The Blue Springs South boys basketball team used a strong night at the free throw line to advance to the semifinals of the Shawnee Mission West Viking Classic.
The Jaguars shot 22 of 27 from the line to preserve a 49-30 halftime lead and post an 82-70 win over host Shawnee Mission West in the first round of the tournament Tuesday night.
"We played well in the first half, and it started with great energy on both ends of the court,” Jaguars coach Jimmy Cain said after his team improved to 7-5 overall and advanced to Friday’s 6:45 p.m. semifinal against Grandview. “We shot free throws well tonight, especially down the stretch to close out the game."
Camron Roustic tallied 17 points to lead South’s balanced attack. Cale Connors added 12, Jared Ravencamp and Caden Mauck each added 11 and Dorian Wright and Jaren Zimmerman each had eight.
ST. JOSEPH CENTRAL 59, BLUE SPRINGS 53: Blue Springs faltered in the fourth quarter defensively and fell into the consolation bracket of the CW Stessman Liberty Tournament as a result.
Leading 40-32 entering the final quarter, the Wildcats were outscored 27-13 by St. Joseph Central and dropped to 7-6 overall.
“We did a good job in the third quarter getting ourselves a lead and slowing down (Matt) Austin and (Jaiden) Bristol,” Wildcats coach Adam Jones said. “But in the fourth we didn't stay disciplined with our rebounding, giving up second and third opportunities to some of their other guys. St. Joseph knocked down those chances. Tough to win games giving up 27 points in the fourth quarter. Central did a good job forcing us to play their style of basketball.”
Daniel Parker Jr. scored 13 of his team-high 16 points in the second half to lead the Wildcats. Tyree King added 13 and Cory Bonner had 10.
Austin totaled 20 to lead Central.
Blue Springs meets Center or Columbia Hickman in a consolation bracket game at 4 p.m. Thursday.
NORTH KANSAS CITY 70, TRUMAN 58: A fourth-quarter comeback fell short as Truman was stopped by the host Hornets in the first round of the North Kansas City Invitational Tuesday.
“We always seem to get behind early and keep fighting to come back,” Truman coach Rod Briggs said. “We don't ever quit. We have to get off to better starts. Our defense needs to tighten up against better teams along with our rebounding.”
The Patriots fell behind 16-3 after one quarter and trailed 54-37 entering the final period before outscoring the Hornets 21-16 to finish the game.
Max Titus scored 19 points, Zion Piper and Cordell Hall each added nine and Don Edmondson added eight. Hall sank two 3-pointers and scored all nine of his points in the fourth quarter to fuel the Truman rally.
The Patriots meet St. Pius X or Columbia Rock Bridge in a consolation bracket game at 3:30 p.m. today.
SHERWOOD 55, VAN HORN 46: Despite being shut out in the second quarter Tuesday, Van Horn clinged to a 21-20 halftime lead.
The Falcons, though, couldn’t stave off Sherwood in the second half in a Crossroads Conference home loss.
Van Horn sank five 3-pointers and led 21-9 after the first quarter but was outscored 11-0 in the second. Sherwood grabbed a lead with a 15-10 advantage in the third and held on as Nick Miles scored 25 of his game-high 33 points in the second half.
Terrion Seddens scored 12 points and Xavier Marrero added eight to lead Van Horn (1-11, 0-2 conference).
WINNETONKA 76, FORT OSAGE 60: The Indians held a 13-point lead at one point and were up six at halftime against the Griffons, but Winnetonka went on a 12-0 run to start the second half and never looked back to hand Fort Osage a loss Tuesday.
Isaiah Wilson paced the Indians (2-10) with 16 points, Ky’von Smith added 12 and Jared Pierceall had nine.
“They went to a zone defense and we got open looks but just couldn’t hit them,” Fort Osage coach Josh Wilson said. “We weren’t able to defend them well at all in the second half. The shots they were missing before were falling in the second half.”
LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 71, LIBERTY 58: The Broncos had three players in double figures to post a victory over Liberty Tuesday in the first round of CW Stessman Liberty Tournament.
Elijah Farr led the Broncos with 14 points and Logan Jenkins and Tyler Aeilts both put in 11.
North outscored the Blue Jays 18-12 in the second quarter to snap a 22-22 tie after the first and then pulled away with a 17-8 advantage in the final quarter.
The Broncos advance to Thursday's 8:30 p.m. semifinal against Rockhurst.