OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The Blue Springs South boys basketball built on a 39-33 halftime lead for a 79-68 victory over Blue Valley (Kan.) North Friday night to advance to the finals of the Viking Classic at Shawnee Mission West.
“It was a very solid win,” South coach Jimmy Cain said. “We had great effort. The defense was solid most of the night. It was a good win against a good team.”
South (11-2) handed North only its second loss in 10 games as Kevin Puryear scored 27 points and K.J. Robinson added 22. Kendall Blanton chipped in with 10.
South meets Lansing (Kan.) at 4:45 p.m. today for the title.
GRAIN VALLEY 62, EXCELSIOR SPRINGS 44: A big second half carried visiting Grain Valley to the Missouri River Valley Conference West victory.
The Eagles (11-3, 3-0) trailed 33-25 at halftime but outscored the Tigers 37-11 in the second half, including a 15-5 run in the third quarter to grab a 40-39 lead.
“We showed a lot of toughness and maturity in the second half,” Grain Valley coach Andy Herbert said.
Cody Zeigler tied a career-high with 19 points to lead the Eagles. Daniel Mahurin and Jordan Mahurin each added 13 and Hunter Ramirez nine.
BLUE SPRINGS 71, SENECA 30: Blue Springs coach Adam Jones was all smiles after his team’s rout of Seneca in the second round of the Carl Junction CJ Classic.
“We played well,” Jones said. “We played a complete game for the first time this season. Seneca is known for its outside shooting, and we held them to seven field goals. The kids challenged every shot. We got after it on defense.”
Tyree King and Cody Isabel guided Blue Springs (8-5) with 15 points apiece. Quinton Harris added 11 and Darius Vaughn nine.
Blue Springs meets host Carl Junction at 1:30 p.m. today in its final game in the round-robin tournament. A win gives the Wildcats the title.
RAYTOWN SOUTH 60, LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 54: Raytown South overcame Lee’s Summit North’s 10-point third-quarter lead to claim fifth place in the Culver’s Classic at Lee’s Summit High School.
“Raytown South got more aggressive and we were a little sloppy with the ball, said North coach Mike Hilbert of the loss. “We had some chances.”
Caleb Berry’s career-high 25 points guided the Broncos (6-8). Anthony Lupardus and Jalen Ford each added 12.