The Lee’s Summit boys came out with the fire, but it was Shawnee Mission South’s cool reserve that won the game.
The Raiders fought through an early barrage of three-pointers and shot 51 percent from the field on their way to a 52-47 victory in the Hy-Vee Shootout at Avila University on Saturday night.
The Raiders were able to be successful by limiting their turnovers, committing just six in the game while forcing 12 from the Tigers.
“We wanted to play our tempo,” SM South coach Brett McFall said. “They like to play pretty fast, and we wanted to control that. They came out shooting lights out, and I told our guys we had to keep lights out and hopefully they wouldn’t continue to shoot like that.”
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Despite hitting each of their first three shots from behind the arc, the Tigers did cool off and finished seven-for-20 in the game. They shot 40 percent from the field overall.
One of the biggest three-pointers came with 1:30 left in the game when Lee’s Summit’s Blake Spellman drained one that tied the game after the Tigers had trailed since the middle of the first quarter.
Shawnee Mission South responded, though. Raiders captains Brain Harness and C.J. Hill locked down the victory with five consecutive points that ended the game. Harness and Hill were collectively three for four on free throws in the final minute.
“We bowed our back, bounced back, had some good possessions and got some stops down the stretch,” McFall said.
Hill led the Raiders with 18 points off an eight-for-13 performance from the field. Harness added 15 and Anei Anei joined them in double figures with 11.
Drew Lock, who has committed to play football at Missouri next season, led the Tigers with 16 points, and Aaron Washington added 11.
Hill attributed the Raiders’ confidence to team unity and their ability to bounce back from a pair of tough losses already this year.
“It was tough, but we deal with runs really well,” Hill said. “We took two losses early in the season. We’ve learned from that and became a better team because of it.”
Lawrence 79, Barstow 75, triple OT
After fighting through three overtimes, Lawrence finally emerged the victor. Even better, the Chesty Lions did it on Coach Mike Lewis’ birthday.
“There is nothing better going into Christmas break,” senior guard Anthony Bonner said. “It’s better than any Christmas gift especially on coach’s birthday. It’s amazing. That’s the biggest win I’ve ever had.”
Bonner led Lawrence with 28 points, including 18 after regulation. He went seven for eight from the free-throw line in the final 2 minutes.
Justin Roberts added 26 points for Lawrence, and John Barbee pulled down 15 rebounds.
Barstow’s Jeriah Horne scored a game-high 32 points with 20 rebounds.
Lawerence was coming in off a 39-33 victory over crosstown rival Lawrence Free State on Friday night.
Shawnee Mission East 55, Raytown 48
SM East coach Shawn Hair knows his Lancers are not the most athletic team in the area so they have chosen to emphasize free-throw shooting.
It paid off Saturday when the Lancers knocked down 14 consecutive free throws in the fourth quarter on their way to a 55-48 victory against Raytown. East made 17 of 19 for the game.
“We missed a couple easy ones, but won it from the line down the stretch,” Hair said. “We haven’t shot the ball really well from the free-throw line this year, but we were lucky.”
Joey Wentz led the way for the Lancers with 19 points, and Lucas Jones had 15.
Jailen Gill led Raytown with 17 points.
Blue Springs South 48, BV West 47
With both offenses shooting well above 50 percent in the game, it only made sense that the final decisive play would be a defensive one in the final game of the Hy-Vee Shootout.
Blue Springs South battled back from a two-point halftime deficit and preserved a one-point victory by forcing a turnover with less than 7 seconds left.
“Our kids did a great job adjusting at halftime,” Blue Springs South coach Jimmy Cain said.
“We plugged the lane a little bit more in the second half and I felt like we had been chasing guys on the perimeter when we didn’t really need to be.”
Blue Springs South’s Kevin Puryear led all scorers with 18 points.