Regardless of its lead, Lee’s Summit once again showed it will not ease up. A perfect example came early in the third quarter in the Tigers’ 83-58 victory over Center in a Patterson Division semifinal game of the William Jewell holiday basketball tournament.
Leading 52-31 with 6 minutes left in the third quarter. Lee’s Summit 6-foot-6 senior forward Isiah Sears held his ground and took a charge when a Center player barreled into him.
Sears hit the ground, and Lee’s Summit coach Blake Little jumped up and applauded the play.
“That is what it is all about,” Little said. “You have to have kids willing to sacrifice. I felt we had other opportunities in the game, but we didn’t step over and do it. You have to have all your guys do it. If you only have two guys doing it, then your team is not ready to play.
“Hopefully, we will be ready to go tomorrow and willing to do the dirty work.”
The Tigers did plenty of things for Little to cheer. Senior guards Nick Larkin and Blake Spellman pushed the ball up court, and that led to numerous layups. By the end of the first quarter, Lee’s Summit held a 27-10 lead.
“That is how we play; that’s our game to run up and down and play some good defense,” said Larkin, who finished with 21 points.
Center played better in the second quarter but still went into halftime trailing 45-28.
“I thought that first quarter was as well as we could play,” Little said. “We were really good coming out of the gate.”