Explosive offense and oppressive defense has the Blue Springs South boys basketball team off to a strong start this season.
Most recently, the Jaguars routed Truman 66-36 on Monday to move to the William Jewell Holiday Classic Cardinal Division championship. They will put their 8-0 record to the test against Lee’s Summit West at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday with the chance for a second straight tournament title.
“I thought we did a really good job starting out the game defensively,” coach Jimmy Cain said. “We were communicating and we were in the right spots. I really liked our start and then guys came off the bench and even picked up the tempo from there.”
The Jaguars jumped out an early 10-2 lead and never looked back. They held Truman to just nine and four points in the second and third quarters before ballooning the lead to 34 points in the fourth.
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Four Jaguars finished in double figures with Kevin Puryear leading the way. He had 19, K.J. Robinson added 15 and Brandon Kilgore had 15. As a team, the Jaguars shot 61.5 percent.
Reid Titus led Truman with 10 points.
Lee’s Summit West 66, Liberty North 54
Even though the Lee’s Summit West boys basketball team is lacking experience, the Titans’ speed and athleticism has them playing for a Cardinal Division championship in the William Jewell Holiday Classic.
They forced 23 turnovers and used a dominant third quarter to sink Liberty North 66-54 on Monday and improve to 4-3 on the season. They will play Blue Springs South on Tuesday with a chance to win a fifth straight tournament title.
“We aren’t the biggest team in the world so you have to find ways to combat it,” coach Michael Schieber said. “We run and jump a lot trying to run team stuff and play basketball rather than run sets.”
The Titans went into halftime clinging to a two-point lead, but went five for six from beyond the arc in the third quarter, creating some separation. Freshman Mario Goodrich led the Titans with three three-pointers, and Jarred Dixon had a team-best 22 points.
Michael Hughes led the Eagles with a game-high 27 points. Liberty North will play for third place at 10 a.m.
Fort Osage 48, Smithville 47
If nothing else, Fort Osage’s winless start to the 2014 season has taught the Indians patience.
That was evident when they fought back from an 11-point deficit on Monday to defeat Smithville 48-47 in overtime and advance to the fifth-place game in the Cardinal Division of the William Jewell Holiday Classic. They improved to 1-7 with the victory.
“We made our first win of the year pretty entertaining,” coach Josh Wilson said. “We were able to finally make some shots and extend our pressure. When we do that we get easy looks by turning them over.”
The Indians were held to just one point in the second quarter but came roaring out of the break and scored nine straight points and 19 total, getting within two points by the fourth. They went 6 for 10 from the line in overtime.
Willie Penamon led the Fort Osage attack with 14 points.
Center 65, Winnetonka 49
A first-round upset left the Center Yellowjackets looking for answers at the William Jewell Holiday Classic.
They spent the off-day talking about their strengths, such as explosiveness on offense, and their weaknesses on defense and bounced back with a 65-49 victory against Winnetonka. They improved to 6-3 with the victory and advanced to the fifth-place game of the Cardinal Division where they will face Fort Osage at 10 a.m. Tuesday.
“We’ve been struggling here the last couple games so that was a good game for us,” coach Benny Moore said. “We really talked about the things we needed to do in order to win. These guys want to win and made the adjustments.”
Nathan Burrell led the Yellowjackets with 16 points and Angelo Allegri added 13 off the bench.
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