A new-look Fort Osage boys basketball team has a winning start.
The host Indians held off Liberty North for a tense 51-49 victory Tuesday night.
“We missed a bunch of free throws down the stretch, but Will Penamon had a big steal to steal it,” said Fort Osage coach Josh Wilson, whose team got outscored 18-13 in the fourth quarter.
“It was a great team win,” said Wilson. “We have a new look this year. It was a good win over a good team.”
Fort Osage, which led 24-23 at halftime, was paced by Brian Starr’s 14 points and nine rebounds. Bailey Williamson added eight points, Penamon seven and Skylar Thompson and Logan Haugmo six each.
WILLIAM CHRISMAN 73, EAST 43: It was easy for William Chrisman and new coach Chad Wright to open the season with a victory.
A 38-26 halftime lead lifted the Bears, as Chris Horn scored 18 points, Brett Pendergist 17, Eli Henderson 11 and Randall Horn nine.
“We had some mistakes on offense but made up for it with hustle,” Wright said. “We played well but have a lot of work to do on defense.”
METRO ACADEMY 64, VAN HORN 51: A 17-5 first quarter deficit was too much for Van Horn to overcome in an opening-round game in the Summit Christian Academy Tournament.
“A young team came out tight,” Van Horn coach Daniel Bieser said. “We played hard.”
Isaiah Gotsis scored 19 points and J.J. Rivers 11 to power the Falcons.
Van Horn meets the SCA-Kansas City East Christian loser at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the consolation bracket.
GRAIN VALLEY 81, COLUMBIA BATTLE 68: Three players scored in double figures as Grain Valley defeated Columbia Battle in the opening round of the Sedalia Sacred Heart Tournament.
Jordan Mahurin led the way for the Eagles with 22 points. Cody Zeiger added 19 and Daniel Mahurin 17.
The Eagles never looked back after taking a 44-20 halftime lead.
“It was a good first game, and it was good to see the ball go in the basket,” Grain Valley coach Andy Herbert said. “We saw a lot of good things and lots to work on.”
Grain Valley faces Marshall at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the four-team, round robin tournament.
LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 64, NORTHEAST 30: The host Broncos evened their record at 1-1 with the easy victory.
“It was exciting for this group to get their first win,” said North coach Mike Hilbert said.
North was never pressured, owning quarter leads of 22-11, 39-16 and 56-27. Caleb Berry’s 21 points, Anthony Lupardus’ 12 and Josh DeBacker’s nine guided the Broncos.