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Examiner
  • Jaguars' juggernaut keeps rolling

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  • The Blue Springs South boys basketball juggernaut continues to roll, claiming victim after victim with its athleticism, chemistry, deep bench and all-out hustle.
    Raymore-Peculiar, the Jaguars’ latest victim, barely had time to break a sweat Tuesday night at South before the scoreboard read 14-1 in favor of coach Jimmy Cain's squad.
    And it got worse as the Class 5 No. 6-ranked Jaguars claimed a 76-34 Suburban Big Six mercy-clock victory to improve to 18-3 overall and 7-0 in league play with their sixth-straight win and 15th in 16 games.
    Sophomore point guard KJ Robinson did much of the damage against the Panthers, finishing with 21 points while flawlessly executing the Jaguar offense.
    Kevin Puryear had another typical outing, finishing with 16 points and eight rebounds, and Kendall Blanton and Brandon Kilgore added eight points each.
    To showcase the wealth of talent the Jaguars possess this season, guard Thomas Abarca came off the bench to hit all four of his 3-point attempts and finish with 12 points – and earn the praise of his coach.
    “Abarca does so many things when he comes into a game,” Cain said, “but you notice the 3s. But he also plays great defense and gets everyone involved in the offense. He's as valuable as any player on the team.”
    The senior guard loves his role, and his teammates.
    “This is a dream season,” Abarca said. “If I can come in and hit a 3, I know it energizes the team. And like the coaches tell me, if I miss the first one, I'll hit the second. I love my teammates and we're all having so much fun. As a senior, you can't ask for more.”
    The Jaguars used their inside-outside game to perfection against the undermanned Panthers, as Robinson hit two early 3-pointers to force Ray-Pec to bring out its perimeter defense.
    That's when the 6-foot-7 Puryear took over in the lane, scoring all 16 points in the first half.
    “We want to get everyone involved in the offense,” said Robinson, who had four 3-pointers. “If I have the outside shot, I'm going to take it because the bigs will take care of things inside. They grabbed every rebound tonight and scored a lot of points.
    “Tommy comes off the bench and hits all those 3s, and we dominate inside. It's just fun right now. It took me a while to feel comfortable running the offense, but now I can go out and play and react, I don't have to think about anything.”
    A Puryear offensive rebound and layup gave the Jaguars a 14-1 lead at 2:33 of the first period, and a Blanton layup off a Puryear pass made it 28-8 at the 6:11 mark of the second period.
    South led 45-18 at halftime and extended it to 62-32 going into the fourth quarter.
    Page 2 of 2 - Jacob Towler finished with six points and Paul Province again came off the bench and created a fan frenzy by hitting a late 3-pointer.
    Ben Harris was the lone Panther in double figures, finishing with 10 points.
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