Senior transfer Andru Garrett continues to dazzle for the undefeated Grain Valley boys basketball team.
The guard, a transfer from Blue Springs High School, poured in 32 points on 14-of-22 shooting to spark the Eagles to a 71-54 victory over Clinton Friday in the semifinals of the Pleasant Hill Tournament.
The Eagles advanced to Saturday’s 4:30 p.m. championship game against Summit Christian Academy.
Clinton outscored Grain Valley 20-17 in the second quarter to take a 34-31 lead at halftime.
The Eagles, though, had a 19-9 advantage in the third quarter to take control with a 50-43 lead and sealed the win by outscoring the Cardinals 21-11 in the final period. The Eagles forced Clinton into 21 turnovers and scored 24 points off those.
“Extremely excited to play for another championship tomorrow,” Eagles coach Andy Herbert said after his team improved to 12-0 overall. “Our kids responded to the challenge tonight. We played as well as we've played all year in the second half. Their unselfishness offensively and their attention to detail defensively were the difference.”
Garrett sank 4 of 8 from 3-point range and achieved that total despite an 0-of-2 night at the free throw line. He also added eight rebounds – six on the offensive end – two steals, a block and an assist.
Tate Collum added 11 points, Ethan Macoubrie had 10 on 5-of-8 shooting and Josh Kilpatrick contributed nine.
RAYTOWN 76, TRUMAN 63: Truman couldn’t hold off host Raytown after a strong start in its Suburban Big Six opener Friday.
The Patriots grabbed a 31-29 lead at halftime but a Raytown surge late in the third quarter and fourth quarter allowed the Blue Jays to pull away. Raytown outscored the Patriots 19-13 in the third quarter and 47-32 in the second half.
"I could not be prouder of my team tonight,” Truman coach Rod Briggs said. “We followed our game plan, but just could not stop the inside scoring of Raytown late in the game."
Kaimen Lennox fired in 19 points, Don Edmondson added 13 and Sam Billimon had 11 to lead the Patriots (2-10, 0-1 Big Six).
Truman plays in the North Kansas City Tournament on Monday versus Columbia Rock Bridge at 2:30 pm on Monday
GRAIN VALLEY 68, GRANDVIEW 39: In a season full of ups and downs for the Eagles, they finally found some stability Friday.
Grain Valley took fifth place in the Pleasant Hill Tournament following a blowout win over the Bulldogs.
Kendra Sibert led Grain Valley (6-6) with 13 points, Sydney Williams and Keely Hill added 10 each and Jordan Weems chipped in with eight.
“I thought it was by far the best we played on both ends of the floor,” Grain Valley coach Randy Draper said. “Everyone who played contributed. I was impressed.”