This was not holiday giving spirit William Chrisman boys basketball coach Chad Wright had in mind.
Through a mix of Lee’s Summit’s tight defense and the Bears’ own shortcomings, Wright’s team committed 29 turnovers and trailed from the get-go Tuesday in an 81-51 non-conference loss on its home court.
Whether it was dealing with the Tigers’ full-court pressure, maintaining possession for transition chances after a turnover, or simply working for an offensive set for a good shot – it didn’t matter. Chrisman had trouble all over.
“We dribbled the ball too much, and we don’t have guys moving without the ball,” first-year Bears coach Chad Wright said after his team fell to 1-2. “That forces the guys dribbling to do too much. It’s kind of a double-edged sword.”
Chrisman turned over its first five possessions and finished with 10 in the opening quarter, while Lee’s Summit (4-2) scored the game’s first six points and first pushed the margin to double digits when Drew Lock’s jumper made it 15-4. In the second quarter, a 10-0 run capped by Bruce Bias’ three-point play made it 32-14 at the 5:13 mark.
The Bears clawed back to 35-27 thanks in large part to Brett Pendergist’s dribble penetration, as he sank seven free throws and added a coast-to-coast to basket in the second quarter. Randall Horn’s second-chance basket of Gannon Ogle’s offensive rebound had the margin at a respectable 38-29 at halftime.
While Lee’s Summit coach Blake Little appreciated his team’s overall defensive effort, he said the Tigers didn’t play enough with their feet in the second quarter.
“Our guys were playing with their hands,” said Little, also a first-year coach. “When we don’t foul we’re pretty good.
“We want to push the pace. We’re not a big team, so we want to push the tempo. We have some depth, and if we rebound, we can push the tempo.”
The Tigers did just that to start the third quarter, as Bias scored three times, including a corner 3-pointer, and Lock drained his own trey from the win to raise their lead to 48-31 less than two minutes in.
Lee’s Summit led 65-39 after three quarters and first pushed the margin to 30 at 77-47 with three minutes remaining. The Chrisman turnovers led to numerous close-range looks, as the Tigers shot 29 of 56 from the field.
The 6-foot-5 Lock, who as a junior is drawing Division I college interest for both basketball and football, racked up 24 points, six rebounds and three steals before exiting early in the fourth. Bias tallied 18 points and six boards off the bench, while Oliver Edwards (12 points) and Jordan Bennett (11) also reached double-figure scoring.
“They played great defense,” Wright said of the Tigers. “They put great pressure on the ball and took away passing lanes.
“We’re just letting them get to the basket. We can’t let teams do that.”
Randall Horn had 14 points, Chris Horn 13 and Pendergist 11 for the Bears, who shot 17 of 43. Darius Stone snared eight rebounds.
“Tough one,” Wright said. “We have a long ways to go.”