The Fort Osage boys basketball team battled back when it counted.
Visiting Platte County rebounded from a 16-point deficit for a 60-58 lead late in the game. Then Fort Osage regrouped to score the final eight points for a 66-60 home victory Tuesday night.
Skylar Thompson hit two baskets and two free throws and Logan Haugmo a basket as the Indians pulled away for the victory to improve to 3-0.
“They switched defenses and we got complacent and hesitant and they hit some big shots,” Fort Osage coach Josh Wilson said of the Pirates’ comeback. “But we held our composure and came out with the win.”
Thompson and Haugmo shared Fort Osage scoring honors with 17 points each. Thompson also had eight rebounds. Brian Starr chipped in with 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Indians, who led 37-29 at halftime.
BLUE VALLEY (KAN.) NORTHWEST 66, WILLIAM CHRISMAN 45: A 33-18 halftime lead sparked visiting Blue Valley Northwest over the Bears.
Brett Pendergist scored 11 points, Darius Stone 10 and Alex Ball and Randall Horn added eight each as the Bears fell to 1-1.
GRAIN VALLEY 62, SMITHVILLE 53: Grain Valley outscored host Smithville 12-3 in the four-minute overtime for the victory.
Jordan Mahurin had 19 points, Daniel Mahurin totaled 18 on three 3-pointers and Hunter Ramirez added 11 as the Eagles improved to 3-1.
Smithville tied the score 50-50 with 20 seconds remaining on Brock Mick’s two free throws. Mick went on to lead all scorers with 25 points.
“It was a great win for us,” Grain Valley coach Andy Herbert said. “They are a really good team with a really good player. But we were tough and did all of the things needed to do to win. I am awful proud of them.”
Smithville outscored the Eagles 12-7 in the fourth quarter to force the overtime. Grain Valley led 30-26 at halftime.
On Saturday, Grain Valley had to settle for second place in the Sedalia Sacred Heart Gremlin Invitational. The host Gremlins broke to a 17-6 first-quarter lead and held on for a 58-55 victory.
“The kids played their tails off but we turned the ball over too many times to win against a team like this.” Herbert said of Saturday’s game. “They are big and strong. We got to within two in the first half and then trailed by six at halftime. “
Sacred Heart led 41-32 after three quarters as the Eagles suffered their first loss in three games.
Daniel Mahurin scored 22 points and Cory Zeigler sank four 3-pointers to total 18 for the Eagles.
GRANDVIEW 74, LEES SUMMIT 68: A gallant fourth quarter Lee’s Summit rally fell six points short in the Tuesday night loss to Grandview.
The Tigers outscored the Bulldogs 31-19 over the final eight minutes. Drew Lock had 16 points, Jordan Bennett 12 and Blake Spellman and Grant Robbins 11 each in the losing effort.