Lawrence senior Jackson Mallory lofted a three-pointer from the corner that clanked off the rim, popped straight into the air and smacked the backboard. A teammate jumped for the rebound, only to watch the ball spin off the rim once more and fall into the cylinder.
The shooter’s roll was a welcomed sight a day after the Lions saw very few of them.
Lawrence made 14 three-pointers on its way to a 74-66 victory against Blue Valley Northwest in the Kansas Class 6A boys third-place game on Saturday at Charles Koch Arena.
“Wish we would’ve had some of those yesterday,” Lawrence coach Mike Lewis said with a smile.
A day after Lawrence, 22-3, made only four of its 23 three-pointers in a semifinal loss to Wichita Southeast, the Lions made 14 of 24 attempts Saturday.
Justin Roberts had six three-pointers, the driving force behind his 31 points. Mallory made four threes and scored 15 points.
“We just had a great season, so we wanted to end on a win, on a positive note,” Mallory said.
Darien Jackson scored 31 for Blue Valley Northwest, 19-6, which was 0-for-8 from behind the three-point line.