figures for Rockhurst. Lincoln Prep’s Micah Smith led all scorers with 19.
Fifth: William Chrisman 60, Kearney 53
Junior guard Chris Horn scored 21 points on only nine shots and helped the Bears to a 60-53 victory over Kearney.
Horn was four for seven from three-point range and also knocked down five of six from the free-throw line.
Kearney post players Tanner Owen (17) and Dray Starzl (15) combined for 32 points.