There was a buzz in the Blue Springs High School gymnasium Tuesday night as MaxPreps was going to honor coach Kelly Donohoe's back-to-back Class 6 state championship football team with its Tour of Champions Award.
And coach Adam Jones' Wildcats were riding high following a victory in the championship game of Carl Junction CJ Classic tournament on Saturday.
“I was pretty excited about tonight,” Jones said following a disappointing 86-59 Suburban Big Six loss to a sizzling Lee's Summit squad that scored 29 points in the first quarter. “Kelly and his football team were going to be honored, we're coming off that championship win at Carl Junction and the guys were excited about playing Lee's Summit. Then, we come out and play like that – it's really disappointing.”
Jones said the Wildcats showed none of the poise or relentless defense that helped his squad earn the title at Carl Junction over the weekend.
“We played some great defense up there, and it was like we forgot how to play defense tonight,” Jones said of his Wildcats (9-6, 0-1 Big Six). “This is big boy basketball and we didn't play with the big boys tonight.
“Lee's Summit shot the ball well, but we didn't do a lot to stop them. Usually, for us, scoring 15 points in the first quarter has us right in the game. But not tonight. With this big crowd, you really want to put on a better performance.”
Brian Armstrong scored 16 points to lead the Wildcats.
Drew Lock, the junior forward who is one of the top football and basketball recruits in the state, put on a show the first period by scoring 12 of his 16 points and making a no-look pass to teammate Jordan Bennett that caught the attention of an appreciative Wildcat crowd.
“Drew is just a joy to coach,” Lee's Summit coach Blake Little said, “but he is by no means our entire team. He goes out and scores 12 of our first 29 points, then everyone else got involved in the offense.”
Sophomore guard Blake Spellman led all scorers with 24 points. The Tigers had a running clock much of the fourth quarter as each team played reserves.
Blue Springs won the junior varsity game 79-38.