Andy Herbert gained his 100th coaching victory as the Grain Valley boys basketball team stopped Clinton 55-47 Tuesday night to advance to the semifinals of the Pleasant Hill Invitational.
Jordan Mahurin and Daniel Mahurin each scored 13 points to help the Eagles advance to a 9 p.m. Thursday semifinal against Smithville.
“It was far from pretty,” Herbert, who is in his eighth season as the Grain Valley head coach, said of the career milestone win. “But we did enough things to win. We didn’t leave the gym feeling as good as we should.”
The teams were tied 18-18 at halftime. Grain Valley (8-2) outscored the Cardinals 19-12 in the third quarter to go ahead for good.
Nick Alvarado added nine points and Cory Zeigler had eight to help the Eagles to their fourth-consecutive victory.
FORT OSAGE 65, ST. JOSEPH BENTON 53: With a big assist from the bench, Fort Osage passed its first-round test Tuesday in Kearney’s Bulldog Classic.
“We had some kids step up,” Indians coach Josh Wilson said. “They came off the bench in the third and fourth quarters and played with a lot of energy and got us going in the right direction. We didn’t come out with much energy.”
Fort Osage (7-5), which led 31-25 at halftime, outscored Benton in each quarter to advance to Thursday’s 8 p.m. semifinal against St. Joseph Lafayette.
Brian Starr scored 14 points to spark the Indians. Skylar Thompson contributed 10 and Bailey Williamson and Logan Haugmo added eight each.
LEE’S SUMMIT 82, TRUMAN 77: Drew Lock made certain Truman didn’t leave Lee’s Summit with a victory.
He poured in 31 points, including 14 of 16 free throws in the fourth quarter, to help the Tigers hold off the Patriots Tuesday night in a non-conference matchup.
Reid Titus fired in 25 points, Michael Hernandez posted 22 and Dewayne Thornton added 18 to lead Truman.
Truman led 45-44 at halftime, but the Tigers rebounded to take a 60-55 lead after three quarters and then used Lock’s free throws to hold on for the victory and drop Truman to 3-8 overall.
WARRENSBURG 61, VAN HORN 29: Warrensburg was a rude visitor for the Van Horn girls basketball team Tuesday. The Tigers were in command throughout in routing the Falcons 61-29 Tuesday night.
“We got in early foul trouble and had 27 turnovers,” Van Horn coach Scorpio Horn said.
Malaea Ortiz scored 16 points to lead the Falcons.
RAYTOWN SOUTH 44, OAK GROVE 30: The Panthers fell to 3-9 with the road defeat and lost standout Jordyn Anspach, who separated her shoulder in the first quarter.
“That really hurt,” Oak Grove coach Mike Cox said of the injury. “She was our leading scorer. It was a tough game. Their speed hurt us.”
Easton Harmon’s 11 points led the Panthers.