William Chrisman’s boys basketball team erased a 15-9 first quarter deficit and overcame some free throw struggles to post a 58-49 victory over visiting North Kansas City.

Friday’s win, coupled with Fort Osage’s victory over Raytown, moved the Bears (10-7 overall) into a three-way tie atop the Suburban Middle Seven Conference. All three teams are 4-1 in league play.

Chrisman closed with 25-23 by halftime and took a 40-37 lead into the fourth. Randall Horn led the Bears with 19 points and Gannon Ogle added 12. A 15-of-33 effort on free throws kept the Bears from a bigger victory.

“We had a little foul trouble, and we had some discipline issues,” Chrisman coach Chad Wright said. “They played, just not as much. We got smarter, we decided to get in a defensive stance and we decided to drive to basket.

“If we’d hit our free throws, it would’ve been a different deal.”

PEMBROKE HILL 60, VAN HORN 48: The visiting Falcons couldn’t get their offense rolling Friday at Pembroke Hill.

Isaiah Gotsis had 21 points and Anthony Winningham 13 for Van Horn (7-10), but the Falcons trailed 11-5, 26-16 and 39-25 at the quarter breaks.

“We just couldn’t get anything to fall,” Van Horn coach Daniel Bieser said.